American League Game Summary - Minnesota at New York|
(Monday, April 16th)
Final Score: Minnesota 7, New York 3
Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau were in vintage form
and Carl Pavano settled down after a rough first inning to lead the Minnesota
Twins over the New York Yankees, 7-3, in the opener of a four-game series.
Mauer went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a walk, a steal, a run scored and an RBI
while Morneau added a solo homer for Minnesota, which was coming off a three-
game sweep at the hands of the Rangers.
"We're going to go as they go. They're the heartbeat of this team," Twins
catcher Ryan Doumit said of Mauer and Morneau -- two former AL MVPs. "We're
going to rally around those guys, and it showed today."
Pavano (1-1) got the Twins back on track by shutting the Yankees down after
their three-run first inning. The right-hander lasted seven frames and allowed
seven hits while striking out six and walking one.
Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson each went 2-for-4 with a home run for New
York, which had won five of six coming in. Freddy Garcia (0-1) was tagged for
five runs on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings to take the loss.
The Twins recorded five straight hits in the first inning, with Josh
Willingham singling in Mauer then scoring on Doumit's base hit to right.
Pavano quickly gave up the lead in the bottom half, as Jeter and Granderson
both cleared the right-field wall four pitches into Pavano's outing.
Mark Teixeira singled in Alex Rodriguez later in the frame, but the Yankees
had just three more hits off the Minnesota starter -- two coming via infield
"You knew [Pavano] was going to make some adjustments," Jeter said. "He
deserves a lot of credit. He pitched well."
Minnesota took the lead back in the fifth when Jamey Carroll and Mauer stroked
consecutive two-out RBI hits. Morneau, playing first base for the first time
this season, made it 5-3 an inning later when he took Garcia into the bullpen
beyond the wall in right-center for his second home run of the season.
Two insurance runs in the eighth gave the Twins breathing room. Danny
Valencia's double into the right-field gap chased Doumit home from first --
thanks to a high relay throw to the plate -- and Clete Thomas knocked in
Valencia with a base hit to right.
Brian Duensing and Matt Capps each hurled a scoreless inning of relief behind
Pavano to preserve the win.
Pavano, who spent four injury-riddled seasons with New York (2005-08), earned
his first win against his former team in five career starts...Willingham has
hit safely in each of the Twins' 10 games this season...The Twins improved to
6-28 in New York under manager Ron Gardenhire...Every player in Minnesota's
lineup had at least one hit...This was first time the Yankees opened a game
with back-to-back home runs since September 23, 2005 when Jeter and Robinson
Cano accomplished the feat...Jeter has 26 career leadoff homers.
04/17 00:01:37 ET