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CWS@MIN: Pino fans seven in Major League debut

Rookie Yohan Pino will try to get the Twins back into their series against the Yankees Saturday afternoon -- and get himself his first big league win -- in the third of four games at Target Field.

The Yankees, who will be playing the third game of an 11-game road trip, left New York on a five-game losing streak but have now won back-to-back contests after Friday's 6-5 victory.

Pino, winless in three career starts, is looking to bounce back after two subpar outings. The right-hander lasted just three innings against the Angels on June 25 before allowing four runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings in his last outing against the Royals on Monday.

"It didn't look like he was going to have much," manager Ron Gardenhire said of that start. "He hung in there pretty good and made better pitches as it went along."

Despite the results, Pino said he thought his stuff was better than in his previous outing, that he located his pitches better and threw his slider and changeup better.

David Phelps will take the hill for the Yankees opposite Pino. Phelps has had a decent run of late, allowing two or fewer runs in three of his last four starts, the only poor outing being a five-inning, six-run start against the Blue Jays on June 24.

The Yankees should also have catcher Brian McCann, who sat out Friday's game with a sore right foot, back in the lineup.

"His foot's a little sore," manager Joe Girardi said Friday. "It was sore last night, and hopefully the day off will help him."

McCann appeared to aggravate his foot while running out a single in the fifth inning on Thursday. He delayed the game for a couple of minutes while testing his foot, then decided to stay in the contest. But Francisco Cervelli started in his place on Friday.

Twins: Jeter to be honored Saturday
With Derek Jeter playing his last career series in Minnesota this weekend, the Twins will honor the Yankees captain by presenting him with a farewell gift on Saturday.

Last year, during Mariano Rivera's farewell tour, the Twins gave the closer a rocking chair made of broken bats, in honor of all the Minnesota bats Rivera's cutter had shattered. Jeter's present has yet to be announced, although Gardenhire said he thought it was "neat."

"Everywhere I've gone, it's been above and beyond anything I've expected," Jeter said. "I don't expect anyone to do anything for me, but they've been very kind and have given me a lot of nice gifts and given a lot to my foundation, which means a lot to me as well. I've been fortunate in that sense, because it's not something I think they need to do or they have to do."

Jeter will likely be back in Minnesota for the All-Star Game on July 15, as he currently leads the pack in voting for the starting American League shortstop.

Yankees: Sabathia's season likely in jeopardy
Girardi said Friday that it's "probably fair to say" CC Sabathia could miss the remainder of the season.

The Yankees won't know for sure what Sabathia's official status is until he meets with Dr. James Andrews on July 14.

The left-hander made a rehab start for Double-A Trenton on Wednesday, but then experienced swelling in his right knee on Thursday morning. The team had him undergo an MRI, and will hold any official decisions until he sees the esteemed Andrews.

"He's going to see Andrews a week from Monday," Girardi said. "The MRI didn't reveal anything new. It's what we saw. I'm sure surgery is possible. So they've got to talk about it and decide what's best."

Worth noting
• Twins designated hitter Chris Colabello homered in the second inning on Friday, his first at-bat since being recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday.

• The Twins are now 0-7 in their last seven games against the Yankees at Target Field.

• After leading off Friday's game with a triple, the Yankees' Brett Gardner has now reached base safely in 20 straight games. Comments