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Hughes Struggles as Twins Fall to Yankees in Series Opener

Updated: 07/04/2014 5:54 AM
Created: 07/03/2014 10:03 PM KSTP.com

Carlos Beltran gave the foundering Yankees a jolt with a three-run homer Thursday night, lifting Masahiro Tanaka to his major league-leading 12th win and helping New York end a season-worst five-game skid with a 7-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

Zelous Wheeler homered in his big league debut after eight years in the minors. David Robertson notched his 19th save with a hitless ninth inning and the Yankees started an 11-game road trip with a sigh-of-relief performance that put their record back at the .500 mark.

Phil Hughes (8-5) was rolling right along against his former team, leading 2-0 until Beltran's big hit cleared the tall wall above right field following consecutive singles to start the fifth. Wheeler went deep two batters later.

Tanaka (12-3) allowed a season-high four runs.

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Minnesota Twins pitcher Phil Hughes throws against the New York Yankees in the first inning of a baseball game on Thursday, July 3, 2014, in Minneapolis.
Photo: AP/Jim Mone
Yankees' Tanaka (12-3) beat Twins Thursday
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