Yankees continue to struggle at the plate, fall to Twins

Garrett Cooper had three hits, including two doubles, and fellow rookie Clint Frazier also had two doubles for NY.

Chase Headley doubled with one out in the seventh against Duffy and scored on Cooper’s double into the corner in left, tying it at 2.

Monday night they did rally from a 2-0 deficit but ultimately wasted a solid spot start by Bryan Mitchell and rookie lefthander Caleb Smith, who eventually was tagged with the loss after allowing two runs in the eighth, which followed ideal sixth and seventh innings in which he struck out three.

Eduardo Escobar’s tiebreaking pinch single off left-hander Caleb Smith sparked a two-run rally in the bottom of the eighth and lifted the Twins to a 4-2 win over the New York Yankees at Target Field. They didn’t announce Bryan Mitchell as Monday’s starter until late Sunday night, and certainly didn’t get into Minneapolis until the early morning hours on Monday.

Miguel Sano followed with a hit to put two on with nobody out, then after Max Kepler struck out, Kennys Vargas singled in the tie-breaking run and Eddie Rosario followed with an RBI double.

Brian Dozier and Zack Granite led off the second inning with singles, and Mauer walked to load the bases. Judge caught the ball and fired a dart to Austin Romine, who nipped a sliding Dozier for a double play that had the Yankees’ dugout pumped.

Before the Yankees pulled even, the Twins were clinging to a 2-1 lead in which the go-ahead run was scored on a dropped throw at first base by Mitchell.

Mitchell’s only clean inning was the fifth, but he did well to hold the Twins to two runs and it would have been less if he avoided a fielding error that scored an unearned run in the third.

Hitting in the two hole for the first time, Frazier raised his 11-game average to.308 by going 2-for-4 with leadoff doubles in the sixth and eighth innings. He went 1-for-5 with 3 strikeouts on Saturday in his first game back from a short 10-day stint on the disabled list due to a lower back strain.

Pineda suffered a partial tear of his right UCL and may face the dreaded Tommy John surgery.

– The Yankees ended a streak of 18 innings without a run when Romine’s fifth-inning double made it a 2-1 game. He’s expected to be able to resume baseball activities on around September 1, but is no sure thing to return this season. First pitch tonight is at 7:10 p.m. on 790 KFGO. He has gone 8-0 with a 2.90 ERA, striking out 86 batters in 87 frames of work while allowing just 63 hits. LHP Jordan Montgomery (6-4) vs. TBA.