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RHP Mariano Rivera earned his 27th save of the season and 635th of his career. It was his 34th career save against the Twins, it was his 26th career save of one-third of an inning. Rivera, who is retiring after the season, was honored by the Twins before the game. They gave him a chair made of broken bats called the "Chair of Broken Dreams."
3B Alex Rodriguez, who is working his way back from surgery on his left hip performed in January, went 0-for-2 Tuesday for low Class A Charleston during his first rehab game. Rodriguez played three innings before being lifted as scheduled.
LHP CC Sabathia, who starts Wednesday at Minnesota, carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning Friday at Baltimore but blew a three-run lead, losing 4-3. His fastball, slider and changeup all looked sharp, and Sabathia said he doesn't feel far from his peak form. In 221 innings against the Twins, Sabathia has a 16-8 record with a 2.97 ERA. If he is looking to get healthy, the Twins are often the best remedy for him.
1B Mark Teixeira had season-ending surgery Tuesday to repair a torn tendon sheath in his right wrist. He originally suffered the injury in March and never fully healed. Teixeira ends the year with a .151/.270/.340 hitting line, with three homers and 12 RBIs in 15 games.
2B Robinson Cano (2-for-4) hit his 20th home run of the season, a three-run shot in the seventh inning off RHP Anthony Swarzak. He's homered in three straight games for the first time since Aug. 17-19, 2010 (all vs. Detroit). For the first time in his career, he has four home runs in a three-game span.
RHP Phil Hughes allowed just one run on six hits and two walks while striking out three in seven innings Tuesday. The win snaps his three-game losing streak. Hughes is now 19-10 with a 3.55 ERA in 41 appearances, 32 starts, against the American League Central in his career. The .655 win percentage and 3.55 ERA are the best marks against any division in his career (minimum 20 starts).
SS Alberto Gonzalez (2-for-4) drove in two runs with a double in the fifth inning to put the Yankees up 2-1. It was his first hit in his last four games, snapping an 0-for-14 skid. His three RBIs on the night exceed his season total coming into the game (two). The three RBIs also tied his career-high, done four other times, most recently July 30, 2011, vs. Colorado as a member of the Padres.
RHP Hiroki Kuroda's left hip flexor was a little sore following his Sunday start, so the team sent him back to New York for an MRI, which came out clean. "We will not start him on Friday though," manager Joe Girardi said. "We will put (RHP Ivan) Nova in that spot. We will re-evaluate him on Friday and see where we decide to slot him then."