Sanchez hits 2 HR, Yanks top Twins after ailing Paxton exits

NEW YORK (AP) For the New York Yankees so far this season, every ounce of pleasure comes with at least a little dose of pain.

Gary Sanchez homered twice and the Yankees overcame their latest injury Friday night, beating the Minnesota Twins 6-3 after starter James Paxton exited early with soreness in his left knee.

''It's just something that's nagging at me enough that I couldn't execute pitches,'' Paxton said. ''I'm not real worried it's going to be something long-term. I'm hoping it's something that's just a quick fix.''

Already with 13 players on the injured list, the Yankees said Paxton will have an MRI on Saturday.

''Obviously, can't afford to lose him for too long,'' reliever Adam Ottavino said. ''At this point, we're kind of used to it.''

Gleyber Torres and Luke Voit each hit an RBI single for New York (18-13), which won for the 10th time in 13 games and improved to 1-5 against teams that currently have a winning record.

Minnesota (19-11) entered with baseball's best mark for the first time since September 2010 but again fell flat in the Bronx with a sloppy performance. Nelson Cruz clocked a two-run homer in the eighth inning, but by then the Twins were well on their way to their eighth straight regular season loss at Yankee Stadium, and 13th in 14 games since August 2015.

They are 14-51 in the Bronx since 2002 - including the playoffs.

''I don't necessarily think it's anything that's a mental block for us right now. Over the past four years they've had some pretty good teams, obviously,'' Minnesota starter Kyle Gibson said. ''It's a home-field advantage. I don't know what they're doing here - but it doesn't sound fair.''

The oft-injured Paxton, acquired from Seattle in an offseason trade to be a front-end starter, lasted only three innings on a nippy, 51-degree night. He threw just half his 64 pitches for strikes and left leading 2-1.

''It's something that's been a little bit nagging throughout the year, not a big deal. But tonight was a little more sore consistently, so just decided we didn't want to risk anything,'' manager Aaron Boone said. ''Hopeful that it's just some soreness that he's been dealing with and tonight on a damp night it was just a little more cranky.''

Jonathan Holder (2-0) tossed two perfect innings before Ottavino and Tommy Kahnle each worked a 1-2-3 inning. Aroldis Chapman got three outs for his sixth save in seven chances, aided by Torres' nice play at shortstop in finishing a four-hitter.

''Kind of an odd game,'' Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said.

Sanchez had three hits. He launched a 429-foot shot off Gibson (2-1) leading off the fifth and lined a laser to left field against birthday boy Mike Morin for his 10th home run in the seventh.

''I haven't played with too many guys who can hit a ball that hard,'' Ottavino said.

Sanchez's second solo drive of the night left his bat at 118.3 mph . He joined injured teammates Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge, along with Mets rookie Pete Alonso, as the only players with a 118-plus mph home run since MLB's Statcast began tracking in 2015.

So, which long ball felt better?

''Both,'' Sanchez said through a translator.

COOPERSTOWN COMPANY

It was Sanchez's 12th multihomer performance in 284 major league games. That's second only to Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner, who had 12 in his first 282 games.

RIGHT AT HOME

Making his first start in the outfield this season, Twins left fielder Marwin Gonzalez threw out Voit on the bases twice in the first two innings - once at home plate by a wide margin and then at second base.

GIBSON'S NEMESIS

Hurt by some shoddy defense, Gibson lost for the first time in nine starts dating to last season and fell to 0-5 with a 5.86 ERA in his past seven starts against the Yankees. ''Just a weird night all around,'' he said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: Miguel Sano (right heel laceration) is moving from Class A Fort Myers to Double-A Pensacola on his rehab assignment, but Baldelli said there's still no ''hard date'' for the third baseman's return. Sano will advance to Triple-A as well before joining the Twins. ''The early returns are good,'' Baldelli said. ''We're looking for just good, steady progress.''

Yankees: 3B Miguel Andujar (shoulder) is set to come off the injured list Saturday, and the team hopes INF DJ LeMahieu (right knee inflammation) will return to the lineup as well. OF Clint Frazier (sprained left ankle) is scheduled to follow on Monday, when CF Aaron Hicks (lower back strain) could begin a rehab assignment with Class A Tampa. Frazier was headed to Pennsylvania for a two-game rehab stint with Double-A Trenton. ... SS Troy Tulowitzki aggravated his left calf strain Wednesday night in his second rehab game with Tampa and will probably be shut down for a week, Boone said.

ROSTER MOVE

After the game, the Yankees optioned 1B Mike Ford to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

UP NEXT

Twins RHP Jake Odorizzi (3-2, 3.34 ERA) starts Saturday afternoon against Yankees LHP J.A. Happ (1-2, 4.68), who is coming off seven shutout innings at San Francisco. Odorizzi, who threw seven scoreless innings last time out versus Houston, took a no-hitter into the eighth against the Yankees at home last September.

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  • W: J. Holder (2-0)L: K. Gibson (2-1)S: A. Chapman (6)
  • HR: MIN - N. Cruz (6), NYY - G. Sanchez 2 (10)
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      BATTING
      • HR - N. Cruz (6)
      • SF - C. Cron (2)
      • RBI - N. Cruz 2 (20), C. Cron (16)
      • 2-Out RBI - N. Cruz 2 (10)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Gonzalez 2 (2), E. Adrianza
      BATTING
      • HR - G. Sanchez 2 (10)
      • SH - T. Wade (2)
      • RBI - B. Gardner (12), L. Voit (27), G. Sanchez 2 (20), G. Torres (16)
      • 2-Out RBI - L. Voit (7), G. Sanchez (11)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Urshela 2 (2)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - M. Gonzalez 2 (2)
      • DP - 2 (Polanco-Schoop-Cron; Polanco-Schoop-Cron)
      • E - B. Buxton, C. Cron (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Wade-Torres-Voit)
      • E - G. Torres (4)
      • PB - G. Sanchez (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Gibson (L, 2-1)5.07522514.681.321.5
      M. Morin2.01110314.500.505.5
      F. Romero1.00000106.431.433.5
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Gibson (L, 2-1)5.0
      M. Morin2.0
      F. Romero1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Paxton3.02103103.111.194.5
      J. Holder (W, 2-0)2.00000204.001.0614.0
      A. Ottavino1.00000202.201.224.0
      T. Kahnle1.00000101.420.793.5
      Z. Britton1.01221114.151.54-0.5
      A. Chapman (S, 6)1.01000102.191.059.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Paxton3.0
      J. Holder (W, 2-0)2.0
      A. Ottavino1.0
      T. Kahnle1.0
      Z. Britton1.0
      A. Chapman (S, 6)1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - K. Gibson (2)
      • HBP - K. Gibson (2), F. Romero
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 100-61, M. Morin 36-27, F. Romero 9-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 4-5, F. Romero 1-0
      • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 24, M. Morin 7, F. Romero 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - A. Chapman
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Paxton 64-32, J. Holder 28-20, A. Ottavino 14-9, T. Kahnle 17-14, Z. Britton 22-11, A. Chapman 19-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Paxton 3-5, J. Holder 1-3, A. Ottavino 1-0, T. Kahnle 2-0, Z. Britton 2-0, A. Chapman 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Paxton 14, J. Holder 6, A. Ottavino 3, T. Kahnle 3, Z. Britton 5, A. Chapman 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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        G. Torres SS40110011.270.300.459.7591.5
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          BATTING
          • HR - N. Cruz (6)
          • SF - C. Cron (2)
          • RBI - N. Cruz 2 (20), C. Cron (16)
          • 2-Out RBI - N. Cruz 2 (10)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Gonzalez 2 (2), E. Adrianza
          BATTING
          • HR - G. Sanchez 2 (10)
          • SH - T. Wade (2)
          • RBI - B. Gardner (12), L. Voit (27), G. Sanchez 2 (20), G. Torres (16)
          • 2-Out RBI - L. Voit (7), G. Sanchez (11)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Urshela 2 (2)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - M. Gonzalez 2 (2)
          • DP - 2 (Polanco-Schoop-Cron; Polanco-Schoop-Cron)
          • E - B. Buxton, C. Cron (3)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Wade-Torres-Voit)
          • E - G. Torres (4)
          • PB - G. Sanchez (3)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          K. Gibson (L, 2-1)5.07522514.681.321.5
          M. Morin2.01110314.500.505.5
          F. Romero1.00000106.431.433.5
          Total8.0863292---
          PITCHERSIP
          K. Gibson (L, 2-1)5.0
          M. Morin2.0
          F. Romero1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Paxton3.02103103.111.194.5
          J. Holder (W, 2-0)2.00000204.001.0614.0
          A. Ottavino1.00000202.201.224.0
          T. Kahnle1.00000101.420.793.5
          Z. Britton1.01221114.151.54-0.5
          A. Chapman (S, 6)1.01000102.191.059.5
          Total9.0432481---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Paxton3.0
          J. Holder (W, 2-0)2.0
          A. Ottavino1.0
          T. Kahnle1.0
          Z. Britton1.0
          A. Chapman (S, 6)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - K. Gibson (2)
          • HBP - K. Gibson (2), F. Romero
          • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 100-61, M. Morin 36-27, F. Romero 9-6
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 4-5, F. Romero 1-0
          • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 24, M. Morin 7, F. Romero 3
          PITCHING
          • WP - A. Chapman
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Paxton 64-32, J. Holder 28-20, A. Ottavino 14-9, T. Kahnle 17-14, Z. Britton 22-11, A. Chapman 19-13
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Paxton 3-5, J. Holder 1-3, A. Ottavino 1-0, T. Kahnle 2-0, Z. Britton 2-0, A. Chapman 1-1
          • Batters Faced - J. Paxton 14, J. Holder 6, A. Ottavino 3, T. Kahnle 3, Z. Britton 5, A. Chapman 4
          • 8TH INNING
            Cruz homered to left center, Polanco scored36
          • 7TH INNING
            Sanchez homered to left center16
          • 5TH INNING
            Sanchez homered to left15
          • 4TH INNING
            Gardner grounded out to second, Maybin scored14
            Tauchman scored, Maybin to third on wild pitch13
          • 3RD INNING
            Cron hit sacrifice fly to center, Buxton scored12
          • 2ND INNING
            Voit singled to left, Maybin scored, Wade to third, Voit out at second02
          • 1ST INNING
            Torres singled to left, Gardner scored, Voit to second01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Aroldis Chapman relieved Zack Britton
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike swinging, Gonzalez singled to left center
            • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Kepler grounded out to second, Gonzalez to second
            • J. Schoop: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez to third on wild pitch, Ball, Schoop lined out to shortstop
            • E. Adrianza: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Adrianza struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Zack Britton relieved Tommy Kahnle
            • B. Buxton: Strike looking, Buxton grounded out to pitcher
            • M. Garver: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Garver grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Polanco walked
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Cruz homered to left center, Polanco scored
            • C. Cron: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Fernando Romero relieved Mike Morin
            • M. Ford: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ford struck out looking
            • G. Urshela: Ball, Urshela hit by pitch
            • M. Tauchman: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Tauchman grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Urshela out at second
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Tommy Kahnle relieved Adam Ottavino
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Kepler struck out swinging
            • J. Schoop: Foul, Foul, Schoop grounded out to second
            • E. Adrianza: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Adrianza grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Morin Pitching:
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Gardner struck out looking
            • L. Voit: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Voit popped out to second
            • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Sanchez homered to left center
            • G. Torres: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Torres flied out to center
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • Adam Ottavino relieved Jonathan Holder
            • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
            • C. Cron: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Cron struck out looking
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Mike Morin relieved Kyle Gibson
            • M. Tauchman: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Tauchman struck out looking
            • C. Maybin: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Maybin struck out swinging
            • T. Wade: Foul, Strike looking, Wade flied out to center
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Holder Pitching:
            • B. Buxton: Strike looking, Ball, Buxton popped out to shortstop
            • M. Garver: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Garver grounded out to third
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Polanco fouled out to catcher
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • G. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Sanchez homered to left
            • G. Torres: Strike looking, Ball, Torres flied out to left
            • M. Ford: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ford lined out to center
            • G. Urshela: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Urshela popped out to shortstop
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • Jonathan Holder relieved James Paxton
            • M. Kepler: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Kepler popped out to first
            • J. Schoop: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
            • E. Adrianza: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Adrianza struck out looking
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • M. Tauchman: Tauchman safe at first on 1st baseman Cron fielding error
            • C. Maybin: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Maybin singled to center, Tauchman to second
            • T. Wade: Wade hit sacrifice bunt to catcher, Tauchman to third, Maybin to second
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Tauchman scored, Maybin to third on wild pitch, Gardner grounded out to second, Maybin scored
            • L. Voit: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Voit struck out looking
            • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • B. Buxton: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Buxton walked
            • M. Garver: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Garver popped out to second
            • J. Polanco: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Polanco reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Buxton to second on shortstop Torres fielding error
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cruz walked, Buxton to third, Polanco to second
            • C. Cron: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cron hit sacrifice fly to center, Buxton scored
            • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Polanco to third, Cruz to second on passed ball, Ball, Foul, Gonzalez lined out to second
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Sanchez singled to shallow left
            • G. Torres: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Torres struck out swinging
            • M. Ford: Ball, Ford singled to center, Sanchez to second
            • G. Urshela: Urshela grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Ford out at second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • C. Cron: Ball, Ball, Cron singled to center
            • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Gonzalez singled to right center, Cron to second
            • M. Kepler: Ball, Kepler popped out to second
            • J. Schoop: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Schoop walked, Cron to third, Gonzalez to second
            • E. Adrianza: Foul, Adrianza grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Schoop out at second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • M. Tauchman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Tauchman struck out swinging
            • C. Maybin: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Maybin walked
            • T. Wade: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Wade hit by pitch, Maybin to second
            • B. Gardner: Gardner lined out to center
            • L. Voit: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Voit singled to left, Maybin scored, Wade to third, Voit out at second
            • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Paxton Pitching:
            • M. Garver: Garver grounded out to pitcher
            • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Polanco fouled out to first
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Cruz struck out looking
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • K. Gibson Pitching:
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gardner safe at first on center fielder Buxton fielding error, Gardner to third
            • L. Voit: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Voit walked
            • G. Sanchez: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Sanchez struck out on foul tip
            • G. Torres: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Torres singled to left, Gardner scored, Voit to second
            • M. Ford: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Ford struck out swinging
            • G. Urshela: Ball, Strike looking, Urshela singled to left, Voit out at home, Torres to second
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)