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The Yankees wasted an effective start by Sergio Mitre while falling to 12-3 at home heading into a pair of difficult two-game sets against Boston and AL East-leading Tampa Bay. Phil Hughes is scheduled to face Red Sox right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka on Monday night.
"I just look at one (series). I'm not going to look ahead," manager Joe Girardi said. "Obviously, you want to continue to try to win series."
Gardenhire lamented all of Minnesota's missed opportunities against the Yankees before the game, and he got a couple more to add to his list in this one. But he also got just enough for Minnesota's first victory in New York since July 4, 2007.
"As far as I'm concerned, we're 1-0 against the Yankees in our last one game played," he said. "We'll construe the numbers any way we want now."
Mitre allowed one run -- Justin Morneau's ninth homer -- and four hits in five-plus innings. He could start Friday night's Subway Series opener against the Mets if Girardi decides to use Javier Vazquez in long relief over the next couple days.
"Felt pretty good. Everything was pretty much working," Mitre said. "Throwing a lot of strikes, trying to stay ahead of the hitters and just pound the strike zone throughout the whole game."
NOTES: Yankees CF Curtis Granderson took batting practice and fielded about 15 balls in the outfield for the first time since he strained his left groin May 1. He also ran again and did some stretching. "Everything felt good," he said. ... Twins 3B Nick Punto was out of the starting lineup because Gardenhire wanted to give Matt Tolbert playing time. Tolbert went 1 for 3 in his first game since he was recalled from Triple-A Rochester last Tuesday. ... Girardi said RHP Chan Ho Park (right hamstring) likely will come off the DL on Monday. ... The Twins open a two-game series at Toronto on Monday. RHP Kevin Slowey is scheduled to face Blue Jays LHP Dana Eveland.
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