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Yankees defeated Twins 5-1 in the series opener

The Yankees scored 13 hits against the Minnesota Twins and won 5-1 in Minneapolis on Tuesday evening.

Here are the takeaways…

-In a game where every starter in New York’s lineup scored at least one goal, we would be remiss not to start the offense. Anthony Volpe gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead in the second inning on a double after the inning started with three straight hits and a sacrifice fly over Oswaldo Cabrera. Volpe finished 2-for-5 from the leadoff spot and now has 21 RBI on the season.

-After Volpe’s runscoring double, New York never trailed again thanks to the starter Carlos Rodon who was playing most of the night. The left-hander did allow a leadoff home run Ryan Jeffers in the bottom of the first, which started the scoring, and two more singles would follow, but after that he was nails and let New York’s offense take its course.

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The 31-year-old has now surrendered at least one home run in four straight starts and has given up eight long balls in 49.1 innings this season, something to keep an eye on.

After his shaky first inning, Rodon settled down and went six-plus innings, allowing just one run on six hits while striking out six and walking none. He went out for the seventh inning on 98 pitches, but was pulled by manager Aaron Boone after allowing a leadoff single from Carlos Santana. Still, the left back achieved his fourth victory of the season.

-The Yankees extended their lead in the third and fourth inning against the Minnesota starter Chris Paddack. Came first Giancarlo Stanton‘s vicious home run to left center field that traveled 450 feet and had an exit velocity of 110 mph – proving that Stanton, when he connects, is still one of the most dangerous hitters in the game. He finished 2-for-5.

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New York rallied from two outs in the fourth, starting with a walk to Juan Soto. Aaron Judge kept the line moving with a single that lifted the ball Alex Verdugo who promptly doubled both runners to give the Yanks a 5-1 lead.

-Despite having more opportunities to add throughout the rest of the game (New York went 4-for-12 with RISP and left 11 men on base), it stayed that way until the final out.

Ian Hamilton And Clay Holmes combined to pitch three scoreless innings as the Yankees’ bullpen remains a huge asset for them.

-Along with Volpe and Stanton, Gleyber Torres and Cabrera also had two hits each.

Game MVP: Carlos Rodon

-Rodon was more than solid for the second straight start, following his lone blowout of the season against the Baltimore Orioles on May 2. Now he just has to keep the ball in the yard more often.

Highlights

What’s next

The Yankees and Twins continue their three-game set at Target Field on Wednesday night, with first pitch scheduled for 7:40 p.m.

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RHP Marcus Stroman (2-2, 3.80 ERA) will face RHP Pablo Lopez (4-2, 3.89 ERA).

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