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Saturday, July 13, 2013
Logan (finally) solves Twins' M&M boys

By Matt Ehalt

NEW YORK -- Boone Logan had redemption on his mind Friday when he faced Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer.

The last time he faced the two Twins, in Minnesota on July 4, Mauer hit a sacrifice fly and Morneau homered.

"I had a grudge against them so I wanted to come in there and preserve the lead," said Logan, who inherited a two-on, no-outs jam in the seventh inning. "Really just get those [guys], Morneau and Mauer out, kind of owed it to them."

Logan got some payback against the pair -- who both entered the game as .500 career hitters against the reliever -- striking them out to strand a pair of runners in the Yankees' 2-0 win in the Bronx.

"Boone Logan came in and did an outstanding job," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

After Preston Claiborne allowed two singles to start the seventh, Logan entered to face Chris Parmelee, whom he struck out. Mauer followed, and Logan caught him looking on an inside pitch. He finished off Morneau on a check swing to record his first three-strikeout outing of the season.

Logan survived the inning despite uncorking a pair of wild pitches. On the latter one, with runners on second and third with one out, the ball bounced right back toward catcher Chris Stewart, preventing Pedro Florimon from scoring. When Stewart threw the ball past Logan, shortstop Eduardo Nunez backed up the throw, keeping Florimon stationary.

“We got lucky because he can have a big lead for them because we’re off the line," Girardi said. "We got lucky it came straight back.”

WHAT A THROW! Leading off the sixth, Vernon Wells hit a deep ball to center that Aaron Hicks had a hard time fielding. Wells attempted to take advantage of the opportunity by going for a triple, but Hicks, approximately 15 feet from the wall, threw a gorgeous strike to third to nail Wells.

Hicks' great throw robbed Wells of his first triple of the year, and his first since 2011.

"It was a great throw," Wells said. "That's the only chance you have of making that play and it's got to be a perfect throw and he made it."

NO HAFNER: Designated hitter Travis Hafner (foot) said he was available for Friday's game and could return to the lineup on Saturday against the Twins. Hafner hasn't played since Wednesday after injuring his foot while taking practice swings in the team's batting cage during the game.

"I'm good for whatever," Hafner said after Friday's game. "Hitting today was fine and I jogged a little in the outfield and that was good. I'm full go."