TWINS ROUNDUP: Cano's three-run homer highlights Yankees' victory
New York second baseman Robinson Cano clubbed a three-run homer, his fourth long ball in the last three games, as the Yankees cruised past the Twins 7-3 at Target Field last night in Minneapolis. Alberto Gonzalez drove in three runs and scored twice for the Yankees, who had lost five in-a-row before winning the first two games of this four-game set against Minnesota. Phil Hughes tossed seven innings of one-run ball to pick up the win and improve to 4-and-7. Mariano Rivera recorded the final out of the game for his 27th save. Brian Dozier doubled in a pair of runs in the ninth and Joe Mauer also had an RBI for the Twins, who have dropped three in-a-row and six of their last eight. Samuel Deduno permitted three runs in six frames as he slipped to 4-and-3 with the loss. The same two teams play tonight at 7:10 p.m. in the Twin Cities. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
The Twins gave Yankees closer Mariano Rivera a retirement gift prior to last night's game. The team presented baseball's all-time saves leader with a rocking chair. The chair is partly made from broken bats and features the inscription "Chair of Broken Dreams." The 43-year-old right-hander laughed, but called the chair wonderful and awesome. Rivera is known for breaking the bats of many hitters he faces with his dominating cutting fastball. Rivera says he plans to retire at the end of the season, so this four-game series is likely the final visit to the Twin Cities for Rivera as an MLB player. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
The Twins have placed outfielder Josh Willingham on the 15-day disabled list and reinstated outfielder Aaron Hicks from the DL. An MRI on Willingham Tuesday revealed a tear of his medial meniscus as well as a bone bruise in his left knee. Hicks missed 19 games with a strained left hamstring. The 23-year-old rookie went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in his return to the lineup last night.
TwinsFest will have a new home beginning in 2014. Target Field will now host the annual event, which has traditionally been held inside the Metrodome. Twins president David St. Peter says hosting the baseball festival at the team's ballpark allows them to re-invent the gathering with new experiences in a more intimate setting. TwinsFest began in 1989 and had been primarily been in the Metrodome, although the Mall of America and the National Sports Center have also been a host site. TwinsFest 2014 will be held from January 24-26. TwinsFest is a fundraising event for the Twins Community Fund, which helps enrich local communities through baseball, softball, and the Twins.