The Yankees are heading into the break with a whimper. Their first-half finale was one of their worst games of the year, a sloppy 10-4 loss to the lowly Twins. The Yankees have lost five of their past eight — all at home — with seven of those games coming against the sub-.500 Royals and Twins. Today’s letdown featured an Eduardo Nunez throwing error that opened the door to three unearned runs, a Lyle Overbay fielding error that allowed two more, and a Chris Stewart passed ball that let the Twins into double digits. CC Sabathia couldn’t pitch beyond the fourth inning because of walks, trouble against the bottom of the order, and defensive miscues. If it seems this Minnesota lineup is unimpressive, it’s worth noting that the Yankees have now scored fewer runs than the Twins this season. The Yankees are still seven games over .500, but if Boston wins today, they’ll also be seven games out of first place for the first time this season.
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