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Twins beat Yankees; Mauer inches toward batting title

The Minnesota Twins beat the New York Yankees on Tuesday to bring the season-series to a 3-3 tie.   The Yankees scored first on a Nick Swisher 2-run home run in the fourth inning off Esmerling Vasquez.  The Twins put up one run in the bottom half on a Chris Paremelee double that scored Joe Mauer.  The Yanks put another run on the board when Russel Martin homered on Casey Fien‘s first pitch of the seventh inning.  The Twins countered with a four-run bottom half, scoring one run on a Boone Logan wild pitch, two runs on Denard Span‘s double, and the fourth on a Mauer single.  Mauer’s hit proved to be the winning run, after Glen Perkins gave up a solo shot in the ninth to Andruw Jones.  Perkins hung on for the save, giving Fien the win and saddling Yankees’ starter Phil Hughes with the loss.  Mauer went 3-for-4 and raised his average to .326.  His performance catapulted him into second place in the AL batting racing, three points behind Miguel Cabrera.

The Twins play the final game of the series, and the deciding game of the season series, at 12:10 PM (CST) at Target Field.  A win for the Twins would give them the first season-series victory over the Bronx Bombers since 2008 and would give them an opportunity to threaten the Yankee’s playoff berth.

Tags: AL Central Joe Mauer Minnesota Twins

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