New York at Minnesota

New York
W: D. Huff (3-0) L: K. Gibson (7-7) S: D. Robertson (20)
HR: NYY - None   MIN - B. Dozier (16),C. Colabello (5)

Yankees bullpen preserves road win over Minnesota wire reports

MINNEAPOLIS -- The New York Yankees have a bunch of proud, highly paid and accomplished hitters who have been performing much of this season as if they are well past their prime.

Signs of a turnaround have emerged in this series at Minnesota.

Brian Roberts had three doubles and a triple for the first four-extra-base-hit game of his 14-year career, and the Yankees used their bullpen to preserve a 6-5 win over the Twins on Friday.

"Hitting is contagious. I think it goes both ways," said Roberts, who raised his batting average by 11 points to .248. "When a couple guys start struggling, sometimes everybody starts struggling. A couple guys start hitting, it can kind of roll. So hopefully we'll fall in that direction."

David Huff (2-0), the first of four New York relievers, struck out three in three perfect innings after starter Chase Whitley faltered. David Robertson notched his 20th save in the ninth.

"It's always big when the bullpen can pick up six innings and we still get a win out of it," Robertson said.

The veterans in the lineup did the heavy lifting early on. Jacoby Ellsbury delivered a two-run single in the second to help finish off Twins starter Kyle Gibson (7-7), and the Yankees had 10 hits for the second straight game.

"It was probably the most frustrating part, looking back," Gibson said of Ellsbury's hit that pushed the lead to 6-1.

Gibson brought the American League's best home-ballpark ERA among qualified pitchers at 1.54, but he only lasted two innings against the Yankees. One of the runs on his line was unearned, due to a passed ball by Kurt Suzuki that let Mark Teixeira move up and later score on Carlos Beltran's sacrifice fly in the first, but almost every ball was hit hard.

"They jumped on him and never let him breathe," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Brett Gardner led off the game with a triple, Roberts drove him in with a double and Gibson was on his way to that kind of day. He gave up six hits and one walk, without any strikeouts. Teixeira had an RBI double, and Brendan Ryan added a sacrifice fly.

"We've said all along these guys are good hitters, and eventually it's going to turn," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

The matchup on the mound between Whitley and Gibson quickly deteriorated, but a legitimate duel between Huff and Sam Deduno developed.

Whitley gave up eight hits, four runs and one walk in three innings with four strikeouts, putting his spot in the injury-depleted rotation in a tenuous place. The rookie was unbeaten in his first seven starts, allowing three runs or fewer each time, but he has allowed a whopping 27 hits and 17 runs in 10 1/3 innings over his last three turns.

"It's very frustrating, but you've got to keep working to give the team a chance to win," Whitley said.

Brian Dozier led off the Minnesota first with his 16th homer, and Chris Colabello went deep the next inning in his first at-bat since May 23. Oswaldo Arcia had an RBI triple and scored on Trevor Plouffe's single to pull the Twins within two before Huff took charge.

"Whether he goes eight or he goes three, we're always going to be ready for him. We're there to back him up and get him through the game," Huff said.

Dellin Betances dodged trouble in the eighth inning after Colabello cut the lead to one with an RBI groundout. Teixeira made a diving stop to his right at first base on Eduardo Escobar's sharp grounder, recovering in time to throw to Betances for the third out with a runner on third.

This Independence Day game, pitting the Yankees and Twins at Target Field for the second straight year, was preceded by a ceremony for the 75th anniversary of Lou Gehrig's moving farewell address, shortly after he was diagnosed with the degenerative neurological disease that would later bear his name. Players from both teams read prerecorded portions of the speech.


The Yankees are 15-3 at Target Field, including two postseason wins. ... University of Minnesota basketball coach and lifelong Yankees fan Richard Pitino sat in the first row behind home plate. ... David Phelps (3-4, 4.26 ERA) will pitch for the Yankees Saturday, and Yohan Pino (0-2, 6.32 ERA) will take the mound for the Twins. The Twins will honor retiring Yankees captain Derek Jeter before the game with a farewell gift. Jeter had Friday off to rest. Brendan Ryan played SS instead.

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Brian Roberts, who gets four hits and scores two runs for the Yankees, lays the tag on Brian Dozier for an out. (USATSI)
Brian Roberts, who gets four hits and scores two runs for the Yankees, lays the tag on Brian Dozier for an out. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
New York

B. Roberts
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 0

C. Colabello
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1

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New York (A.L.) Yankees
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Brian Roberts, 2B5241000 .248
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF4012012 .283
Mark Teixeira, 1B4111003 .243
Carlos Beltran, DH3001002 .219
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Francisco Cervelli, C4130010 .267
Kelly Johnson, 3B4000013 .213
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   David Huff, P0000000 .333
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   Dellin Betances, P0000000 .000
   David Robertson, P0000000 .000
2B - Brian Roberts 3 (14, Gibson), Mark Teixeira (6, Gibson), Francisco Cervelli 2 (4, Gibson)
3B - Brett Gardner (6, Gibson), Brian Roberts (4, Deduno)
SF - Carlos Beltran (4), Brendan Ryan (1)
RBI - Brian Roberts (18), Jacoby Ellsbury 2 (36), Mark Teixeira (42), Carlos Beltran (28), Brendan Ryan (4)
2-OUT RBI - Jacoby Ellsbury 2 (14)
Team LOB - 6
New York (A.L.) Yankees
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David Huff (W,3-0) 3000030 4.33
Adam Warren (H,14) 0.2100000 2.58
Dellin Betances (H,12) 1.1111000 1.61
David Robertson (S,20) 1100030 2.73
HBP - Arcia (by Dellin Betances)
Pitches-Strikes - Chase Whitley 74-45, David Huff 35-25, Adam Warren 20-14, Dellin Betances 24-15, David Robertson 17-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chase Whitley 3-1, Adam Warren 1-1, Dellin Betances 2-2
Batters Faced - Chase Whitley 17, David Huff 9, Adam Warren 3, Dellin Betances 6, David Robertson 4
Minnesota Twins
Brian Dozier, 2B5111012 .235
Kurt Suzuki, C5020011 .305
Chris Parmelee, LF-1B5000023 .274
Kendrys Morales, 1B4120011 .229
   Eduardo Nunez, PR-LF0100000 .305
Oswaldo Arcia, RF2111110 .212
Trevor Plouffe, 3B4011014 .242
Chris Colabello, DH4112011 .232
Eduardo Escobar, SS4010012 .273
Sam Fuld, CF4020010 .234
Kyle Gibson, P0000000 .250
   Samuel Deduno, P0000000 .000
   Caleb Thielbar, P0000000 .000
   Casey Fien, P0000000 .000
   Glen Perkins, P0000000 .000
2B - Kurt Suzuki (17, Robertson)
3B - Oswaldo Arcia (2, Whitley)
HR - Brian Dozier (16, Whitley), Chris Colabello (5, Whitley)
RBI - Brian Dozier (39), Oswaldo Arcia (17), Trevor Plouffe (40), Chris Colabello 2 (32)
SB - Eduardo Nunez (2, 3rd base off Betances/Cervelli), Oswaldo Arcia (1, 2nd base off Betances/Cervelli)
CS - Brian Dozier (5, 2nd base by Whitley/Cervelli)
Team LOB - 7
PB - Kurt Suzuki (2)
Minnesota Twins
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Samuel Deduno 4.2300040 4.57
Caleb Thielbar 0.1000000 2.96
Casey Fien 1100020 2.52
Glen Perkins 1000000 3.31
HBP - Ellsbury (by Samuel Deduno)
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Gibson 52-33, Samuel Deduno 69-45, Caleb Thielbar 1-1, Casey Fien 14-10, Glen Perkins 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Gibson 3-3, Samuel Deduno 8-2, Caleb Thielbar 1-0, Casey Fien 1-0, Glen Perkins 2-1
Batters Faced - Kyle Gibson 13, Samuel Deduno 18, Caleb Thielbar 1, Casey Fien 4, Glen Perkins 3
Game Information
Attendance - 36952
Game Time - 3:17
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Al Porter