New York at Minnesota

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New York (44-43) «2403000009142
Minnesota (39-48)0004001117130

Ellsbury, Yankees take huge lead, hold off Twins

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Hours after trading Vidal Nuno to Arizona for Brandon McCarthy and cutting outfielder Alfonso Soriano, the New York Yankees took a nine-run lead by the fourth inning and seemed set for a laugher at Target Field.

The game ended with the potential go-ahead run at the plate.

Jacoby Ellsbury homered, doubled and drove in four runs as Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins 9-7 Sunday after their roster shakeup and moved back above .500 at 44-43.

"Sometimes you can't really pinpoint it, but we like where we're at right now," Ellsbury said. "Hopefully keep it rolling."

Derek Jeter and Ichiro Suzuki each had three hits for the Yankees, who have won 14 of 18 overall at Target Field.

Jeter's ninth-inning single made him the eighth player to reach 3,400 hits.

"We pay a little bit of attention, but I don't think he pays too close attention to it," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Obviously, he's going to end up way up there in record books. He pays more attention to wins, and that's what we worry about."

New York took three of four from the Twins after losing nine of its previous 11.

The 38-year-old Soriano is in the final year of a $136 million, eight-year contract he signed with the Chicago Cubs,

who traded him last summer to the Yankees, where he began his big league career. He was hitting .221 this season with six homers and 23 RBIs in 67 games. New York has 10 days to trade Soriano or place him on unconditional waivers.

"He's a guy that's used to playing every day," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Wasn't every day for him. Maybe it was harder for him to get going, not sure. I'm sure he's extremely disappointed."

New York catcher Brian McCann returned to the lineup after missing two games because of a sore foot and doubled home Jeter in the first. Ellsbury's three-run homer off Ricky Nolasco (5-7) capped a four-run burst in the second that made it 6-0.

Hiroki Kuroda (6-6) allowed four runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings, his poorest outing since mid-June. Minnesota closed with four runs in the fourth, and one in each of the last three innings. After Oswaldo Arcia's two-out RBI single pulled the Twins within two runs and left runners at the corners, David Robertson got Kurt Suzuki to hit a grounder to shortstop, where Jeter threw to second baseman Brian Roberts for the final out. Robertson got his 21st save in 23 chances.

Jeter drove in two runs in his last scheduled game at Minnesota, although he's expected back later this month for the All-Star game.

Nolasco lasted a season-low two innings as Minnesota lost for the 10th time in 13 games.

"They hit everything he threw up there," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We got to go better than that. He did nothing for us today. He didn't give us a chance."

Trevor Plouffe had an RBI double in the fourth and Chris Colabello followed with a two-run homer, his second home run in three games since his recall from the minors. Plouffe added a solo home run in the eighth.

"Can't keep getting behind like this. It just gets back to that," Gardenhire said. "It's the starting pitching. It's not about anything other than that. We've been struggling scoring runs. We finally put some on the board. But you start a game 6-0, that's no way to play baseball."

Notes

Twins OF Byron Buxton, among the top prospects in the minors, played his first game with Class A Fort Myers after being sidelined with a sprained left wrist. Minnesota GM Terry Ryan said Buxton will play center field and get two or three at-bats as he works his way back. ... RHP Bruce Billings, recalled Sunday from from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, appears set to start Monday at Cleveland in place of Nuno. He pitched in one game for New York this season, allowing four runs in four innings on April 25 against the Los Angeles Angels. RHP Justin Masterson (4-5, 5.16) starts for the Indians. ... Minnesota will start RHP Kevin Correia (4-10, 4.94) when it plays at Seattle on Monday. The Mariners will use RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (6-4, 3.33).

 
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Jacoby Ellsbury enjoys a monster day for the Yankees, homering, doubling and driving in four runs. (USATSI)
Jacoby Ellsbury enjoys a monster day for the Yankees, homering, doubling and driving in four runs. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
New York

J. Ellsbury
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
Minnesota

T. Plouffe
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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New York (A.L.) Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brett Gardner, LF3100204 .284
Derek Jeter, SS4132001 .273
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF5224002 .284
Mark Teixeira, 1B5021002 .243
Brian McCann, C5011003 .224
Carlos Beltran, DH4000002 .216
Brian Roberts, 2B4110000 .247
Ichiro Suzuki, RF4230010 .294
Kelly Johnson, 3B4220001 .218
   Zelous Wheeler, 3B0000000 .286
Hiroki Kuroda, P0000000 .000
   Adam Warren, P0000000 .000
   Jim Miller, P0000000 .000
   David Robertson, P0000000 .000
Totals38914821  
Batting
2B - Jacoby Ellsbury (18, Thielbar), Brian McCann (9, Nolasco)
HR - Jacoby Ellsbury (5, Nolasco)
SF - Derek Jeter (2)
RBI - Derek Jeter 2 (23), Jacoby Ellsbury 4 (40), Mark Teixeira (43), Brian McCann (38)
2-OUT RBI - Jacoby Ellsbury 3 (17)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Jeter-B. Roberts-Teixeira, Jeter-B. Roberts-Teixeira-Wheeler-Teixeira
E - Kelly Johnson (9, Misplayed grounder), Hiroki Kuroda (1, Throwing)
New York (A.L.) Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Hiroki Kuroda (W,6-6) 5.2744231 4.20
Adam Warren 1.1211120 2.70
Jim Miller 1111101 9.00
David Robertson (S,21) 1311020 2.93
WP - Hiroki Kuroda (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Hiroki Kuroda 105-66, Adam Warren 26-14, Jim Miller 14-7, David Robertson 21-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hiroki Kuroda 8-5, Adam Warren 2-0, Jim Miller 1-1, David Robertson 1-0
Batters Faced - Hiroki Kuroda 25, Adam Warren 7, Jim Miller 4, David Robertson 6
Minnesota Twins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brian Dozier, 2B5110022 .234
Eduardo Nunez, SS5120001 .310
Chris Parmelee, 1B-CF5011000 .262
Josh Willingham, LF3100222 .224
Oswaldo Arcia, RF4021113 .215
Kurt Suzuki, C5110004 .306
Trevor Plouffe, 3B4232001 .245
Chris Colabello, DH3122111 .245
Sam Fuld, CF3010011 .243
   a-Kendrys Morales, PH-1B1000001 .216
Ricky Nolasco, P0000000 .000
   Anthony Swarzak, P0000000 .000
   Caleb Thielbar, P0000000 .000
   Matt Guerrier, P0000000 .000
Totals38713647  
a-grounded into a double play for Fuld in the 8th
Batting
2B - Kurt Suzuki (18, Kuroda), Trevor Plouffe (25, Kuroda), Chris Colabello (12, Kuroda)
HR - Trevor Plouffe (6, Miller), Chris Colabello (6, Kuroda)
RBI - Chris Parmelee (12), Oswaldo Arcia (18), Trevor Plouffe 2 (42), Chris Colabello 2 (34)
2-OUT RBI - Oswaldo Arcia (10), Trevor Plouffe (17), Chris Colabello 2 (16)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Oswaldo Arcia 1
DP - Dozier-Nunez-Parmelee
Minnesota Twins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ricky Nolasco (L,5-7) 2766101 5.90
Anthony Swarzak 3433010 4.12
Caleb Thielbar 2100100 2.76
Matt Guerrier 2200000 2.63
Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Nolasco 42-25, Anthony Swarzak 52-32, Caleb Thielbar 24-17, Matt Guerrier 20-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Nolasco 1-4, Anthony Swarzak 2-6, Caleb Thielbar 3-2, Matt Guerrier 3-3
Batters Faced - Ricky Nolasco 13, Anthony Swarzak 13, Caleb Thielbar 7, Matt Guerrier 8
Game Information
Attendance - 31171
Game Time - 3:11
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Al Porter, Second Base - Joe West, Third Base - Marty Foster