Twins' offense lackluster against Yanks
Kubel's RBI lone highlight at plate; Blackburn tosses two scoreless
YANKEES 5, TWINS 1
at Tampa, Fla.
Sunday, March 15
Twins at the plate: Minnesota broke through in the top of the sixth inning, as Jason Kubel's RBI single drove home Luke Hughes. Mike Redmond had the first hit of the afternoon for the Twins, drilling a double to left.
Yankees at the plate: Jorge Posada caught his first game of the spring and stroked two hits, while scoring a first-inning run on Hideki Matsui's fielder's choice. Melky Cabrera doubled and scored on a Ramiro Pena single for the Yankees' second run, and Mark Teixeira added a sacrifice fly in the third inning. Angel Berroa gave the Yankees some breathing room with a two-run double in the sixth. Infielder Doug Bernier left the game after being taken out with a hard slide at second base in the second inning.Twins on the mound: Glen Perkins pitched three innings, yielding three runs on five hits. He didn't return for the fourth after being struck by a broken bat as he recorded the final out in the third. Perkins walked none and struck out none. Nick Blackburn relieved and fired two scoreless innings, allowing one hit, and Robert Keppel pitched one inning of two-run ball. Yankees on the mound: Toying with his curveball, Andy Pettitte allowed two hits over three scoreless innings, walking none and striking out one. Phil Coke relieved and pitched three innings, not allowing a hit through the first two before allowing a run in the sixth. Grapefruit League records: Twins 8-7; Yankees 8-8-1 Up next: The Twins are back home in Fort Myers, Fla., on Monday, meeting the Orioles in a 12:05 p.m. CT start. Right-hander Philip Humber will start for Minnesota, with right-hander David Pauley on the mound for Baltimore.
The Yankees are at home again on Monday, welcoming the Phillies for a 12:15 p.m. CT start. Right-hander Joba Chamberlain gets the ball for New York, while right-hander Kyle Kendrick counters for Philadelphia.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.