|McCann: 3-5, HR, 5RBI|
In the opener of a three-game series, the Yankees won a thriller Monday in New York, defeating the visiting Twins, 8-7, in 10 innings.
Catcher Brian McCann was a one-man wrecking crew, going 3-for-5 with five RBI, including a three-run homer in the first inning and a double in the 10th that put runners at second and third with nobody out and set the stage for an intentional walk to Carlos Beltran and the winning run scoring on a Chase Headley ground out.
The win kept the Yankees in first place in the AL East, improving their lead to one game over second place Toronto. Third place belongs to the Orioles, who are four games back after completing a four-game sweep of the Oakland A's with a 4-2 win.
Game two of the series between the Yanks and Twins is slated for Tuesday at 7:05 pm EDT at Yankee Stadium.
Continuing to hang onto hopes of making the post-season, the Arizona Diamondbacks opened an important series at Pittsburgh with a 4-1 triumph over the Pirates.
Starting pitcher, Jeremy Hellickson, made the grade both from the mound and at the plate, improving to 9-8 on the year by holding Pittsburgh to three hits and one earned run over 5 1/3 innings and driving in a run with a third-inning single.
Arizona's win left them 8 1/2 games behind the Dodgers in the West and 9 1/2 behind the Cubs for the second wild card slot. Holding onto the first wild card spot, Pittsburgh saw their edge over the idle Cubs (winners of nine of their last ten games) diminish to just two games
Arizona faces Pittsburgh in game two of the three-game series Tuesday at 7:05 pm EDT.