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Twins surprise the Yankees in 4-0 win

From the Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Brand-new dad Glen Perkins pitched eight outstanding innings and light-hitting Adam Everett hit a two-run home run, lifting the Minnesota Twins to a 4-0 victory over the reeling New York Yankees on Monday night.

Perkins (9-3) gave up four hits and three walks and struck out four. He induced two inning-ending double plays and got a standing ovation when he left after the eighth.

Joe Nathan fanned Bobby Abreu, Alex Rodriguez and Xavier Nady in the ninth to complete the first shutout of the Yankees at the Metrodome since June 24, 1996.

It’s difficult to say which was more unlikely -- Perkins, 25, keeping the veteran Yankees hitters on ice less than 24 hours after being in the hospital with his wife for the birth of their second daughter, or Everett hitting his first homer since May 11. Either way, they helped the Twins extend the Yankees’ losing streak to a four games.

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“To be able to do that a day after having a baby is really special,” Perkins said. “You get a little bit extra when you’re in a situation like that.”


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