NEW YORK -- In a 4-hour, 13-minute game on Monday, the New York Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins 8-7 in 10 innings when former Yankee Eduardo Nunez could not field a grounder hit right at him by Chase Headley, allowing the winning run to score.
In the 10th, Greg Bird led off against lefty Glen Perkins by drilling a double into right-center. It was Bird's first hit at Yankee Stadium. Brian McCann followed with a long drive to left-center that deflected off Eddie Rosario's glove near the warning track. Bird had to hold up to see if the ball would be caught so he moved only to third.
Twins manager Paul Molitor decided to go with five infielders and just two outfielders. Headley hit it right to Nunez who bobbled the ball and then threw to first for some reason. That's how the game ended.
Scary moment: A bloodied Bryan Mitchell was forced to leave the game after taking an Eduardo Nunez line drive off his face.
Clutch Carlos: Beltran tied the game at 7-7 in the sixth with a two-run shot off lefty Brian Duesing, whom the Yankees own.
Cann Cann: McCann hit a three-run first inning homer off starter Kyle Gibson. The three-run lead did not last long. In the third, McCann drove home two runs with a two-out single to give the Yankees a 5-4 lead. That didn't last long either.
Leaving a Mark: Mark Teixeira fouled a ball off his shin in the sixth. He stayed in to walk, but then was replaced by pinch-runner Greg Bird. X-rays were negative. The Yankees said that Teixeira has a bruised right lower leg.
Dealin': Yankees manager Joe Girardi turned to Dellin Betances in the seventh with two outs and a man on first, but he didn't have to get an out because McCann caught Nunez trying to steal second. With only Andrew Miller left in the pen, Girardi had Betances pitch the eighth and the ninth.
Miller time: Miller pitched a 1-2-3 10th.
Speed Rod: In the third, Alex Rodriguez stole second with two outs and without a throw. He scored on McCann's two-run single. It was Rodriguez's second stolen base of the season.
In-Sano: Against reliever Caleb Cotham, the Twins scored three in the third, two of which came on a homer from impressive rookie Miguel Sano. Cotham wasn't helped when Didi Gregorius, fielding a ball up the middle, tried to be fancy with a glove flip on a double play attempt that ended in no outs and one error. That made one of Cotham's runs unearned.
After the Yankees gave Cotham the lead again, he gave it right back as Aaron Hicks hit a fourth-inning solo shot.
Ploufe power: Trevor Plouffe gave the Twins a 6-5 lead in the fifth with a solo shot off Chasen Shreve. It was Plouffe's 18th homer of the season. Plouffe added another RBI on a single off Justin Wilson in the sixth to make it 7-5.
Missed chance: The Yankees loaded the bases in the seventh, but couldn't unlock a tie. With one out and the bases loaded, McCann popped out and Beltran struck out against righty Casey Fien.
HOPE Week: The Yankees began HOPE Week by honoring < Chris Singleton prior to the game. Singleton, a baseball player for Charleston Southern University, said profound words after his mother Sharonda Coleman-Singleton was one of the nine people who lost their lives during the hate crime at Emanuel AME Church in June.
Singleton, along with Rodriguez, Dellin Betances and Brett Gardner also appeared on "The Today Show" on Monday morning.