Sabathia Gets First Win; Yankees 8, Twins 3
The Twins got out to an early lead on C.C. Sabathia but the Yankee offense whacked 13 hits in an 8-3 over Minnesota at Yankee Stadium.
All of Twins’ hits and runs came in the second and third innings, as they built a 3-1 lead. But New York scored four times in the bottom of the third to take the lead, and Sabathia (1-0) didn’t allow another base runner until a two-out walk in the seventh, collecting his first win over the season.
Eight of the nine Yankees in the lineup had at least one hit – Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson each had one, while Nick Swisher, Andruw Jones, Eduardo Nunez, Brett Gardner, and Chris Stewart all had two – A-Rod was o for 4 with a walk and a strikeout (Mark Texeira missed the game with the flu).
Stewart, who got the start behind the plate to allow Russell Martin a night off, drove in three, Jeter had two more, and the Yanks got one each from Jones, Nunez and Gardner.
Minnesota’s Francisco Liriano dropped to 0-2 – five runs, seven hits and four walks over 2 1/3 innings. Manager Ron Gardenhire was thrown out of the game for arguing with home plate umpire Greg Gibson after Gibson ejected center fielder Denard Span for complaining about a called strike.
Hiroki Kuroda (1-1, 2.63 ERA) gets the ball Wednesday night against the Twins’ Jason Marquis (0-0, 4.55 ERA).