The Yankees racked up 15 hits, including three home runs, to beat the Twins 10-7 on Wednesday at Target Field. >> Box score
Five takeaways from Wednesday's game...
1) Didi Gregorius stayed red hot on Wednesday. A night after he notched five hits and drove in seven, Gregorius doubled in Edwin Encarnacion in the second inning, scoring the Yankees' first run, and later followed it up with a triple in the fourth, scoring Aaron Judge and Aaron Hicks, pushing the Yankees' lead to 9-3. He finished the night 3-5 at the plate with 3 RBI.
2) Hicks continues to haunt his former team, slamming his 12th home run of the season in the third inning off of Jake Odorizzi. One night after his game-saving catch, Hicks went 2-5 with two RBI and two runs scored.
3) J.A. Happ's inconsistencies on the mound continued on Wednesday. Facing a potent Twins' lineup, Happ went just 3.1 innings, allowing six earned runs on six hits, including a pair of home runs. Happ has not pitched out of the sixth inning since June 6. The lefty struggled with his command at times as well, throwing 45 of his 74 pitches for strikes.
4) Encarnacion slammed his 30th home run of the season in the top of the ninth inning, extending the Yankees' lead to 10-7. Encarnacion has now hit at least 30 homers in each of his last eight seasons. He fouled a ball off the top of his foot/lower leg earlier in the at-bat, but finished it with a bang.
5) Mike Tauchman has been known more for his defense in the early stages of his career, but he added two more hits on Wednesday, driving in a pair and scoring a run as well.
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The Yankees travel to Fenway Park for a four-game series against the Red Sox beginning Thursday. Masahiro Tanaka (7-5, 4.00 ERA) will take on Rick Porcello (8-7. 5.61 ERA) in the opener at 7:10 p.m.