Hughes will look to end a career-worst five-game home slide and outduel Samuel Deduno for the second time this month Saturday.
New York (51-42) is 9-8 in its last 17 games, with the majority of its victories in that span against Minnesota. The Yankees swept four on the road from the Twins (37-53) from July 1-4.
Hughes (4-8, 4.55 ERA) earned a 7-3 victory July 2 as he yielded one run over seven innings to improve to 4-1 with a 2.33 ERA in six career starts against Minnesota, including one playoff outing.
Deduno (4-4, 3.90) will oppose Hughes once again after giving up three runs in six innings in his second career start against the Yankees. He exited the first one Sept. 26 after recording five outs due to irritation in his left eye.
Hughes, meanwhile, has posted an 8.22 ERA in losing his last five starts in the Bronx. He gave up two runs over four innings Monday in an outing cut short by a rain delay - a 5-1 home defeat to Kansas City.
The right-hander, who went 11-4 with a 3.74 ERA at home in 2012, has fared well against Twins stars Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau . Including the postseason, Mauer is 5 for 20 against him and Morneau 2 for 13.
Deduno is 1-3 with a 5.40 ERA in five road outings compared to 3-1 with a 2.33 mark at home. The right-hander seeks to avoid losing three straight starts for the first time after giving up five runs and a season-high 10 hits over six-plus innings Monday in a 7-4 loss at Tampa Bay.
Minnesota fell to 7-31 at New York since 2002 with a 2-0 loss Friday to open this three-game set.
The punchless Twins have dropped six straight and 12 of 13, and are averaging 3.0 runs in July for the AL's worst mark. They were hitless in 12 at-bats with runners in scoring position Friday."We had opportunities and we put men out there just didn't come up with any big hits again, kinda what our storyline's been," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Get them out there and missed opportunities."
Robinson Cano had an RBI single in a two-run fifth inning. He's 8 for 17 with three homers and 10 RBIs in the season series and 1 for 4 in his career against Deduno - his teammate with the title-winning Dominican Republic at the World Baseball Classic this year.
Mauer and Morneau have done minimal damage by combining for five RBIs in the five meetings.
The injury-plagued Yankees decided Friday that Derek Jeter would not play the rest of the weekend after the shortstop strained his right quadriceps in his third at-bat Thursday in his season debut.
New York has also played its last two games without Travis Hafner , who is out with a left foot contusion although there's a chance he could see action Saturday."This group has been pretty good about moving on," manager Joe Girardi said.
|July 01, 2013||Josh Willingham||15-Day DL||Medial meniscus tear, left knee|
|July 01, 2013||Josh Willingham||Day-to-Day||Left knee soreness|
|June 19, 2013||Mike Pelfrey||15-Day DL||Back strain|
|June 19, 2013||Mike Pelfrey||15-Day DL||Back strain|
|June 11, 2013||Jared Burton||Day-to-Day||Groin injury|
|June 10, 2013||Aaron Hicks||15-Day DL||Left hamstring strain|
|New York Yankees|
|July 12, 2013||Derek Jeter||Day-to-Day||Strained right quad|
|July 10, 2013||Brett Gardner||Day-to-Day||Left game - Right leg contusion|
|July 10, 2013||Travis Hafner||Day-to-Day||Left game - Left foot contusion|
|July 05, 2013||David Phelps||15-Day DL||Right forearm strain|
|July 02, 2013||Hiroki Kuroda||Day-to-Day||Sore left hip flexor|
|July 02, 2013||Jayson Nix||15-Day DL||Strained right hamstring|
NEW YORK (AP) -- The slumping Twins caught a couple of breaks and took advantage of that short porch in right field. Not at all what they're accustomed to when visiting Yankee Stadium.
Samuel Deduno pitched seven impressive innings and Minnesota finally figured out a way to beat the New York Yankees , hitting three home runs off Phil Hughes in a 4-1 win Saturday.
Trevor Plouffe , Ryan Doumit and Pedro Florimon connected against Hughes - all on 2-2 pitches with one out. 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.
"It's a big sigh of relief," Doumit said. "This has been a tough road trip, no doubt."
Beaten by Hughes earlier this month, Deduno (5-4) scattered six hits in his first start at Yankee Stadium. He struck out three, walked three and matched the longest outing of his career.
Casey Fien pitched a scoreless eighth - with help from his shortstop. Florimon saved the reliever from a throwing error on a comebacker with nobody out.
All-Star closer Glen Perkins , making his first appearance in a week, got three outs for his 21st save in 23 chances.
"Exciting baseball game," said Twins manager Ron Gardenhire , ejected in the eighth for arguing a call at first base. "That was needed. It's been a tough go here to get a win, so to see the guys smile again is very exciting."
The Yankees, who swept four games in Minnesota from July 1-4, had won three straight and nine of 12.
Hughes (4-9) tied a career high with 10 strikeouts in 7 1-3 innings but gave up three homers in a game for the second time this season. He has allowed 18 long balls in as many starts.
"I thought it was some of the better stuff he's had all year," manager Joe Girardi said. "I think he threw the ball exceptionally well except for a few mistakes."
About 13 hours after the Yankees finished a rain-delayed shutout Friday night, the teams were back on the field.
New York jumped on top in the first inning when Ichiro Suzuki doubled and scored on Robinson Cano 's single. Deduno got Vernon Wells to ground into an inning-ending double play and settled in from there.
The right-hander, who pitched the Dominican Republic to the World Baseball Classic championship in March, received some help when Doumit caught Zoilo Almonte stealing second with a runner on third to end the fourth. Deduno struck out Suzuki with two on to finish the fifth and worked around a one-out double in the seventh.
"Everything was around the plate and everything was working today," Deduno said.
Plouffe tied it in the second on a long drive to left-center and Doumit put the Twins ahead in the seventh with a line drive to right.
"That's a single at Target Field. It might be an L-9," Doumit said, referring to Minnesota's pitcher-friendly home. "This is a great place to hit."
Gardenhire was tossed by plate umpire Vic Carapazza in the eighth after Clete Thomas and was called out for interference when Hughes' throw to first hit him in the back and bounced away. Aaron Hicks , who opened the inning with a bunt single, was sent back to first base.
Florimon followed with his fifth home run, a high fly that cleared the short porch in right to make it 4-1.
"It's frustrating," Hughes said. "I've felt good with my stuff over the last three or four starts. There's just one or two mistakes that I have to stay away from. I have a straight fastball, a four-seamer, that when I miss over the plate with it, it leads to fly balls. I just have to concentrate on location, and it comes down to execution."
NOTES: After the game, the Twins optioned RHP Michael Tonkin to Triple-A Rochester to make room for LHP Caleb Thielbar , who will be reinstated from the bereavement list Sunday. ... It was Gardenhire's 65th ejection as a manager and third this season. ... Rookie OF Oswaldo Arcia , who has struck out in 11 of his last 13 at-bats, was rested by the Twins. Arcia whiffed all four times up Friday night and is hitless in his last 20 at-bats. "He's swinging at some cartoon breaking balls. He's swinging three times at one pitch and he's not hitting any of them," said Gardenhire, who deemed it best to give Arcia a breather. "He's got the starry eyes right now. He's overwhelmed right now." ... Joe Mauer had two hits as the DH and Doumit started behind the plate. ... LHP CC Sabathia (9-7, 3.99 ERA) pitches New York's final game before the All-Star break Sunday against Twins RHP Kyle Gibson (1-2, 7.27), who will make his fourth big league start. Sabathia is 11-0 with a 2.01 ERA in his last 12 starts against Minnesota, including the postseason, since Aug. 3, 2007.