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Yankees defeat Twins 9-6

Gerrit Cole put his familiar spin on a tenacious win. The New York Yankees usually find their groove in Minnesota, after all. Cole got back on track with six sharp innings amid the hubbub around grip aids for pitchers, and Giancarlo Stanton hit two of New York’s four home runs to fuel a 9-6 victory Wednesday night over the Twins. Cole allowed solo homers to Jorge Polanco and Miguel Sanó among five hits without a walk. Polanco hit a two-run shot in a four-run ninth for the Twins, but Cole and the Yankees were in control from the start.

Aaron Judge and Miguel Andújar also took Twins starter Randy Dobnak (1-6) deep. Dobnak, surrendered career highs for runs (eight), homers (four) and walks (three) over 4 2/3 innings. He gave up 11 hits. Twins OF Kyle Garlick (sports hernia) became the 12th player on the team’s injured list before the game. Celestino was summoned again from across the river in Triple-A St. Paul to play CF in the all-rookie outfield. Later, Nick Gordon became the seventh player to appear in CF this season for Minnesota. ... Byron Buxton, who’s close to returning to CF after more than a month away due to a strained right hip, was scratched from the St. Paul lineup as a post-rain delay precaution. UP NEXT RHP Michael King (0-3, 3.62 ERA) takes the mound Thursday as the Yankees try to complete their third sweep of the season. They’ll face a former teammate in LHP J.A. Happ (3-2, 5.61) today on the FAN at FM 100.3.

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