Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau looked like their old selves on Monday night as the Minnesota Twins (3-7) came into town and beat the Yankees (5-5). Joe Mauer had three hits including two doubles, a RBI and also scored a run. Justin Morneau had two hits as well including a towering solo shot to right center in the top of the sixth. Yankees starter Freddy Garcia (0-1 6.97) pitched 5 2/3 innings, struggling along the way. He gave up five runs on nine hits. The Twins gathered 14 hits total.
Minnesota starter Carl Pavano (1-1 5.23) looked sharp is his outing. He went seven innings gave up three runs on seven hits and struck out six. Pavano was booed as he took the mound from Yankee fans. He played three seasons with the Yankees, started 26 games and went 9-6.
The Yankees bats got off to a hot start; in the first inning Derek Jeter led off with a home run, his third of the season and Curtis Granderson followed with a home run of his own, his third. Mark Teixeira would also drive in a run in the first inning, but that was all for the Yankees for the remainder of the game. According to the Elias Sports Bureau it was the first time since September 25, 2005 (Jeter and Cano) the Yankees started a game with back to back home runs.
The Yankees will play the Twins again tomorrow night. C.C. Sabathia (0-0 6.75) will pitch for the Yankees while Francisco Liriano (0-1 10.00) gets the nod for the Twins. Pregame begins at 6:30, first pitch at 7:05 right here on 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio.