Update, 1:25: Wow, impressive hitting by Justin Morneau, going the other way with a low-and-away breaking ball from Sergio Mitre and sending it to his teammates in the Twins’ bullpen beyond the left-center fence – 1-0, Twins.
Update, 1:44: Great job with two-out hitting by the Yankees. Jorge Posada grounds a single into center. Marcus Thames wins a 10-pitch at-bat with Nick Blackburn, drawing a full-count walk. And Randy Winn, batting .179, lines a triple to the right-center gap for the 2-1 lead.
Update, 2:05: Nice work by Mitre so far, unlike in his last spot start in Detroit on Monday, when he gave up four runs and five hits in 4 1/3. So far, he has allowed just one run and two hits in his four innings.
Update, 2:36: Nick Blackburn had been much tougher in May (1.69 ERA) than he was in April (6.85), so the Yankees needed to take advantage of first and third and no one out. And they did with Mark Teixeira’s bloop RBI single to left-center. Denard Span just missed his second diving catch of the game on that one. But A-Rod misfired with a runner on third and one out. The grounder to third ended up with Derek Jeter out at home. It’s 3-1 after five.
Update, 2:43: Mitre just gave up a leadoff single to Orlando Hudson. David Robertson is warming up.
Update, 2:44: Robertson is coming in. Mitre got a nice hand trotting off. You couldn’t have asked any more of him, one run, four hits in five-plus.
Update, 2:54: Nice job by Robertson after walking Joe Mauer. Big strikeout on 3-2 against Morneau, although strike three looked a couple of inches off the plate. Morneau wasn’t pleased with plate ump Tim Tschida. Then Michael Cuddyer lined into an inning-ending double play. Somewhat interesting Girardi didn’t go to Damaso Marte against the Twins’ big lefties, although he hasn’t been reliable. Not that Robertson really has been, either.
Update, 3:38: Joba Chamberlain was able to work into trouble and almost work out of it, getting Morneau swinging before Cuddyer lined a single off Teixeira’s glove. So Mariano Rivera will come in with the bases loaded, looking for a four-out save.
Update, 3:45: Well, that didn’t work out too well for the Yankees. Walk to Jim Thome to force in a run, then grand slam to right by Jason Kubel. The Twins have been overdue, losing 12 straight to the Yankees. Rivera hadn’t allowed a run this season, covering 11 innings, and he hadn’t blown a save this season in seven tries. It’s 6-3 Minnesota going to the ninth.
Update, 4:10: Rivera had arrived with 51 consecutive saves at home, tying Eric Gagne for the major-league record. His last blown home save came at the old Yankee Stadium, on Aug. 13, 2007, against the Orioles.
Update, 4:22: Singles by Winn and Pena to open the ninth against Jon Rauch. Is there a comeback in the works?
Update, 4:30: No comeback. Derek Jeter, Brett Gardner and Teixeira struck out to end it. 6-3, Twins win. Finally.