American League Game Summary - Minnesota at New York|
(Thursday, April 19th)
Final Score: New York 7, Minnesota 6
Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Curtis Granderson clubbed three home runs in the
first four innings, becoming the first Yankee to accomplish the feat since
Alex Rodriguez in 2010, as New York held off Minnesota, 7-6.
"It's a thing I've never done. So it's kind of cool," Granderson said.
"Definitely a night to remember."
Granderson finished with five hits and four runs batted in, while Mark
Teixeira hit a two-run home run in support of Phil Hughes (1-2), who gave up
six runs -- just two earned -- on six hits with four strikeouts and two walks
over 5 1/3 frames. The Yankees split the four-game set behind 13 hits and
Granderson's power show. Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth for his third save.
Ryan Doumit hit a two-run home run as part of a four-RBI night, but Anthony
Swarzak (0-3) relinquished an early four-run lead, giving up six runs on eight
hits over just 2 2/3 frames in defeat.
"All I want to do is try to give my team a chance to win, and when you give
up six runs in the first two innings, that's asking a lot [of your team],"
Both teams lit up the scoreboard before most fans could find their seats at
Yankee Stadium. The Twins flurry was aided by an Eduardo Nunez throwing error,
and a walk to Justin Morneau eventually loaded the bases for Doumit, who beat
an exaggerated shift by punching a single through the hole vacated by Derek
Jeter at shortstop, scoring the game's first two runs. Danny Valencia followed
with a long drive that soared over Raul Ibanez's head in left, plating the two
remaining runners for a 4-0 lead.
New York immediately punched back courtesy of the long ball. Granderson
crushed a pitch into the right-center field seats with one out, then Teixeira
drove home Rodriguez with a shot into the same section of the seats for his
first home run of the season.
The Yankees used a two-out rally to claim the lead in the second, starting
with Nunez's two-out double. Derek Jeter claimed his 3,110th career hit, tying
former Yankee Dave Winfield, with a run-scoring opposite-field single to
right. He then trotted home when Granderson crushed a down-and-in pitch into
the second deck in right for his second home run in as many frames.
Granderson did it again in the fourth, driving a pitch into the right-field
seats for his third home run of the game. The three-run edge quickly became
one in the sixth as Doumit hammered a two-run homer to right after Morneau
The Yankees bullpen scattered four hits without a walk in 3 2/3 scoreless
frames to preserve the win.
In a stat that interests those in the Boston-New York rivalry, Granderson had
more total bases in his first three plate appearances (12) than Boston's Kevin
Youkilis has all season (11). Granderson also had more home runs in the first
four innings than Rodriguez, Teixeira, Albert Pujols and David Ortiz combined
this season...The Twins have won just four of their last 15 and nine of their
last 36 in the Bronx...Yankees catcher Russell Martin finished hitless in four
plate appearances and is now batting .133 on the season. Jeter is hitting
04/20 01:03:22 ET