It’s a bit much to suggest that Zelous Wheeler showed up and got the Yankees offense on track, but the new guy most certainly played his part. Wheeler’s first big league hit was a solo home run in a much-needed 7-4 win against the Twins. It snapped a five-game losing streak and matched the Yankees best offensive game since May 7. Wheeler had two hits, one in each of the Yankees’ multi-run innings. His home run came two batters after Carlos Beltran put the Yankees in front with a three-run homer in the fifth, and Wheeler’s seventh-inning single came as four straight Yankees reached base in a three-run outburst. With all of that offense, the Yankees finally picked up the slack for Masahiro Tanaka, who failed to record a quality start for the first time in his big league career. Tanaka allowed four runs in seven innings, but snapped a personal two-game losing streak.
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