New York Yankees

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JUNE 08: Byron Buxton #25 of the Minnesota Twins celebrates his solo home run as he rounds the bases in the fifth inning of the game against the New York Yankees at Target Field on June 8, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the Yankees 8-1. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images)


For the first time in seemingly forever, starting pitcher Nestor Cortes underperformed on the mound for the Bronx Bombers, and the Yankees lost to the Twins 8-1.

Cortes lasted only 4.1 innings of work, allowing four runs (all earned) on seven hits to drop 5-2 on the season. His ERA remains impressive at 1.96.

Cortes fell into a hole in the fourth inning when Byron Buxton and Carlos Correa both singled. Two batters later ex-Yankee Gio Urshela drove in Buxton with the game’s first run on a base hit. Jose Miranda would follow with an infield single, scoring Correa to make it 2-0.

The Yankees would cut the lead in half on a sac fly by D.J. LeMahieu, but the Twins grabbed the momentum right back with back-to-back jacks by Ryan Jeffers and Buxton to push the Twins to a 4-1 lead. They would not look back.

The Yanks and Twins wrap up their three game series at 7:40 tonight.