The Yankees finally scored in the fourth, when Brett Gardner led off the inning with a single. Gardner moved to second when Mauer made a throwing error on a pickoff attempt. Robinson Cano then singled to center, scoring Gardner. The Twins, however, would get the run back in the fifth when Hudson led off the inning with a triple. Vazquez intentionally walked Justin Morneau and Jim Thome hit a sac fly to bring the score to 4-1.
The Yankees kept the game close in the top of the sixth. Mark Teixiera doubled to center and Cano doubled him in, putting the Yankees within two. Unfortunately, for the Pinstripes, Minnesota would quickly close the book on them and send the Yankees back to New York with a loss. Jason Kubel hit a solo homer in the bottom of the sixth. Chan Ho Park walked Joe Mauer and gave up a single to Justin Morneau to start the bottom of the seventh. Damaso Marte came in and got Jim Thome to pop out before Chad Gaudin made his first appearance back with the Yankees. He struck out Michael Cuddyer, but then gave up a three-run homerun to Jason Kubel, giving the Twins an 8-2 lead that they would hold for the rest of the game.
Javier Vazquez: Javy looked like he had turned the corner after a few good outings, but last night was a definite step back. He went 5.2 innings, gave up eight hits and five earned runs. He walked three batters while striking out only two.
Chan Ho Park: In .1 inning of work he gave up two hits for two runs and walked a batter.
Juan Miranda: Playing DH, Miranda went 0-4 and left three runners on base.
Robinson Cano: Robbie went 2-4 with both of the Yankees’ RBIs.
Mark Teixeira: Teix went 2-4 with a run scored.
In the On Deck Circle:
The Yankees head back to the Bronx to take on the Cleveland Indians, who are currently in last place in the AL Central. Phil Hughes will throw for the Yankees tonight. After starting the season off nearly untouchable, Hughes has hit a roadblock lately, giving up five runs on six hits over five innings to Boston on May 17 and then giving up four runs on eight hits to the New York Mets on May 22 and picking up his first loss of the season. Fausto Carmona will take the mound for the Tribe. After a breakout year in 2007, Carmona has struggled some in the last couple seasons, but this appears to be turning around in 2010. He is 4-2 with a 3.45 ERA on a team that is struggling offensively and defensively. With one exception, Carmona has lasted at least six innings in each game he has pitched this season. First pitch is at 7:05pm.