Oct 9, 2010, 9:49 PM EDT
Brian Duensing is 12-3 with a 2.93 ERA in 22 career regular season starts, including 7-2 with a 3.05 ERA in 13 starts after moving from the bullpen to the rotation in mid-July of this year, but the Yankees had little trouble knocking the 27-year-old left-hander around tonight.
Duensing failed to make it out of the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium, leaving with a runner on first base and one out in the third inning after allowing eight of the 17 batters he faced to reach base.
That damage including a wall-banging triple to center field by Robinson Cano and a two-run blast by Marcus Thames, and Yankees hitters didn’t swing and miss on a single Duensing pitch. Matt Guerrier allowed the runner on first base to score after coming on in relief of Duensing, putting the Twins in a 5-0 hole and on the brink of elimination.