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New York Yankees’ Brian Roberts is tagged out at home plate by Minnesota Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki during the sixth inning Friday. USA Today Sports

Arcia's arm, bat carry Twins past Yankees

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NEW YORK – The last time the Minnesota Twins were at Yankee Stadium on July 13, right fielder Oswaldo Arcia was struggling so much that his lack of contact led to a demotion so he could find his swing again.

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Ten months after a stretch of 15 strikeouts in 17 at-bats led to a demotion, Arcia showcased his bat and arm by hitting a solo home run and making two pivotal throws from right field in the middle innings that helped the Twins to a

6-1 victory over the New York Yankees on Friday night.

Arcia hit his second home run since being recalled from a minor league stint that also saw him spend extra time recovering from a sprained right wrist. He batted .312 in 22 games for Triple-A Rochester, and since returning he has nine hits in 21 at-bats.

“I think he had struck out 15 times in a row, it really wasn’t that hard of a decision,” Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. “At the time he was really scuffling and not hitting the ball, I mean literally not hitting the ball, striking out. So it was time for him to take a breather, go take a step back and get his swing.

“We really have high hopes for this guy. We like him an awful lot and you saw that tonight what he can do, and he’s come back after this injury swinging very well and hopefully it will continue. He’s a fun baseball player.

Arcia extended his hitting streak to seven games when he hit his second home run in the second inning, which was one of a season-high three home runs for the Twins. It also marked the fifth straight game that he has hit safely in since returning from the minor leagues Monday.

Arcia’s most important contribution on Minnesota’s third straight win at New York came after a solo home run by Josh Willingham and a two-run shot by Trevor Plouffe staked the Twins to a 4-1 lead through four innings.

With one out in the fifth, Arcia helped start a rundown for the second out. He fielded a single by New York’s Derek Jeter and made a strong throw to catcher Kurt Suzuki, who spotted Brett Gardner overrunning third base and finished off the play by throwing to Plouffe as Jeter headed to third.

“It was big,” Minnesota starter Ricky Nolasco said. “Obviously you get the out and get out of the inning rather than face bases loaded two outs. So it was big for the team.”

“He made some nice plays, some very accurate throws,” Gardenhire said. “When he doesn’t try to overthrow it, he does really well there.”

An inning later the Yankees first and second after Mark Teixeira drew his third walk and Ichiro Suzuki had an infield single. They appeared to have a rally going when rookie Yangervis Solarte singled to right but Arcia made a strong one-hop throw and Teixeira was easily tagged out.

MIN ab r h bi NYY ab r h bi

Santana cf 2 0 1 0 Gardner lf 4 1 1 0

Hicks pr 2 0 0 0 Jeter ss 4 0 1 0

Dozier 2b 5 0 0 0 Ellsbry cf 4 0 1 1

Mauer 1b 5 1 1 0 Tixira 1b 1 0 0 0

Wllnghm lf 4 1 1 1 McCann dh 4 0 1 0

Arcia rf 4 2 2 1 Roberts 2b 4 0 1 0

Plouffe 3b 3 2 1 2 Suzuki rf 3 0 1 0

Suzuki c 4 0 2 1 Soriano ph 1 0 0 0

Nunez dh 4 0 1 1 Solarte 3b 4 0 2 0

Escobar ss 4 0 1 0 Murphy c 4 0 1 0

Totals 37 6 10 6 Totals 33 1 9 1

Minnesota 010 300 020 — 6

NY Yankees 001 000 000 — 1

LOB—New York 9, Minnesota 6. 2B—Ellsbury (13), D.Santana (4), Solarte (11). HR—Arcia (2), Plouffe (5), Willingham (2). SB—Gardner 2 (13), D.Santana (2). CS—Roberts (2).

IP H R ER BB SO

Minnesota

Nolasco W, 3-5 6 7 1 1 4 3

Thielbar H, 3 1 0 0 0 0 0

Fien 1 1 0 0 0 2

Perkins 1 1 0 0 0 2

NY Yankees

Nuno L, 1-2 6 X\c 7 4 4 0 6

Claiborne 1 Z\c 3 2 2 2 3

Daley 1 0 0 0 0 1

Umpires—Home, Tony Randazzo; First, Jim Wolf; Second, Brian Gorman; Third, David Rackley.

T—3:4. A—42,245 (52,325)

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