Minnesota Twins Game Grades: 6-4 Loss to Yankees

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Mar 20, 2016; Fort Myers, FL, USA; Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer (7) singles and drives in two runs against the New York Yankees during the fifth inning at CenturyLink Sports Complex. The Yankees defeated the Twins 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 20, 2016; Fort Myers, FL, USA; Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer (7) singles and drives in two runs against the New York Yankees during the fifth inning at CenturyLink Sports Complex. The Yankees defeated the Twins 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Minnesota Twins fall to Yankees 6-4

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The Minnesota Twins dropped their 17th spring game by a score of 6-4 against the visiting Yankees. The Twins are now 9-8. Ervin Santana started for Minnesota and went 5 inning allowing 4 runs (3 earned), 3 walks, 2 hits and 2 strikeouts.

The Twins struck first with two runs in the bottom of the 2nd against Yankees’ starter Ivan Nova. Both runs were scored on force outs.

The Yankees answered with 3 runs of their own in the next inning. One run was walked in, another a sac fly and the 3rd, an RBI groundout. Ervin Santana balked in the 5th inning to allow another run.

The Twins tied it up in the bottom of the 5th via a 2 RBI single from Joe Mauer. That run was the first of the game scored on a hit.

Kevin Jepsen and Fernando Abad held the Yankees in check with scoreless innings of work. J.R Graham allowed a home run and an RBI double to put New York up for good.

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6 hits, 3 walks, 5 strikeouts, 0 home runs and 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position. <strong><a href=. . Joe Mauer. OFFENSE . C

. Kevin Jepsen. PITCHING . C. Team totals: 6 hits allowed, 4 walks, 1 home run and 3 strikeouts. Aside from his balk, Ervin Santana was solid enough and an outfield error did him no favors. But, Jepsen threw the only clean inning of work for the Twins this afternoon. 

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The Twins will face the Pittsburgh Pirates tomorrow afternoon at CenturyLink Sports Complex. First pitch is at 12:05 CST. Kyle Gibson will get the start. The game will be broadcast on FSN

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