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    Minnesota «0010030015--

    Twins 5, Yankees 1

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    FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - Whether it was an aberration or a sign of things to come, the Minnesota Twins were happy to see their sudden power surge.

    Danny Valencia and Joe Benson hit solo home runs and Mike Holliman had a three-run drive in a 5-1 victory over a New York Yankees' split squad on Sunday. The Twins had hit just three home runs in their first nine exhibition games.

    "It makes it all the more worthwhile, that's for sure," Valencia said. "You don't want to feel like you're out there taking a hundred swings with blisters all over your hands for nothing."

    While the Yankees left their starting infield back in Tampa for a game against the Phillies, they brought starter Phil Hughes as he tries to rebound from a dreadful, injury filled 2011.

    He allowed one hit in three scoreless innings with one walk and one strikeout, and his velocity continues to be up over last year. Manager Joe Girardi, wanting to track Hughes closely, made the long bus ride to Fort Myers rather than stay in Tampa to watch CC Sabathia and Mariano Rivera pitch in a 3-0 win over a Philadelphia split squad.

    "I thought he had everything today," Girardi said. "I thought his fastball location was much better. I thought he threw some good changeups. Pleased, very pleased."

    Hughes was 18-8 in 2010 before back and neck injuries decimated last year.

    Girardi keeps saying he won't make any evaluations of starting pitchers until their fourth or fifth appearances. With Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda guaranteed starting slots, Hughes is competing with Ivan Nova, Michael Pineda and Freddy Garcia for the final three berths.

    "It's like saying you're going for a job interview and the first five minutes don't count," Hughes said. "Obviously, you're still going to be judged on the early results. I still want to come out early and show something."

    So does Minnesota's offense. Beset by injuries, the Twins were last in the AL in home runs in 2011 and 13th among the 14 teams in RBIs. They finished 63-99, their second-worst record during 51 season in Minnesota.

    Benson. starting because Denard Span was scratched with a stiff neck, went 2-for-3 with a fifth-inning homer off

    Adam Warren. Valencia homered in the seventh against Graham Stoneburner, and Holliman connected in the eighth off Adam Miller.

    "We like to see balls fly," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Get the barrel on it, see what happens."

    Twins starter Nick Blackburn gave up three hits in three scoreless innings. Blackburn, who missed time last year because of an injured forearm, had thrown three scoreless innings in "B" games.

    "I kind of battled myself out there, but for my first time out against an actual lineup, I'll take it," Blackburn said.

    Curtis Granderson, Francisco Cervelli and Nick Swisher doubled. Cervelli, the Yankees' backup catcher, went 3-for-3 with an RBI.

     
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    New York Yankees
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Brett Gardner, LF1000100 .200
        Zoilo Almonte, LF1000010 .444
    Curtis Granderson, CF3010011 .308
        Melky Mesa, CF1000000 .222
    Nick Swisher, RF3010001 .286
        Raymond Kruml, PR-RF1100000 .000
    Raul Ibanez, DH3000011 .111
       a- Gary Sanchez, PH-DH1010000 .600
    Francisco Cervelli, C3031000 .231
        Kyle Higashioka, C1000011 .333
    Jorge Vazquez, 3B3000003 .091
        Walter Ibarra, SS10100001.000
    Jayson Nix, 2B3010012 .357
        Luke Murton, 1B1000001 .000
    Brandon Laird, 1B2000002 .182
        Corban Joseph, 2B2010000 .111
    Ramiro Pena, SS2000000 .364
        John Murphy, 3B1000001 .200
    Totals3319115  
    a-singled for Ibanez in the 8th
    Batting
    2B - Curtis Granderson (2, Blackburn), Nick Swisher (3, Thompson), Francisco Cervelli (1, Duensing)
    RBI - Francisco Cervelli (3)
    SB - Brett Gardner (2, 2nd base off Capps/Mauer)
    CS - Corban Joseph (1, 2nd base by Manship/Towles)
    Team LOB - 7
    Fielding
    DP - Pena-Nix-Laird
    New York Yankees
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Phil Hughes 3100110 2.08
    Adam Warren 3311101 3.60
    Graham Stoneburner (L,0-1) 1211101 6.00
    Adam Miller 1233101 54.00
    HBP - Willingham (by Adam Warren)
    WP - Adam Warren (1)
    Pitches-Strikes - Phil Hughes 15-11, Adam Warren 18-12, Graham Stoneburner 13-5, Adam Miller 14-7
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Phil Hughes 4-3, Adam Warren 4-5, Graham Stoneburner 2-0
    Batters Faced - Phil Hughes 10, Adam Warren 14, Graham Stoneburner 5, Adam Miller 6
    Minnesota Twins
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Ben Revere, LF3010001 .333
        Wilkin Ramirez, LF0000100 .286
    Jamey Carroll, SS3000002 .067
        Pedro Florimon, SS1000001 .000
    Joe Mauer, C3000001 .231
        J.R. Towles, C1000000 .400
    Justin Morneau, 1B2010101 .214
        Aaron Bates, PR-1B1000000 .300
    Josh Willingham, RF2000000 .231
        Brian Dinkelman, RF1110000 .308
    Ryan Doumit, DH2000103 .273
       a- Luke Hughes, PH-DH0100100 .000
    Danny Valencia, 3B3111001 .353
        Michael Hollimon, 3B1113000 .667
    Joe Benson, CF3121010 .214
        Darin Mastroianni, CF1000000 .143
    Alexi Casilla, 2B2010000 .438
        Ray Chang, 2B1000000 .200
    Totals3058541  
    a-walked for Doumit in the 8th
    Batting
    2B - Brian Dinkelman (1, Miller)
    HR - Danny Valencia (2, Stoneburner), Michael Hollimon (1, Miller), Joe Benson (1, Warren)
    RBI - Danny Valencia (5), Michael Hollimon 3 (4), Joe Benson (3)
    2-OUT RBI - Michael Hollimon 3 (3)
    CS - Joe Benson (1, 2nd base by Stoneburner/Higashioka)
    Team LOB - 6
    Fielding
    Outfield Assists - Joe Benson 1
    DP - Hollimon-Chang-Bates
    Minnesota Twins
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Nick Blackburn 3300010 0.00
    Brian Duensing 1100010 0.00
    Matt Capps 1000110 2.25
    Aaron Thompson (BS,1) 1211000 4.50
    Jeff Manship (W,1-0) 1100010 2.70
    Carlos Gutierrez (H,1) 1100010 0.00
    Brendan Wise 1100000 0.00
    HBP - Gardner (by Nick Blackburn)
    Pitches-Strikes - Nick Blackburn 14-13, Brian Duensing 6-6, Matt Capps 9-5, Aaron Thompson 5-5, Jeff Manship 5-5, Carlos Gutierrez 6-6, Brendan Wise 3-3
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nick Blackburn 4-3, Brian Duensing 2-0, Matt Capps 2-0, Carlos Gutierrez 1-1, Brendan Wise 2-0
    Batters Faced - Nick Blackburn 12, Brian Duensing 4, Matt Capps 4, Aaron Thompson 5, Jeff Manship 3, Carlos Gutierrez 4, Brendan Wise 3
    Game Information
    Attendance - 8115
    Game Time - 2:30
    Temperature - 82
    Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Tim Tschida, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Mark Lollo