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Major League Baseball: Twins' three HRs beat Hughes

Major League Baseball: Twins' three HRs beat Hughes

Phil Hughes can become a free agent after the season, and he certainly might benefit from leaving Ya

Phil Hughes can become a free agent after the season, and he certainly might benefit from leaving Yankee Stadium behind.

A fly-ball pitcher in the wrong ballpark for that, Hughes gave up three home runs to the slumping Minnesota Twins in their 4-1 victory over the New York Yankees on Saturday.

Trevor Plouffe, Ryan Doumit and Pedro Florimon connected against Hughes — all on 2-2 pitches with one out. Plouffe sent a legit drive to left-center, but the other two balls probably wouldn’t have left any other ballpark in the majors.

“I have a straight fastball, a four-seamer, that when I miss over the plate with it, it leads to fly balls. I just have to concentrate on location, and it comes down to execution,” Hughes said.

Samuel Deduno pitched seven impressive innings for the Twins, who finally figured out a way to beat New York. Minnesota snapped a six-game losing streak with its second victory in 14 games, winning for the first time in six meetings with the Yankees this year.

New York won 32 of the prev­ious 39 matchups, including a pair of playoff sweeps.

“It’s frustrating,” Hughes said. “I’ve felt good with my stuff over the last three or four starts. There’s just one or two mistakes that I have to stay away from.”

Beaten by Hughes earlier this month, Deduno (5-4) scattered six hits in his first start at Yankee Stad­ium. He struck out three, walked three and matched the longest outing of his career.

The Yankees, who swept four games in Minnesota from July 1-4, had won three straight and nine of 12.

“Deduno was tough on us,” manager Joe Girardi said. “He has a very good changeup, and has given us trouble in the past.”

Hughes (4-9) tied a career high with 10 strikeouts in 71⁄3 innings, but gave up three homers in a game for the second time this season. He has allowed 18 long balls in as many starts.

The 27-year-old right-hander has the lowest ground ball-to-fly ball ratio of any starter in the majors. He has served up 53 homers the past two seasons, second most in the big leagues behind Ervin Santana (55).

“I thought it was some of the better stuff he’s had all year,” Girardi said. “I think he threw the ball exceptionally well except for a few mistakes.”

Casey Fien pitched a scoreless eighth, and All-Star closer Glen Perkins, making his first appearance in a week, got three outs for his 21st save in 23 chances.

“Exciting baseball game,” said Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, ejected in the eighth for arguing a call at first base. “That was needed. It’s been a tough go here to get a win, so to see the guys smile again is very exciting.”

New York jumped on top in the first inning when Ichiro Suzuki doubled and scored on Robinson Cano’s single. Deduno got Vernon Wells to ground into an inning-ending double play, and settled in from there.

The right-hander received some help when Doumit caught Zoilo Almonte stealing second with a runner on third to end the fourth. Deduno struck out Suzuki with two on to finish the fifth, and worked around a one-out double in the seventh.

Plouffe tied it in the second, and Doumit put the Twins ahead in the seventh with a line drive to right.

Alex Rodriguez went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts for the Tampa Yankees, dropping to 2-for-18 (.111) with one RBI and five strikeouts in his injury rehabilitation assignment.

He played seven innings in the field, and also was hit in the lower back by a pitch.


ab r h bi ab r h bi

Dozier 2b 4 0 0 0 Gardnr cf 4 0 1 0

Mauer dh 4 0 2 0 ISuzuki rf 4 1 2 0

Mornea 1b 4 0 0 0 Cano 2b 4 0 1 1

Doumit c 4 1 1 1 V.Wells dh 4 0 1 0

Plouffe 3b 4 1 1 1 Overay 1b 3 0 0 0

Parmel rf 3 0 0 0 Almont lf 3 0 1 0

Hicks cf 4 1 1 0 L.Cruz 3b 4 0 0 0

Thoms lf 3 0 0 0 AlGnzlz 3b 2 0 0 0

Flormn ss 2 1 1 2 Hafner ph 1 0 1 0

Nunez ss 1 0 0 0

AuRmn c 3 0 1 0

Totals 32 4 6 4 Totals 33 1 8 1

Minnesota 010 000 120—4

New York 100 000 000—1

DP—Minnesota 1. LOB—Minnesota 3, New York 8. 2B—Mauer (29), I.Suzuki (11), Hafner (8). HR—Doumit (9), Plouffe (10), Florimon (5). CS—Florimon (2), Almonte (1).



Deduno W,5-4 7 6 1 1 3 3

Fien H,10 1 1 0 0 0 0

Perkins S,21-23 1 1 0 0 0 0

New York

P.Hughes L,4-9 7 1-3 5 4 4 1 10

Kelley 2-3 1 0 0 0 1

Chamberlain 1 0 0 0 1 0


Umpires—Home, Vic Carapazza; First, Gary Cederstrom; Second, Kerwin Danley; Third, Lance Barksdale.

T—2:40. A—40,301 (50,291).

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