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Curtis Granderson’s Three Home Runs Lift New York Yankees Past Minnesota Twins

April 19th, 2012 at 10:30 PM
By Daniel Sirianni

Curtis Granderson led the New York Yankees to a 7-6 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday to finish the four game series in the Bronx. The 31 year-old center fielder went 5-5 with three home runs and four RBI. 

While Granderson provided the majority of New York's runs, Mark Teixeira added a two run home run and Derek Jeter had an RBI single. 

Starting the game for the Yankees was Phil Hughes, who struggled despite getting the win. The right-hander allowed six hits, six runs (two earned), and two walks in five and a third innings. He is now 1-2 with a 6.75 ERA this season. 

Relieving Hughes in the sixth inning was Boone Logan who retired two of the three batters he faced to end the inning.

Rafael Soriano came in for the seventh inning and struck out the side for a scoreless inning, followed by a scoreless eighth inning pitched by David Robertson. 

Closer Mariano Rivera came in to finish the game in the ninth, needing just seven pitches to get three outs and earn the save. 

The Yankees will play the Boston Red Sox on Friday at 3:05 PM ET. Ivan Nova (2-0) will start for New York and Clay Buchholz (1-0) will start for Boston.

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Tags: Baseball, Curtis Granderson, Minnesota Twins, MLB, New York, New York Yankees, Phil Hughes

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