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N.Y. Yankees (28-27) «0030030000017110
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Abreu is clutch in Yankees' extra-inning win

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The New York Yankees are creeping forward after their now-annual slow start, their still-fearsome lineup nearly reassembled from a rash of injuries.

Bobby Abreu broke a 12th-inning tie with a one-out single Saturday night in a 7-6 victory over the Minnesota Twins, and the Yankees rolled into June with a winning record.

"It's great. Hopefully we're not done," said Johnny Damon, whose hit off Juan Rincon (2-2) started the deciding rally. Slumping Derek Jeter's single was sandwiched in between.

In taking the first two of four in Minnesota, both by one run, only seven of the Yankees' 27 hits have been for extra bases. They stole four bases in this game, though Alex Rodriguez's attempt for a fifth was thwarted by a nifty pickoff move by Dennys Reyes in the 10th.

This was their eighth win in the past 10 games, and they moved to 28-27 -- above the break-even mark for the first time since May 4. When catcher Jorge Posada rejoins his teammates next week, he'll find a group with a good vibe and plenty of fuel for the summer. For a while, it looked as if this team might be too old to keep up in the race anymore.

"This is where we need to be," Damon said. "This is what we've been missing early on. Seemed like mistakes would come find us. Now we're trying to put the mistakes on the other team."

Mike Lamb just missed ending the game for the Twins in the 10th, hustling for a two-out triple after a high drive off the right-field wall against Ross Ohlendorf (1-1), who earned his first major league win with two scoreless innings. He struck out Carlos Gomez on a pitch well out of the zone to end that threat.

"We just couldn't come up with a big hit," manager Ron Gardenhire said.

The Twins left two men on in both the 10th and with none out in the 11th, for a total of 12. Mariano Rivera pitched the 12th for his 15th save in 15 tries.

"It's certainly a memorable night. It makes it special for me in that it was a pressure situation," Ohlendorf said.

Boof Bonser was in a pressure situation himself, pitching for his spot in the Twins' rotation while a rehabilitating Scott Baker took the mound in Florida on an extended spring training assignment.

Bonser probably wasn't good enough to avoid a move to the bullpen, yielding five hits and three walks in five innings, but three unearned runs in the third inning sure weren't his fault.

The normally sure-fielding Nick Punto came off the disabled list, started at shortstop with the chance to work his way into the everyday lineup again ... and fumbled an easy grounder.

His error was the definition of costly, too, following a two-out walk drawn by Damon. It allowed Jeter to reach, setting up an RBI double by Abreu and a two-run single by Rodriguez. Both of those hits soared straight over Punto's head and out of his reach.

Bonser acknowledged that his tenuous status weighed on him.

"Hopefully I'll get another chance," he said.

The Yankees had a brief 6-3 lead, but Chien-Ming Wang gave up two runs in the sixth and Michael Cuddyer tied it against Edwar Ramirez with a homer in the seventh.

After totaling 40 home runs over the last two seasons, Cuddyer has only two this year -- and this was his first in more than a month. That was also the first run charged to Ramirez this season after 47 outs.

Wang was unimpressive again for the Yankees, failing to win for the fifth straight start. He gave up nine hits, five runs and three walks -- all by Alexi Casilla -- in 5 1/3 innings. Gomez, the last batter he faced, hit an RBI single to cut New York's lead to 6-5.

This came after Bonser began the sixth by ominously walking Hideki Matsui. Jason Giambi singled, Jesse Crain was summoned from the bullpen, and soon the lead was three. Melky Cabrera followed Jose Molina's tiebreaker with a sacrifice fly, and Damon added an RBI single.

"I knew what I was going up against with this team," Bonser said.

Notes

  • Jeter went 1-for-6 and has four hits in his past 43 at-bats. Manager Joe Girardi said before the game it's "possible" the slump stems from the pitch that hit Jeter on the hand against Baltimore on May 20, but he didn't express concern.
  • Cuddyer was growing out a beard he didn't plan to shave until he homered again, but he showed up at the stadium Saturday sporting only a goatee. "It just gets all itchy," he said.
  • The Twins plan to discount certain tickets by the current amount of the national average per-gallon price of gas, updated each week.
  • Ramirez's scoreless streak was actually 21 appearances, including eight in Triple-A.
  • LH Craig Breslow got five outs without a baserunner, including three strikeouts in his Twins debut.
 
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Johnny Damon receives a hero's welcome after scoring the eventual winning run for the Yankees.  (AP)
Johnny Damon receives a hero's welcome after scoring the eventual winning run for the Yankees. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

B. Abreu
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Minnesota

M. Cuddyer
AB 6
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
New York Yankees
Johnny Damon, LF5221101 .291
Derek Jeter, SS6110011 .269
Bobby Abreu, RF5122120 .298
Alex Rodriguez, 3B5012112 .288
Hideki Matsui, DH4110201 .337
Jason Giambi, 1B6110014 .240
    Wilson Betemit, 1B0000000 .265
Robinson Cano, 2B5010003 .219
Jose Molina, C5111011 .218
Melky Cabrera, CF4011011 .265
Totals45711757  
Batting
2B - Bobby Abreu (12, Bonser), Hideki Matsui (12, Bonser), Jose Molina (11, Crain)
SF - Melky Cabrera (3)
RBI - Johnny Damon (25), Bobby Abreu 2 (36), Alex Rodriguez 2 (21), Jose Molina (6), Melky Cabrera (24)
2-OUT RBI - Johnny Damon (12), Bobby Abreu (22), Alex Rodriguez 2 (10)
SB - Johnny Damon (8, 2nd base off Bonser/Mauer), Bobby Abreu (5, 2nd base off Bonser/Mauer), Alex Rodriguez 2 (6, 2nd base off Bonser/Mauer, 2nd base off Reyes/Mauer)
CS - Alex Rodriguez (1, 3rd base by Reyes/Mauer)
Team LOB - 8
New York Yankees
Chien-Ming Wang 5.1955340 4.14
Edwar Ramirez (BS,1) 1.1111001 0.56
Jose Veras 1.1100010 3.86
Kyle Farnsworth 1000020 4.26
Ross Ohlendorf (W,1-1) 2200240 5.97
Mariano Rivera (S,15) 1000010 0.36
IBB - Punto by Ross Ohlendorf
Pitches-Strikes - Chien-Ming Wang 92-58, Edwar Ramirez 13-11, Jose Veras 20-13, Kyle Farnsworth 15-11, Ross Ohlendorf 45-28, Mariano Rivera 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chien-Ming Wang 5-7, Edwar Ramirez 1-3, Jose Veras 1-2, Kyle Farnsworth 1-0, Mariano Rivera 1-1
Batters Faced - Chien-Ming Wang 28, Edwar Ramirez 5, Jose Veras 5, Kyle Farnsworth 3, Ross Ohlendorf 10, Mariano Rivera 3
Minnesota Twins
Carlos Gomez, CF6011024 .282
Alexi Casilla, 2B3211300 .340
Joe Mauer, C5010114 .315
Justin Morneau, 1B6011014 .305
Michael Cuddyer, RF6122023 .232
Jason Kubel, DH6000034 .241
Delmon Young, LF6230032 .264
Mike Lamb, 3B6030002 .255
Nick Punto, SS4111101 .264
Totals486136512  
Batting
2B - Delmon Young (7, Wang), Mike Lamb (8, Wang)
3B - Mike Lamb (2, Ohlendorf)
HR - Michael Cuddyer (2, Ramirez)
SF - Nick Punto (1)
RBI - Carlos Gomez (23), Alexi Casilla (13), Justin Morneau (42), Michael Cuddyer 2 (22), Nick Punto (8)
2-OUT RBI - Justin Morneau (15)
SB - Alexi Casilla (2, 2nd base off Wang/Molina), Delmon Young (9, 3rd base off Wang/Molina), Nick Punto (4, 2nd base off Wang/Molina)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Punto-Morneau
E - Nick Punto (2, Misplayed grounder)
Minnesota Twins
Boof Bonser 5552320 5.97
Jesse Crain 1211000 4.05
Craig Breslow 1.2000030 2.70
Matt Guerrier 0.1000010 3.16
Joe Nathan 1100010 1.59
Dennys Reyes 1000100 2.55
Juan Rincon (L,2-2) 1.2311100 4.38
Brian Bass 0.1000000 5.61
Pitches-Strikes - Boof Bonser 103-67, Jesse Crain 20-15, Craig Breslow 26-20, Matt Guerrier 3-3, Joe Nathan 15-10, Dennys Reyes 12-5, Juan Rincon 31-17, Brian Bass 3-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Boof Bonser 8-6, Jesse Crain 1-2, Joe Nathan 1-0, Dennys Reyes 1-1, Juan Rincon 3-2
Batters Faced - Boof Bonser 24, Jesse Crain 5, Craig Breslow 5, Matt Guerrier 1, Joe Nathan 3, Dennys Reyes 3, Juan Rincon 9, Brian Bass 1
Game Information
Attendance - 36441
Game Time - 4:35
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - Chris Tiller, Second Base - Gary Darling, Third Base - Jerry Meals