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Yankees at Twins: New York takes series finale, 8-2

The Yankees defeated the Twins, 8-2, on Thursday to take the three-game series at Target Field.

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Sore left foot could keep A-Rod out another game

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was not needed in the Wednesday's 8-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins, and the off day was used to ice his sore left foot. Rodriguez fouled a ball off the top of his foot in his final at-bat in Tuesday's 5-4 loss.

According to a report by Chad Jennings of LoHud.com, Rodriguez and manager Joe Girardi are both hopefully the third baseman could return for Thursday's series opener at the Toronto Blue Jays. However, Rodriguez admitted playing on the Roger Centres field turf isn't the best way to heal a foot injury.

"Even feeling good, four days on turf is a little tough on a lot of our guys," Rodriguez said. "That’s never something where you have a lot of fun."

Without Rodriguez, the Yankees were able to tally eight runs, six coming in the third inning, to earn a victory that helped them take the three-game series and maintain a lead in the American League East Division Standings. Entering Wednesday night, the Yankees lead the second-place Baltimore Orioles by two full games. The Orioles play the Blue Jays Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. ET.

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Sabathia's strong 8 innings helps Yanks win, 8-2

Behind eight strong innings from ace CC Sabathia and a six-run third inning Wednesday afternoon, the New York Yankees defeated the Minnesota Twins, 8-2, at Target Field. The victory helped the Yankees (90-65) take the three-game series and push their lead in the American League East Division to two full games.

That lead could stay stagnant or be minimized by a half game, depending on the results of Wednesday night's contest between the second-place Baltimore Orioles (88-67) and Toronto Blue Jays (68-86) starting at 7:05 p.m. ET. New York's magic number to clinch a postseason berth is now at four.

Sabathia (14-6) finished the game allowing just two runs on six hits while striking out 10 batters. His stellar outing was supported by a slew of runs that mostly came in a six-run third inning that helped the Yankees take an early 6-1 lead.

Robinson Cano went 2-for-5 at the plate with a run scored and two RBI, both coming in the third inning, while Curtis Granderson's lone hit was a triple that also scored two runs in the third.

Other Yankees collecting multiple hits were Ichiro Suzuki (2-for-5), Raul Ibanez (2-for-4) and Chris Dickerson (2-for-4).

The losing pitcher was Brian Duensing (4-11) who allowed six runs in just one inning of work.

On Friday, the Yankees will continue their road trip, as they travel to Toronto for a four-game series with the Blue Jays.

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Yankees hold slim lead over O's and Rays

The New York Yankees continue to hold a slim 1½-game lead over the Baltimore Orioles with only eight games remaining. The Yanks will look to take the rubber game of their series against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night, then take off to Toronto for a four game set with the Blue Jays. The season ends with three games against the Boston Red Sox in the Bronx.

The Orioles only have seven games remaining on their schedule, and are trying to gain on the Yankees to avoid playing in the one game wildcard playoff. The O's are currently in the first wildcard spot, with the Oakland Athletics a half game behind them. Baltimore will try to avoid a third straight loss to the Blue Jays tonight before taking on the Red Sox for three games starting on Thursday. Their regular season ends with three games in Tampa against the Rays, who sit three games back for the wildcard and five games back in the AL East. The Rays play in Boston tonight, then go to Chicago for four games against the White Sox before heading home to end the regular season against the Orioles.

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Yankees, Twins play Game 2 Tuesday

The New York Yankees face the Minnesota Twins at Target Field Tuesday night looking to continue their hot streak and extend their division lead in the AL East.

The Yankees currently hold a 1.5 game lead over the Baltimore Orioles in the AL East.

Phil Hughes (16-12, 4.05) takes the mound for New York looking to win his fourth straight start. Hughes allowed four runs but struck out nine in five innings of work his last time out.

Esmerling Vasquez (0-2, 6.75) gets the start for the Twins. Vasquez has not won, or even managed to post a quality start in four outings this year, but enters Tuesday's game looking to play spoiler to the playoff hopeful New York Yankees. Vasquez allowed three earned runs on six hits in 5.2 innings of work in his last start.

Game Time: 8:10 p.m. ET

Location: Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota

TV: MY9

Radio: WCBS 880, WADO 1280

For complete MLB standings, click here.

For more on the Yankees, visit the SB Nation blog Pinstriped Bible and be sure to visit Twinkie Town for more on the Twins. Baseball Nation is your home for all up-to-date MLB news and analysis.

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