Minnesota at New York

N.Y. Yankees
W: D. Robertson (2-0) L: K. Slowey (6-7)
HR: MIN - None   NYY - B. Abreu (11)

Yankees move season-best 10 games above .500 with win

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NEW YORK -- Robinson Cano is hitting .522 since the All-Star break. The New York Yankees are even better: 5-for-5.

Bobby Abreu hit a go-ahead homer in the sixth inning and drove in three runs, leading the surging Yankees past the Minnesota Twins 8-2 on Tuesday night, their ninth consecutive victory at home.

Derek Jeter added a two-run double and Cano continued his typical second-half tear with two RBI singles, his fifth straight multihit game as New York improved to 5-0 since the break.

"We're playing great right now," Cano said. "We're doing our job with men on base better than the first half."

New York's effective bullpen came through again after Darrell Rasner was pulled in the sixth, and the Yankees (55-45) reached 10 games over .500 for the first time this year. They moved within 3½ games of first-place Tampa Bay in the AL East, the closest they've been to first since play concluded on May 14.

The home winning streak is New York's longest since a nine-game run in May 2005.

"You've got to take advantage of being at home," manager Joe Girardi said. "The most important thing to me is that we're playing better."

Minnesota, which is 1½ games behind first-place Chicago in the AL Central, dropped to 3-18 at Yankee Stadium since the start of the 2002 season. The Twins (55-45) have lost seven straight series in the Bronx.

"We missed a couple plays out there, which always kills you in this ballpark," manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Trailing 2-1 in the sixth, New York got a rally going against Kevin Slowey (6-7), who was pitching for the first time in 12 days.

Johnny Damon led off with a single and Abreu hit a two-run homer with one out. Alex Rodriguez then singled to chase Slowey, who was 4-0 in his previous six starts.

Rodriguez stole second and Dennys Reyes walked Jason Giambi before Cano's RBI single made it 4-2.

"I felt like it's not a good effort. It's my job to finish that sixth inning," Slowey said. "I made one mistake to Abreu and he kind of jumped on it. All it takes is one mistake."

The Yankees broke it open with four runs in the seventh.

Light-hitting rookie Brett Gardner drew a leadoff walk from Jesse Crain, and Damon reached on an error by third baseman Brian Buscher. Jeter grounded a two-run double down the third-base line and Abreu followed with an RBI double.

Giambi's run-scoring single off Brian Bass made it 8-2.

David Robertson (2-0) relieved Rasner with runners at the corners in the sixth and retired Delmon Young on one pitch to keep New York's deficit at 2-1.

Jose Veras pitched a scoreless seventh, Kyle Farnsworth struck out three in a hitless eighth and Dan Giese finished.

Yankees relievers have a 1.60 ERA over the past 21 games.

"The bullpen's been incredible," Rasner said. "Some things are coming together."

Rodriguez hit a leadoff double in the second and scored on a one-out single by Cano, who is 12-for-23 since the All-Star break. The second baseman is batting .339 after the break for his career.

"Lucky," he said. "I'm doing the same things."

Cano's father, Jose, who pitched briefly for the Houston Astros in 1989, threw to him last Wednesday back home in the Dominican Republic and the two worked on game situations.

"I feel like I'm staying behind the ball, not reaching or jumping like I was in the first half," Cano said.

Minnesota went ahead 2-1 in the sixth. Carlos Gomez led off with a double, went to third on Denard Span's infield single and scored when Giambi couldn't handle Cano's rushed throw to first.

The error was charged to Giambi, who later made a nice play on Jason Kubel's RBI groundout.


  • Minnesota RF Michael Cuddyer, sidelined since June 28 with a strained tendon in his left index finger, had a CT scan on his knuckles that did not reveal a tear. Twins doctors will determine a course of treatment, and the team isn't sure when he'll be able to return.
  • Gardenhire dropped the slumping Gomez from the leadoff spot to No. 9 in the order.
  • Yankees C Jorge Posada had his injured throwing shoulder examined by New York Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek. The Yankees said they hoped to have information Wednesday on whether Posada will need season-ending surgery.
  • Girardi said he hopes Damon, just back from a left shoulder injury, might be able to play the outfield this weekend in Boston.
  • Farnsworth, who has 10 straight scoreless appearances, has held opposing batters hitless in their past 28 at-bats -- a span of nine innings.
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Bobby Abreu's (right) two-run homer in the sixth lifts the surging Yankees.  (Getty Images)
Bobby Abreu's (right) two-run homer in the sixth lifts the surging Yankees. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
New York

B. Abreu
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
New York

R. Cano
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0

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Minnesota Twins
Denard Span, RF3120100 .341
Alexi Casilla, 2B3010011 .320
Joe Mauer, C4000023 .319
Justin Morneau, 1B1000311 .318
Jason Kubel, DH4001013 .260
Delmon Young, LF4010002 .297
Brian Buscher, 3B3000101 .320
Nick Punto, SS4000022 .311
Carlos Gomez, CF3110000 .248
2B - Carlos Gomez (17, Rasner)
SH - Alexi Casilla (8)
RBI - Jason Kubel (48)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Punto-Morneau, Punto-Casilla-Morneau
E - Brian Buscher (4, Misplayed grounder), Nick Punto (4, Throwing)
Minnesota Twins
Kevin Slowey (L,6-7) 5.1544231 4.41
Dennys Reyes 0.1100100 2.63
Jesse Crain 0.1243100 3.38
Brian Bass 2100120 5.04
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Slowey 96-63, Dennys Reyes 13-7, Jesse Crain 17-10, Brian Bass 31-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Slowey 5-7, Jesse Crain 1-1, Brian Bass 4-0
Batters Faced - Kevin Slowey 22, Dennys Reyes 3, Jesse Crain 5, Brian Bass 8
New York Yankees
Johnny Damon, DH3210200 .319
Derek Jeter, SS5112013 .283
Bobby Abreu, RF4223001 .277
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4220001 .319
Jason Giambi, 1B2011201 .256
    Richie Sexson, 1B0000000 .219
Robinson Cano, 2B4022011 .263
Melky Cabrera, CF4000004 .244
Chad Moeller, C2000001 .232
   a- Wilson Betemit, PH1000002 .250
    Jose Molina, C1000010 .226
Brett Gardner, LF3100120 .161
a-flied out for Moeller in the 6th
2B - Derek Jeter (20, Crain), Bobby Abreu (24, Crain), Alex Rodriguez (19, Slowey)
HR - Bobby Abreu (11, Slowey)
RBI - Derek Jeter 2 (46), Bobby Abreu 3 (64), Jason Giambi (57), Robinson Cano 2 (45)
SB - Alex Rodriguez (15, 2nd base off Reyes/Mauer)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Cano-Jeter-Giambi, Cano-Jeter-Giambi
E - Melky Cabrera (4, Misplayed grounder), Jason Giambi (5, Missed catch of throw)
New York Yankees
Darrell Rasner 5.2422420 4.83
David Robertson (W,2-0) 0.1000000 1.59
Jose Veras (H,6) 1000010 2.97
Kyle Farnsworth 1000130 3.35
Dan Giese 1100010 2.59
Pitches-Strikes - Darrell Rasner 92-52, Jose Veras 12-7, Kyle Farnsworth 20-11, Dan Giese 13-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Darrell Rasner 9-4, David Robertson 1-0, Jose Veras 1-1, Dan Giese 1-1
Batters Faced - Darrell Rasner 23, David Robertson 1, Jose Veras 3, Kyle Farnsworth 4, Dan Giese 4
Game Information
Attendance - 53406
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Tim McClelland, First Base - Mike DiMuro, Second Base - Damien Beal, Third Base - Mike Everitt