It was a rare easy win for the Yankees who got a good pitching performance from Phil Hughes and a seven run outburst from the offense during a 7-3 win in Minnesota on Tuesday.
Hughes started, went seven innings, and allowed just one run on a RBI-single in the third inning. He also got into a big jam in the fourth inning when he put runners on second and third with nobody out, but managed to strike out a pair and get a fly ball to escape without a run allowed.
Meanwhile, the Yankees trailed 1-0 headed into the fifth inning when they actually got some offense from the bottom of the lineup. Alberto Gonzalez, who went 2-for-4, doubled in David Adams, who also went 2-for-4, and Lyle Overbay to make it 2-1. Ichiro Suzuki had a RBI-single to make it 3-1.
They had a four run outburst in the seventh inning when Gonzalez again drove in Adams. Robinson Cano then hit a three-run jack to deep right to make it 7-1.
• Don’t look now, but David Adams has hit a not completely terrible .250/.400/.313 over his last five games. Keep in mind the five games part.
• After the game Joe Girardi told reporters that the Yankees sent Hiroki Kuroda back to New York to get a MRI on his hip flexor. The MRI came back clean, but Ivan Nova will take his turn in the rotation on Friday.
• Mariano Rivera was presented with the “Chair of Broken Dreams” by the Twins before the game, a chair made out of broken bats.
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