NEW YORK -- The Yankees usually dominate the Twins, but a combination of Phil Hughes not pitching well enough and an offense that can't hit did them in on Saturday.
WHAT IT MEANS: The Twins were due to beat the Yankees, and Hughes simply can't pitch consistently well in the Bronx.
LESS PHIL-ING: Hughes struck out a season-high 10 and allowed only five hits in 7 1/3 innings. The problem? Well, what always is the problem for Hughes in the Bronx? Home runs.
After being handed the lead in the first, Hughes allowed a solo shot to Trevor Plouffe in the second. In the seventh, with the score still locked at 1, Hughes gave up another solo shot to Ryan Doumit to make it 2-1 Twins. In the eighth, No. 9 hitter Pedro Florimon put the game out of reach with a two-run shot.
It is the same old Bronx story for Hughes. He looked good for most of the day, but the long ball did him in. He has allowed 18 on the season. At Yankee Stadium, he has given up 12.
Yes, the offense didn't do its job, but against this weak Twins lineup, it is the type of game you would like to see Hughes win once in a while.
NO OFFENSE: The Yankees can't score. They waste opportunities. Despite a pretty good record (51-43), they are a frustrating team to watch.
Case in point, after the Twins took the lead in the seventh, Travis Hafner, pinch-hitting, nailed a double. With one out and the tying run at second, the Yankees couldn't score as Austin Romine and Brett Gardner grounded out.
The Yankees remained behind by a run, then Hughes gave up another homer and they were down three, which for them is nearly insurmountable.
PUTTING ON THE HITS: Ichiro Suzuki's first inning double was the 3,970th hit of his professional career and 2,692nd of his MLB career. He came home on a Robinson Cano RBI single and the Yankees were up 1-0.
SOLID D: With a man on second and two out in the fourth, Plouffe hit a hard grounder toward the middle. Luis Cruz dove and made a solid play to save Hughes a run. A 39-year-old Derek Jeter might not have gotten to that ball.
DOUBLE WHAT? With two outs in the bottom of the fourth, Cruz came up with men on first and third. The light-hitting Cruz got behind 0-2 and the Yankees seemed to try a double steal. Zoilo Almonte ended up being thrown out by a mile at second, and Vernon Wells broke sort of late from third. However you describe it, it didn't work.
MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY: The Yankees wore camouflaged hats and numbers for Military Appreciation Day on Saturday.
REMEMBERING THE BOSS: The Yankees had a moment of silence for George Steinbrenner, who died three years ago.
ANNOUNCED CROWD: 40,301. There were a lot of empty seats.