The New York Yankees defeated the
Minnesota Twins on Thursday night. The
game took place at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota and the final score
was 7-4 Yankees. Masahiro Tanaka started
and didn't pitch his best but was still able to secure his league leading 12th
win of the season. The Yankees bats
broke out in a big way including Zelous Wheeler having his first two career
hits including his first career homerun.
Carlos Beltran had a big three run homerun.

Tanaka pitched seven innings giving
up four runs on nine hits. He didn't
walk a batter and struck out three.
Dellin Betances pitched a perfect inning with two strikeouts and David
Robertson picked up his 19th save of the season pitching a scoreless inning and
giving up a walk. He struck out the
side.

Phil Hughes lost his fifth game of
the season pitching 6 1/3 innings and giving up eight hits and seven runs. He walked one and struck out six. Brian Duensing pitched 2/3 of an inning
giving up a hit and Anthony Swarzak pitched two innings giving up one hit and
striking out two.

Brett Gardner had a hit and an RBI,
Derek Jeter had an RBI and Mark Teixeira had two hits. Brian McCann had a hit, Beltran had a hit and
three RBI and Ichiro Suzuki had two hits and drew a walk. Wheeler had two hits and an RBI and Brendan
Ryan had a hit and an RBI. Ryan hit a
double and Beltran and Wheeler each hit a homerun. The Yankees were 3-4 with runners in scoring
position and left two men on base. Suzuki
had an outfield assist.

Brian Dozier had two hits, Kurt
Suzuki had a hit and an RBI and Chris Parmelee had a hit and an RBI. Kendrys Morales had an RBI, Oswaldo Arcia had
a hit and drew a walk and Trevor Plouffe had a hit. Eduardo Escobar had a hit and an RBI, Sam
Fuld had two hits. Parmelee, Suzuki,
Plouffe each hit a double and the Twins were 1-6 with runners in scoring
position and left three men on base.

Parmelee hit an RBI double in the
first to give the Twins a 1-0 lead. In the third Suzuki hit an RBI groundout to
give the Twins a 2-0 lead. The Yankees
came roaring back in the fifth with a three run homerun by Beltran and a solo
homerun by Wheeler to take a 4-2 lead.
The Twins cut it to a one run game in the sixth on a Morales RBI
groundout. The Yankees took control of
the game in the seventh with three runs to take a 7-3 lead. Ryan hit an RBI double, Gardner an RBI single
and Jeter an RBI groundout. The Twins
would score one more run in the seventh.
Escobar hit an RBI single but the final score would be 7-4 Yankees. The two teams will play game two of their
four game series on Friday afternoon.