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Yankees Fail to Overcome 7-Run Deficit to Twins; Red Sox Lose

The New York Yankees failed to overcome a 7-0 deficit in the first two innings against the Minnesota Twins, yet stayed atop the American League East as the Boston Red Sox lost to the Kansas City Royals.

The Yankees, who lost 9-4 to the Twins last night at Target Field in Minneapolis, have a half-game lead over the Red Sox, who recorded a 9-4 loss.

The Twins jumped off to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a wild pitch by A.J. Burnett and Justin Morneau’s sacrifice fly. They followed with a five-run second inning, highlighted by Danny Valencia’s home run, added and two runs in the fifth.

Eduardo Nunez scored on a throwing error by second baseman Luke Hughes in the third, while Brett Gardner went home on Curtis Granderson’s ground-out and Jorge Posada scored on Francisco Cervelli’s single in the eighth. Andruw Jones ended the scoring with a home run in the ninth.

Burnett (9-10) lasted 1 2/3 innings, giving up five hits and seven runs while walking three. Francisco Liriano (9-9) allowed three hits and one run and struck out six in seven innings to get the win for the Twins.

At Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, the Red Sox took a 4-1 lead into the sixth inning before the Royals exploded for eight runs.

Tim Wakefield started for the Red Sox, giving up four runs on nine hits in 5 1/3 innings. Matt Albers (2-5) got the loss after surrendering three hits and five runs in one-third inning.

Felipe Paulino (2-5) pitched six innings for the Royals, allowing eight hits and four runs while striking out three batters.

The Yankees fell to 76-48, while the Red Sox are 76-49.

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