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Yankees Beat Twins 8-4

It’s getting harder and harder to say the same thing over and over.

The Minnesota Twins lost again, much in the same way they’ve lost most of their games this year—bad starting pitching, not enough hitting, and a bullpen that either can’t hold a lead or keep it close to give the Twins a chance to win the game.

Bad pitching: Brian Duensing, who’s been up and down all year, was down on Thursday. He only went five innings, giving up 10 hits, a walk, and six earned runs, and two home runs.

Untimely hitting: Justin Morneau, who hit a bomb in the first inning to give the Twins an apparent 2-0 lead, saw the call reversed by replay. And although it was the right call, it’s kind of been the Twins hitting in a microcosm this year. Although the Twins did take an early lead, Duensing couldn’t hold it, and the Twins fell behind 6-2. After they scored 2 in the bottom of the seventh to get within two runs…

Bad pitching took over from the bullpen, as Matt Capps gave up two runs in the ninth, wiping out any chance the Twins had to make a comeback.

The Twins have now lost 20 of 23 against the Yankees, and tomorrow Kevin Slowey will square off against Phil Hughes.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.