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Gardner’s Hit the Difference In Yanks’ Shutout Win Over the Twins


Yankee Stadium, the Bronx- The talk by the water-cooler these days always seems to involve the prospects of rain. At what time will it drizzle? When can a downpour occur? For the New York Yankees, the rain commenced on schedule, that is to say that it found its way onto the field during the middle of play in the Yankees 2-0 blanking over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night.

Interrupting first baseman Lyle Overbay’s at-bat in the bottom of the fourth inning, the rain marked the stadium for a one-hour, 13 minute delay, and perhaps not surprisingly, the Yankees came out of it all the better.

“It’s deflating a bit,” said Overbay on the rain delay, humorously adding “I had a 1-hour, 15-minute at-bat. First time I ever had to deal with that.”

In the only inning that saw any legitimate offense, the Pinstripes scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning for a 2-0 lead that the bullpen had no trouble containing.

Yankees’ center-fielder Brett Gardner had what would hold up as the game-winning hit when he singled home third baseman Luis Cruz from second base with a chopper through the hole at short off Twins’ reliever Ryan Pressly [2-2] for a 1-0 Yankees lead.

Pressly’s one mistake removed him from the game in favor of pitcher Brian Duensing, who fared no better against Yankees’ All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano, as the Yanks’ top hitting threat came through with an RBI-single up the middle, scoring Gardner from third base for the final tally of 2-0 New York.

Pressly is now 0-3 in his career against the Yankees, and 3-3 on the road this season.

Cano, who finished 1-for-2, extended his hitting-streak to a season-high seven games with his fifth inning single, and is batting .429 during the stretch.

“Bounce it. Please bounce it,” said Twins manager Ron Gardenhire on witnessing Cano’s single.

Hiroki Kuroda managed the starting pitcher’s role effectively despite the rain, going five scoreless innings, for six hits and five strikeouts, lowering his ERA to 2.65, while also collecting his eighth victory of the season [8-6], winning for just the second time in his last 10 starts.

The Yankees’ relief pitching corps of Preston Clairborne, Boone Logan, David ‘High Socks’ Robertson, and closer Mariano Rivera, tossed four scoreless innings in relief. Logan struck out the side in the seventh inning in relief of Claiborne, while Rivera picked up save No.30 on the season.

Rivera has now reached the 30 save mark for the 15th time in his career, surpassing San Diego Padres’ great Trevor Hoffman [14 seasons of 30 plus saves] for the most such seasons all-time.

Minnesota [37-53] is now 0-5 against the Yankees in 2013. Friday night’s loss adds to the Twins recent woes, as Minnesota has now dropped 12 of their last 13 games. Despite out-hitting the Yankees 8-6, the Twins left 10 runners on base to fall for just the third time in 28 games this season in which they have out-hit an opponent.

“We had opportunities and we put men out there just didn’t come up with any big hits again, kinda what our story-line’s been,” Gardenhire said. “Get them out there and missed opportunities.”

For the Yankees [51-42], the win over Minnesota is their fifth shutout victory of the season, helping guide the Pinstripes to a 17-5 record against the AL-Central this year.

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