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Game: 1
Venue: Yankee Stadium
Date: April 16, 2012 7:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) - Freddy Garcia looked as if he was following Carl Pavano's lead and was settling down after a shaky first inning.

He just couldn't keep up.

Garcia failed to get out of the sixth inning while Pavano shut down the New York Yankees for seven, leading the Minnesota Twins to a 7-3 victory Monday night that snapped a three-game skid.


``I was not really making the pitches I needed to make,' Garcia said.

Garcia gave up two runs in the first then retired 11 in a row before Alexi Casilla hit a one-out double in the fifth. After getting a second out, he gave up a run-scoring single to Jamey Carroll and an RBI double to Joe Mauer that gave the Twins a 4-3 lead.

``Really disappointed, when you have two outs you have to make a better pitch. I was 0-2 to Mauer (fifth inning), I should have thrown a better pitch,' Garcia said. ``You got to put it away, no matter what.'

Pavano, on the other hand, quieted an unfriendly Yankee Stadium crowd after allowing back-to-back homers to Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson to start the first and an RBI single to Mark Teixeira.

The Twins won for just the sixth time in 34 regular-season games in the Bronx since Ron Gardenhire took over as manager in 2002. They were also swept by the Yankees in 2009 and `10 playoffs.

``It's a new season,' Gardenhire said. ``We're 1-0 at Yankee Stadium.'

In just his second outing in New York since an injury-wrecked four years with the Yankees ended after the 2008 season, Pavano (1-1) gave up three runs and seven hits. He struck out six and walked one.

``Carl has always been a good pitcher,' Jeter said. ``When he's healthy, he pitches well.'

Yankees fans showed they can hold a grudge. They were relentless with their boos when Pavano was introduced before the game. After a rocky first, Pavano mostly hushed the Yankees' bats.

``For him to come out in a hostile environment then go out and pitch the way he did, I was real proud of him,' Twins catcher Ryan Doumit said.

Gardenhire tried generating some offense by splitting his lefty-hitting M&M boys in the lineup for the first time since April 2008, according to STATS LLC. Mauer hit third as the designated hitter and Morneau moved down to fifth and played first base with Josh Willingham taking over the cleanup spot. Morneau had been the DH in the Twins first nine games as he is being brought back slowly from injuries, including a concussion that limited him to 69 games last year.

The adjustment worked right off the bat with Willingham driving in Mauer with a single in the first. In fact, the Twins had five straight hits after Garcia (0-1) struck out Denard Span looking to start the game.

Mauer doubled after Carroll singled and was caught stealing. Morneau followed Willingham with a single and Doumit had an RBI hit to make it 2-0.

Mauer had three hits, including two doubles, and every position player had a hit in a tweaked Minnesota lineup.

Pavano gave it right back.

Jeter learned earlier Monday that he was being given an honorary doctorate from Siena, a college in Loudonville, N.Y., then homered - his third - leading off. Granderson followed Jeter's drive with another into the right-field seats for the Yankees' first consecutive homers to start a game since September 2005, when Jeter and Robinson Cano did it.

Jeter didn't hit his third home run last year until July 9, when he connected for his 3,000th hit.

Alex Rodriguez then beat out an infield hit and advanced to second on third baseman Danny Valencia's errant throw. He scored on Mark Teixeira's single for a 3-2 lead.

Morneau led off the sixth with a drive into the Yankees bullpen for a 5-3 lead.

While he had better control in this start after a five wild-pitch performance in his first outing, Garcia gave up nine hits and five runs. He struck out five without walking a batter.

With Andy Pettitte working his way back from retirement and Michael Pineda rehabbing his shoulder, Garcia could be losing his grip on a rotation spot. Manager Joe Girardi said the Yankees would not use a six-man rotation, which means changes could be coming in early- to mid-May.

NOTES: Granderson raced into the left-center field gap to make a sensational catch on a drive by Morneau. ... Plate umpire Gerry Davis was hit on the hand by a shard of Morneau's bat on a groundout in the fourth inning. Davis was treated for several minutes but remained in the game. Morneau looked back toward home plate as he ran down the first base line after the bat shattered. ... Twins LHP Glen Perkins had an MRI exam that showed some tenderness in his forearm. He will remain back in Minnesota for two more days before deciding if any further action is needed. ... Jeter's leadoff homer was his 26th, extending his Yankees record.

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