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A loss Tuesday could have been a major blow to the Yankees, who haven't missed the postseason since 1993. They moved within eight games of first-place Tampa Bay in the AL East and remained five behind Boston in the wild-card standings by winning for only the sixth time in 17 games.
Notes: Yankees RHP Phil Hughes made a rehab start for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He allowed two runs and three hits with four strikeouts and a walk in 5 1-3 innings against Pawtucket. ... RHP Carl Pavano's rehab start for Double-A Trenton on Tuesday didn't go as well. He gave up seven hits, including two homers, and five runs in 4 1-3 innings. He also hit two batters with pitches. ... Yankees DH-LF Hideki Matsui will run the bases for the second time Wednesday. That puts him on course to start a rehab assignment as soon as Friday. ... Twins 2B Nick Punto snapped an 0-for-13 skid with a double in the fifth.
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