In the New York Yankees‘ 4-3 triumph over the Minnesota Twins, Brett Gardner scored one run and thumped in what established to be the game-winner on Thursday.
With four runs on four hits and three walks in five innings, the Yankees plummeted Minnesota starter Francisco Liriano to 0-2 on the year. After Liriano left the game, New York managed just one hit.
New York was down 2-1 in the fourth when Russell Martin got an RBI on a groundout and Andruw Jones doubled in a run. With a single to right, Gardner followed and made the score 4-2.
By giving up five hits and two runs in six innings, Yankees starter A.J. Burnett (2-0) earned the win. Mariano Rivera, for his fourth save of the year, pitched the ninth but the most upbeat member of the Yankees bullpen was Rafael Soriano.
In a scoreless eighth inning, the high-priced setup man threw just 10 pitches, just 2 days after walking three Twins and blowing a four-run lead. Nick Swisher slid hard into second base on a Mark Teixeira grounder to shortstop, during the seventh inning of Thursday’s 4-3 win over the Twins. Nishioka had to be carried off the field. He was playing second base after being a shortstop in Japan. Swisher was out on the fielder’s choice.
The Twins have their home opener against the Oakland Athletics (2-4), while the Yankees hit the road against the Boston Red Sox (0-6) Friday. At the start of the season, the sports betting odds for Boston was at 3/1 but presently they are at 9/2 and Yankees are at 5/1.