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Updated: May 26th, 2010 5:24pm
Jeter's blast topples Twins

Jeter's blast topples Twins

by Tom Pelissero
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MINNEAPOLIS -- A game that took more than 22 hours to complete was decided with one blast.

Derek Jeter's solo home run in the sixth inning this afternoon lifted the New York Yankees to a 1-0 win over the Minnesota Twins in the completion of Tuesday's suspended game at Target Field.

The homer came on only the second at-bat of the day for the Yankees (27-18). After striking out Kevin Russo to resume the action, left-hander Brian Duensing threw a 1-1 changeup that Jeter planted an estimated 414 feet into the bullpen beyond the left-center field wall.

The Twins had chances to answer.

With runners at the corners and two outs in the bottom of the sixth, Jeter went deep in the hole to snare Delmon Young's ground ball and made an on-target throw on the run to beat him.

With two outs and a runner on first in the seventh, Orlando Hudson ripped a hard grounder right at Juan Miranda, who stopped it and stepped on first base for the out.

Young grounded out again -- this time to third -- with runners on first and second and two outs in the eighth, ending a threat that started with Joe Mauer's leadoff single.

And J.J. Hardy led off the ninth with a towering fly off Mariano Rivera that left fielder Kevin Russo caught on the warning track in the left-center. Pinch hitter Jim Thome drew a one-out walk before Denard Span grounded into a game-ending, 4-6-3 double play.

The Twins will try to knot the series in tonight's regularly scheduled game, which is slated to begin at 6:10 p.m. Francisco Liriano (4-3, 3.25 ERA) will start for the Twins against fellow left-hander Andy Pettitte (5-1, 2.86).

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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