New York Yankees Lose Pitcher to Liner to Face, Beat Minnesota Twins in 10th
NEW YORK (AP) — Chase Headley hit a bases-loaded grounder in the 10th inning that Minnesota's five-man infield bobbled and the New York Yankees, after losing starting pitcher Bryan Mitchell to a line drive to the face, beat the Twins 8-7 Monday night.
Mitchell was struck Monday night in the second inning by a liner off the bat of Eduardo Nunez of the Minnesota Twins.
The 24-year-old righty was knocked down at Yankee Stadium, and the ball caromed into center field for a single. The Yankees and their medical staff quickly rushed to the mound.
Mitchell was on his knees for over a minute, then two trainers flanked him as he walked off. Mitchell needed help getting down the dugout steps because the towel was covering his face.
Nunez, players on the both teams and the crowd applauded as Mitchell exited his third major league start.
There was no immediate word about his condition. Rookie Caleb Cotham came in to relieve Mitchell.
Brian McCann homered, drove in five runs and sliced a double off left fielder Eddie Rosario's glove in the 10th that set up the winning misplay. The catcher also threw out three runners trying to steal.
Andrew Miller (1-2) got the victory as the AL East-leading Yankees started off a season-high 10-game homestand with their third win in four games.
The Twins, contending for a wild card, lost to begin a 10-game trip that will later take them to Baltimore and Tampa Bay.
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