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05/27/10 1:32 AM ET

Twins look for answers against Yanks

With some players hurting physically and other just hurting in the batter's box, the Yankees have been less the Bronx Bombers lately than the Bronx Hurlers.

Call them what you want -- they keep calling out the Twins.

On Wednesday, four runs sufficed for New York to take both ends of a "doubleheader" created by the completion of the suspension of Tuesday's game after five scoreless innings. That's all the Yankees needed to post back-to-back wins for the first time since May 14-15 -- in New York, naturally over the Twins, whom they've beaten 11 out of their past 12 regular-season meetings.

Out to chase away that black cloud on Thursday night will be Nick Blackburn, whose four straight wins included Minnesota's lone score over the Yankees.

The Twins have won seven of Blackburn's eight starts, which was tied for the best in the American League until Wednesday night -- when the Yankees went to 8-1 in Andy Pettitte's starts.

Blackburn's mound foe will be Javier Vazquez, who has engineered a strange and swift turnaround since the early-May day manager Joe Girardi winced at his 9.78 ERA and declared, "Anyone can turn it around. You always have the ability to rewrite the script."

Vazquez has won twice since CC Sabathia's last victory. The strange part -- he came out of the bullpen on May 17 and threw one pitch to pick up a victory in a slugfest against the Red Sox, and perhaps the relief brought by that allowed Vazquez to pitch six innings of one-hit ball on Friday against the Mets.

Relaxed by his recent success and no longer pressing may enable Vazquez to consistently pitch to the considerable abilities Yankees fans haven't yet seen regularly.

Minnesota first baseman Justin Morneau can quickly spin Vazquez back into funk-mode if he comes up in a key spot of another tight game: Morneau is a career .350 hitter against the right-hander, with six home runs among his 14 hits off him.

The Yankees don't expect Thursday's outing to be a problem for Vazquez, who had to leave the start against the Mets upon sustaining a bruise to his right index finger while bunting.

Yankees: Injury news mixed
Alfredo Aceves was examined in New York on Wednesday by team physician Christopher Ahmad after feeling discomfort in his back during some light throwing on Tuesday in Tampa, Fla., and there is no timetable for his return. Aceves has been an invaluable, if somewhat overlooked, member of the Yankees' bullpen, with his amazing 15-1 record since 2008. ... Outfielder Curtis Granderson, on the disabled list with a strained left groin muscle, is due to play one more rehab game at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday, then rejoin the club for Friday's homestand opener against the Indians.

Twins: Homer oddities
Derek Jeter's sixth-inning game-winner in Wednesday's early game was the first homer allowed by left-hander Brian Duensing this season after 16 2/3 innings. ... Although having to settle for a no-decision in the regularly scheduled game, Francisco Liriano at least had the satisfaction of keeping the Yankees inside Target Field, where he has yet to surrender a home run in 28 innings.

Worth noting
The Yanks' victory in Wednesday's early game was this season's 10th 1-0 game in the Major Leagues. The San Diego Padres have been involved in four such contests, winning three.

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