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TWINS BASEBALL ROUND-UP: Twins can't hold lead, lose to Yankees

MINNEAPOLIS -- New York's Robinson Cano went 3-for-4 with a pair of homers and three RBIs to lead the Yankees in a 10-4 beating of the MInnesota Twins at Target Field.

Zoilo Almonte finished 3-for-5 with two RBIs for New York, which snapped a streak of 47 straight games without scoring in double-digits. Andy Pettitte allowed four runs over five innings in the start while Joba Chamberlain recorded the win in relief. Pettitte struck out two to pass Whitey Ford as the team's all-time strikeout leader. The Yanks snapped a five-game losing streak and handed manager Joe Girardi his 600th career managerial victory. Chris Parmelee hit a solo homer and Ryan Doumit drove in two for Minnesota in defeat. Jared Burton took the loss out of the bullpen for the Twins, who have dropped three out of four and seven of their last ten.


Voting for this year's Major League Baseball All-Star Game is in its final days. Twins star Joe Mauer leads all AL catchers in the voting. Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera is still leading the American League with more than 5.8-million votes in the latest tabulations released Monday. Voting ends Thursday night at 11 p.m. The 84th All-Star Game will be played July 16th at Citi Field in New York.


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.


Former Twins outfielder Michael Cuddyer extended his hitting streak to 27 games in Colorado's 5-2 loss Sunday to San Francisco. Cuddyer's Rockies were off yesterday and will begin a three-game series with the Dodgers tonight in Denver. Cuddyer is hitting .344 with 14 home runs and 48 runs batted this season for Colorado.


Major League Baseball is paying tribute to the fallen firefighters in Arizona. Teams held a moment of silence before last night's games in memory of 19 firemen who lost their lives Sunday battling a wildfire in Yarnell, Arizona. The Diamondbacks are also planning to honor those lost by wearing a special uniform when they return home this weekend. The jerseys will be auctioned off with proceeds going to the families of the victims.