MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota has been waiting all season long for Delmon Young to get going at the plate and Joe Mauer to pop one over the fence.
Both of those wishes came true Monday night as the two former No. 1 overall picks flexed their muscles when the Twins needed them most.Young had three doubles and three RBIs and Mauer hit his first homer of the season to lead the Twins to a 6-5 victory over the New York Yankees on Monday night."It's about time," said Mauer after hitting the game-tying solo homer in the seventh inning off Andy Pettitte.But he just as easily could have been talking about Young's outburst. It came after a rough first two months in Minnesota. He entered the game hitting .264 with no homers and just 15 RBIs after coming over in a trade from Tampa Bay."It's not been perfect up to this point but there's a lot of talent there and a lot of ability there," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We just have to keep pushing along and open up different avenues and different ways to get to him. He's fun to watch."Young had RBI-doubles in the second and sixth innings before giving the Twins the lead for good with another two-bagger off Kyle Farnsworth (0-2) that scored Michael Cuddyer in the eighth."That's a lot of confidence for him," Gardenhire said. "Hopefully it will carry from there and he will start driving the ball."Young has maintained all season long that he's a slow starter and expected to turn things around."My confidence is always through the roof," Young said. "I don't think it can go any higher."The only thing Twins fans have been waiting to see longer came when Mauer hit a solo homer to tie the game 5-5 and ruin Pettitte's bid for his 170th victory as a Yankee, which would have tied him with Ron Guidry for fourth on the Yankees career list.Pettitte called his decision to throw a four-seam fastball to Mauer on a 1-1 count "just as ignorant a pitch as I could throw."Despite Mauer's AL batting title in 2006 and a gaudy .315 average entering Monday night's game, the hometown fans have constantly been wondering when they were going to see the 6-foot-5, 230-pound lefty with the sweet swing put one in the seats.His first home run since Sept. 29 slammed off the facing of the upper deck in right field and helped the Twins earn a split over the Yankees."It's been a long time coming," Mauer said. "You get that first one, hopefully more will come."Joe Nathan picked up his 15th save in 16 chances and Matt Guerrier (3-1) pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief for the win.Alex Rodriguez continued his staggering dominance in the Metrodome with three hits, including a homer, a double and two RBIs and now has a .379 career average under the Teflon roof, higher than any other player with at least 175 at-bats there.He singled off Nathan in the ninth, but Hideki Matsui grounded into a double play and Jason Giambi lined out to center field to drop the Yankees to 3-4 on the road trip."I'm not happy with it," manager Joe Girardi said outside a whisper-quiet Yankees clubhouse. "We should've had a much better record on this road trip. We have to start playing better, and that's the bottom line."Derek Jeter had three hits to move within two of tying Mickey Mantle (2,415) for third on the Yankees' career list, but Farnsworth faltered in relief once again for New York.In his last seven appearances, Farnsworth has given up seven earned runs, 12 hits and four homers over 7 1/3 innings.New York led 4-2 in the sixth on RBIs by Melky Cabrera and Johnny Damon, but the Twins came right back with two of their own to tie the game in the bottom of the inning.The Yankees left 10 runners on base and managed only five runs against starter Livan Hernandez despite getting 13 hits off him."You're definitely frustrated. We felt like this game was ours," Damon said. "We kept going out there, kept swinging the bats, and it wasn't meant to be. I think you can hear in this clubhouse we're definitely pretty disappointed to be splitting a four-game series here."
New York's Joba Chamberlain left town early Monday to get back home and get a full night's rest before his first career start against Toronto on Tuesday. ... Damon has grounded into three double plays in the last three games. He only grounded into four all last year. "It's mind-boggling," he said. ... Twins 1B Justin Morneau played despite a sore left knee and strained calf muscle. He went 0-for-4 and limped noticeably throughout the game.