Rapid Reaction: Yankees 7, Twins 6
April, 19, 2012
By Matt Ehalt | ESPNNewYork.com
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Curtis Granderson's three home runs powered the Yankees to a 7-6 win over the Twins on Thursday night. The teams split the series, and Phil Hughes picked up his first win of the year.
TRIPLE DOSE: Granderson became the first player to hit three home runs in a game in the new Yankee Stadium. He hit bombs to right field in the first, second and fourth innings, earning a curtain call after the third homer. In the sixth, with the whole stadium standing, he hit a single to right, and he also had an infield single in the eighth to finish 5-for-5 on the night.
He's the first Yankee to hit three home runs in a game since Alex Rodriguez on April 26, 2005. He's the 20th player in Yankees history with three or more home runs in a game, and it's the 28th time it has happened in team history.
MEDIOCRE PHIL: Hughes had his best start of the year, but that's not saying much. He didn't pitch that well, but received plenty of support. Hughes gave up six runs (two earned) in 5 1/3 innings and improved to 1-2 on the year.
Hughes gave up four runs in the first, but all of them were unearned, as the inning was extended by an error from Eduardo Nunez. He retired 10 of 11 from the second to the fifth, but then gave up a two-run homer in the sixth that sliced the lead to 7-6. Hughes departed after 5 1/3 having surrendered six hits and two walks, while striking out four. Hughes now has a 6.75 ERA.
JETER TIES WINFIELD: Jeter recorded career hit No. 3,110 on Thursday in the second inning, tying him with one of his favorite Yankees, Dave Winfield. The two are now tied for 18th all-time on the hits list, and Winfield released a statement congratulating Jeter. The shortstop went 1-for-5 on the night.
GIVE AND TAKE WITH NUNEZ: Nunez's error in the first inning led to four runs, but he was able to help the offense with his bat. He doubled in the second, tied the game on a single by Derek Jeter, and had a walk and a stolen base in the sixth inning.
TEX GETS ONE: It took him 46 at-bats, but Mark Teixeira hit his first home run of the year when he crushed a pitch to right in the first inning for a two-run blast that sliced the Twins' lead to 4-3.
FIRST FOR MO: Surprisingly, this marked the first home save of the season for Mariano Rivera, who had yet to pitch at home this season. It was his third save of the year.
COMING ATTRACTIONS: Andrew Marchand will have a column on Gradnerson's big night. I'll be tackling Hughes' outing and other notes from the clubhouse.
QUESTION OF THE DAY: Who do you want to see in left field more with Brett Gardner on the disabled list: Raul Ibanez or Andruw Jones? Let us know in the comments section below.