Deduno's gem leads slumping Twins over Yankees

3:47 PM, Jul 13, 2013   |    comments
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NEW YORK - Samuel Deduno pitched seven impressive innings and the slumping Minnesota Twins finally figured out a way to beat the New York Yankees in a 4-1 win Saturday.

"He's the guy you want out there," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "His ball moves all over the place, and he had good breaking balls and he was in control pretty much the whole game."

The Twins offensive struggles have been well documented. The team has struggles, especially with runners in scoring position, but three home runs off Phil Hughes provided all the offense the Twins would need on Saturday. 

Trevor Plouffe, Ryan Doumit and Pedro Florimon connected against Hughes - all on 2-2 pitches. Minnesota snapped a six-game losing streak with its second victory in 14 games, winning for the first time in six meetings with the Yankees this year.

New York won 32 of the previous 39 matchups, including a pair of playoff sweeps.

Beaten by Hughes earlier this month, Deduno (5-4) scattered six hits in his first start at Yankee Stadium.

Casey Fien pitched a scoreless eighth and All-Star closer Glen Perkins, making his first appearance in a week, got three outs for his 21st save in 23 chances.

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