The New York Yankees opened up a three game set against the Minnesota Twins with a 6-3 victory Monday night. Andy Pettite was beyond stellar in his second start returning form the disabled list. The lefty went six scoreless innings while scattering seven hits and striking out three. Pettite worked out of jams in the bottom of the first and third innings and Curtis Granderson threw Ryan Doumit out at home on a two out base hit up the middle by Jamey Carroll in the fourth.
Robinson Cano brought in the first Yankee run with an RBI groundout and Nick Swisher blasted a two run home run to put the Yankees ahead 3-0 in the first inning. It was Swisher's second consecutive game with a home run, and third home run in his last five games. Granderson, Raul Ibanez, and Eric Chavez added solo home runs accounting for the other three Yankee runs. Chavez was 3-4 on the day.
Derek Jeter stretched his hitting streak to 18 games by knocking a base hit to right field with one out in the top of the ninth. The captain was 1-3 on the night with two walks and a run.
Also pitching for the Yankees tonight was Joba Chamberlain who threw a scoreless seventh, Cory Wade who surrendered the only run giving up a home run to Pedro Florimon, Justin Thomas, and David Robertson who recorded the final two outs of the game.
Despite the Orioles winning the first game of their doubleheader with the Toronto Blue Jays, the Yankees were able to cushion their AL East lead by half a game after the Orioles fell to the Blue Jays in game two.
Tomorrow Phil Hughes (16-12 4.05 ERA) takes on Esmerling Vasquez (0-2 6.75 ERA) at 8:10 ET.
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