It’s good to be back: Minnesota 6, Yankees 1

theres_no_place_like_home_matWelcome home, Yankees.

Not really. The Yankees are now 11-12 at home this season (they are 17-13 on the road).

This time, the loss came at the hands of the Minnesota Twins and New York dropped the game 6-1.

New York starting pitcher Vidal Nuno lasted nearly seven innings without walking anyone. He scattered seven hits, but three of those went for home runs.

On the other side of the ball, New York actually went 3-for-9 with runners in scoring position, but ugly base running managed to keep the Yankees off the board.

New York’s lone run came in the third when Jacoby Ellsbury doubled in Brett Gardner.

The good

- News came out before the game that Carlos Beltran’s elbow is feeling much better. He hopes he can return to the Yankees lineup without surgery.

- Brett Gardner swiped two bases raising his season total to 13.

The bad

- Nuno got touched up for three home runs. Manager Joe Girardi somehow saved the bullpen and used just Preston Claiborne and Matt Daley to finish the game.

The ugly

- How many games is Derek Jeter going to get into these goofy run downs? That’s at least three times this season that I remember. In the fifth inning, Jeter singled to right field with Gardner on second. Garder was held at third, but Jeter may have thought the throw was going home so he took off for second base.

Well, the throw didn’t go home, but when the Twins threw the ball to get Jeter out, Gardner took off for home and got caught in a run down and somehow Gardner and Jeter were both on third place — or something like that.

- Also, the wave. Stop it.

Susan Lulgjuraj has been a sports reporter for more than 10 years, covering the Super Bowl, the Philadelphia Phillies, Little league and everything in between. Susan also grew up a New York Yankees fan and sat with the Bleacher Creatures for many years.