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Yankees pounded in series-opening loss to Twins

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  • Kyle Evans 

The New York Yankees (8-5) opened a four-game series with the Minnesota Twins (9-4) on Thursday night in the Bronx and got absolutely pounded. The Yankees gave up nine first-inning runs on their way to an 11-2 loss. 

Jhony Brito turned in his worst performance at the big-league level. The right-hander recorded just two outs and surrendered seven runs on six hits.

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Colten Brewer came on in relief and allowed four runs over 3 1/3 innings. Ian Hamilton fired three shutout frames. Jimmy Cordero and Isiah Kiner-Falefa tossed scoreless innings as well. 

Anthony Rizzo provided all the offense as he homered twice. He had three of the team’s four hits. Anthony Volpe had the other. 

The Yankees will try to bounce back and even the series on Friday with Nestor Cortes on the mound. The first pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m.