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Twins capitalize on Yankees' miscues, end series skid in NY

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NEW YORK -- Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire is realistic. Taking two out of three from the Yankees for their first series win in New York in more than a decade is not going wipe out the Twins' horrid first half.

It sure feels good, though.

Aaron Hicks hit a three-run homer a pitch after shortstop Eduardo Nunez made a two-out throwing error, and Minnesota took advantage of some Yankees miscues and misfortune to beat CC Sabathia for the first time in six years, 10-4 Sunday.

"You still have to live with the way we played in the first half and our record is not very good," Gardenhire said, quickly adding: "Guys are smiling and that's what we want to see."

Justin Morneau had three hits -- two very well placed -- as Minnesota won a series at Yankee Stadium for the first time since taking a set at the old ballpark in 2001. Still, the Twins are 9-31 here starting a year later.

They'd had even less success against Sabathia (9-8), going 0-11 in 12 games including the postseason after beating him on July 29, 2007.

"Things went our way and that hasn't happened here in a long time," Gardenhire said.

The Yankees made two errors that led to five unearned runs. They also hit into four double plays -- two on baserunning blunders by Zoilo Almonte -- in making it plenty easy for the Twins in the teams' final game before the All-Star break.

The fans let New York know their displeasure, booing relentlessly after the Yankees fell behind 8-1 in the fourth.

Rookie Kyle Gibson (2-2) benefited from the sloppy play to earn his second win in four career starts. He pitched five-plus shaky innings, yielding three runs -- two earned -- on five hits and four walks.

Minnesota improved to 3-7 on a 10-game road trip and is 39-53.

"It's been a terrible road trip," Ryan Doumit said. "It's nice to win two out of three going into the break, give us a little bit of a momentum, especially two out of three against the Yankees at their place is big for us."

After the game, Gardehire said the team is making three moves, sending outfielders Oswaldo Arcia and Chris Parmelee and infielder Eduardo Escobar to Triple-A Rochester.

"They need to go swing, all of them do," said Gardenhire, who emphasized all three are part of the club's future.

To take their spots, the Twins will purchase the contract of infielder Doug Bernier and recall catcher Chris Herrmann from Rochester. A third move will be made sometime before Friday's game against Cleveland.

New York goes into the break 51-44, good for fourth place in the AL East.

"I think we just need to be more consistent, we got to stay out of stretches where we don't score runs," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We have to be more consistent offensively and if we do that, we're going to have a shot."

Sabathia gave up a season-high eight runs -- three earned -- and matched his low of four innings this year.

Lyle Overbay couldn't handle Doumit's two-out hot shot to first base with the bases loaded in the fourth for an error to let in two runs to make it 8-1. The previous batter, Morneau hit a popup in between the mound and second base that was just out of a lunging Sabathia's reach. Sabathia slid on his knees after missing the ball as Jamey Carroll scored.

In the third, Morneau, who came in batting .128 against Sabathia, hit a short fly to right that hit off second baseman Robinson Cano's glove for a double. Nunez made his error two batters later and Hicks connected for a 5-0 lead.

Sabathia shouted and Nunez took off his glove and held his hand on his hip as Hicks rounded the bases with his eighth homer of the year.

"Guys are going to make errors," Sabathia said. "It's up to the pitcher to make pitches."

In the first inning, Almonte burst off first base on Cano's sharp liner to right and was doubled off to end the inning. The rookie tried tagging up on a routine fly to left field in the third but was out at home by several feet.

Almonte reached on second baseman Brian Dozier's fielding error and advanced on Cano's RBI single that made it 5-1 and a groundout.

Carroll -- in the lineup because he was 4 for 10 against Sabathia -- and Pedro Florimon had RBI singles in the second.

Ichiro Suzuki, who had three hits, homered in the seventh to make it 8-4. Dozier had an RBI double in the eighth and Yankees catcher Chris Stewart's passed ball allowed one more in the ninth.

Notes

  • Cano had at least one RBI in all seven games against the Twins this year. He had nine in a four-game sweep at Minnesota.
  • Girardi said Andy Pettitte will start Friday at Boston in the first game after the break. He will be followed by Hiroki Kuroda and Sabathia.
  • Gardenhire set his post-break rotation, too: Mike Pelfrey, Kevin Correia, Scott Diamond and Samuel Deduno.
  • Girardi said injured SS Derek Jeter (quad strain) will not be evaluated until Thursday or Friday.
  • Alex Rodriguez went 1 for 3 with a run-scoring double and two RBIs for Class A Tampa, his first extra-base hit during a minor league rehabilitation assignment. A-Rod is scheduled to join Double-A Trenton for Monday's game at Reading, Pa.
 
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Justin Morneau gets one of his three hits as the Twins win a series at Yankee Stadium for the first time since 2001 (USATSI)
Justin Morneau gets one of his three hits as the Twins win a series at Yankee Stadium for the first time since 2001 (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Minnesota

A. Hicks
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
New York

I. Suzuki
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Minnesota Twins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brian Dozier, 2B6121015 .235
Joe Mauer, C4110111 .320
Justin Morneau, 1B5131001 .273
Ryan Doumit, RF5110023 .237
Trevor Plouffe, DH5320021 .265
Aaron Hicks, CF4113122 .197
Clete Thomas, LF5010011 .234
Jamey Carroll, 3B4111133 .219
Pedro Florimon, SS4121121 .235
Totals4210147414  
Batting
2B - Brian Dozier 2 (15, Sabathia), Joe Mauer (30, Warren), Justin Morneau (23, Sabathia), Pedro Florimon (10, Warren)
HR - Aaron Hicks (8, Sabathia)
RBI - Brian Dozier (35), Justin Morneau (52), Aaron Hicks 3 (24), Jamey Carroll (9), Pedro Florimon (31)
2-OUT RBI - Aaron Hicks 3 (12), Jamey Carroll (5), Pedro Florimon (13)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Ryan Doumit 1, Clete Thomas 1
DP - Doumit-Morneau, Doumit-Morneau-Thomas-Mauer, Doumit-Morneau-Thomas-Mauer-Florimon-Dozier-Morneau, Doumit-Morneau-Thomas-Mauer-Florimon-Dozier-Morneau-Carroll-Dozier-Morneau
E - Brian Dozier (3, Misplayed grounder)
Minnesota Twins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kyle Gibson (W,2-2) 5532410 6.45
Anthony Swarzak 1100000 3.55
Caleb Thielbar 0.2111111 0.83
Jared Burton 1.1100000 3.67
Glen Perkins 1200020 1.82
HBP - L. Cruz (by Kyle Gibson)
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Gibson 93-51, Anthony Swarzak 15-9, Caleb Thielbar 22-13, Jared Burton 11-7, Glen Perkins 19-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Gibson 5-8, Anthony Swarzak 1-1, Jared Burton 2-1
Batters Faced - Kyle Gibson 24, Anthony Swarzak 3, Caleb Thielbar 4, Jared Burton 4, Glen Perkins 5
New York (A.L.) Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ichiro Suzuki, CF5232000 .283
Zoilo Almonte, LF5010012 .267
Robinson Cano, 2B4021101 .302
Travis Hafner, DH5010014 .218
Vernon Wells, RF4000014 .238
Lyle Overbay, 1B2120200 .252
Eduardo Nunez, SS3110103 .215
Luis Cruz, 3B2000102 .150
Chris Stewart, C3001004 .241
   a-Austin Romine, PH1000010 .158
Totals34410454  
a-struck out for Stewart in the 9th
Batting
HR - Ichiro Suzuki (6, Thielbar)
RBI - Ichiro Suzuki 2 (25), Robinson Cano (65), Chris Stewart (14)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Vernon Wells 1
E - Eduardo Nunez (5, Throwing), Lyle Overbay (3, Misplayed grounder)
PB - Chris Stewart (5)
New York (A.L.) Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
CC Sabathia (L,9-8) 4883251 4.07
Preston Claiborne 1000020 2.43
Adam Warren 2.1411040 3.09
Boone Logan 0.2000000 2.16
Joba Chamberlain 1211230 5.40
Pitches-Strikes - CC Sabathia 93-60, Preston Claiborne 12-7, Adam Warren 44-31, Boone Logan 8-3, Joba Chamberlain 32-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - CC Sabathia 5-3, Adam Warren 2-1, Boone Logan 2-0
Batters Faced - CC Sabathia 23, Preston Claiborne 3, Adam Warren 11, Boone Logan 2, Joba Chamberlain 7
Game Information
Attendance - 43131
Game Time - 3:36
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - Gary Cederstrom, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Victor Carapazza