Bird put the Yankees on the board in the fourth inning with his first big league homer, a two-run shot off Ervin Santana. And with the Yankees down a run in the sixth, Bird crushed Santana's pitch into the right field bullpen for his second two-run homer of the game.
Nathan Eovaldi came out strong for the Yankees, firing off 5 1/3 perfect innings before Minnesota even recorded a hit. But not long after the Twins got their first hit, things began to unravel a bit for Eovaldi.
Joe Mauer drove in a pair with a single to center field, tying the game at two apiece. Trevor Plouffe gave the Twins a brief lead with an RBI infield single.
After all was said and done, Eovaldi went seven innings, allowed three runs on four hits and struck out eight. He finished with 120 pitches, reaching 101 mph on his final one of the day.
Chasen Shreve worked around a single and wild pitch, striking out two in a scoreless eighth inning. Dellin Betances closed out the ninth with a 1-2-3 inning for his eighth save of the season.
The Yankees will begin a four-game series with the Indians at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night.
Ivan Nova (5-4, 3.57 ERA) gets the start for the Yankees and will face off with RHP Josh Tomlin (0-1, 2.84 ERA) at 7:05 p.m. ET.