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Photo by Reese Strickland / USA TODAY New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner, front, hits a leadoff triple in the first inning of Friday’s game against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. The Yankees beat the Twins 6-5.

Yankees score early to beat Twins


MINNEAPOLIS — Early offensive fireworks turned into a battle of the bullpens as the New York Yankees scored six runs in the first two innings and held on for a 6-5 win over the Minnesota Twins on Friday at Target Field.

Second baseman Brian Roberts had four extra-base hits to lead the Yankees. The nine total bases were a career high for Roberts, a veteran of 1,401 games with the Yankees and Baltimore Orioles.

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