Aaron Judge scored two runs for New York, which had lost eight of their previous 10 and won despite scoring 2 for 15 with runners in the scoring position.
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“We’re not hitting homers as much as we usually do or putting up crooked numbers,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “Sometimes it takes the little things in a game to win the ballgame. Tonight is the kind of game where everyone has contributed in different ways.”
Jonathan Loisiga (5-2) played 1 1/3 correct innings, relieving New York starter Jordan Montgomery.
Taylor Rogers (2-3) conceded two runs for three hits in the eighth for Minnesota.
“It’s not like they were kicking the ball around the ballpark,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “As we’ve talked about, sometimes it doesn’t really come down to it. It comes down to trying to have a good at-bat, use the whole field, things we talk about a lot. We saw it turning against us tonight.”
The 95 °C temperature on the first pitch was the second hottest for a game at Target Field, only eclipsed by a 97 °C start on 16 July 2012.
New York took advantage of Minnesota’s many mistakes.
Tyler Wade scored an eighth-place go-forward at the fielder’s choice of LeMahieu, as second baseman Jorge Polanco’s throw was wide of the plate for an error. The twins made four mistakes in the game.
“Playing fundamental baseball is something we have to do to stay in the ballgame, win the ballgame,” Baldelli said. “Teams that play good baseball eventually win the game. But I’m not concerned about the particular plays that we mainly saw today. Why. We were trying to stay in the ballgame.”
The judge was run into the fifth with the bases loaded and the second run was scored on a wild pitch. The judge earned another RBI as he missed a throw attempting a double play and was charged with an error to shortstop Andrelton Simmons after a review showed he did not touch base on the turn.
Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner said, “With yesterday’s day and then clearly on the road, just trying to almost turn things around and start anew with today’s game.” . “It can certainly do that and build some momentum. …Hopefully, we look back and tonight was the start of something special.”
Montgomery conceded two runs on three hits in the first, which culminated in a two-run double by Ryan Jeffers. But he settled down and eventually conceded three runs in 5 2/3 innings.
Michael Pineda debuted for Minnesota and retired 11 consecutive batsmen after a double by Lemahieu to start the game. But he skipped a walk and two hits with five, and his night ended with a base-loaded walk to the judge.
Yankee: LHP Zack Britton (left elbow bone spur) moved his rehab work from Double-A Somerset to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and conceded four runs on Tuesday. He was slated to pitch there again on Thursday. … Ryan Lamare (right hamstring strain) began a rehab assignment in Triple-A on Tuesday. … Boone said 1B Luke Voight (right oblique strain) is increasing his workload swing-wise and could potentially start rehab work in a week.
Twins: Byron Buxton (right hip strain) begins a rehab assignment with Triple-A St. Paul. Buxton was the designated hitter and will play in the outfield on Wednesday. Baldelli said Buxton could play at least three rehab games, two of which are in the outfield. … RHP Kenta Maeda (Adctor Strain, General Arm Sornes) is scheduled to start a rehab at Triple-A on Wednesday and is expected to throw around 50 to 55 pitches. … DH Nelson Cruz missed his second straight game with a left knee stiffness. … Rob Refsneider was reinstated from the injured list seven days before the game after recovering from injury. He moved to sixth after an RBI double with a left hamstring tightness.
Gerritt Cole (6-3, 2.26 ERA) is starting in his first outing for New York since Wednesday as Twins third baseman Josh Donaldson publicly wondered whether Yankees right-hander was a baseball doc for illegal foreign substances. Trying to hide his use of RHP Randy Dobnak (1-5, 6.19) starts for Minnesota.
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