Ryan Doumit has no House That Ruth Built illusions about his home run, no Reggie-sized ego about the blow. His sixth-inning line drive barely cleared the wall, plunked onto the front row of seats, and wasn’t far from the “314” foot sign on the foul pole. No tape-measure blast, this was more like a yardstick yank, a ball that would have been a double at Target Field. “That’s a single in Target Field,” corrected Doumit, who wears Roger Maris’ No. 9 but bears little other similarity, “and maybe an L-9 [lineout].” Didn’t matter. In Yankee Stadium, it’s a home run. Moreover, it’s one of the most desperately needed dingers of the Twins’ season. Doumit’s baby blast off Phil Hughes broke a 1-1 tie and propelled the Twins to their first win in a week, 4-1 over the Yankees. “It’s a big sigh of relief,” Doumit said after the Twins broke their six-game losing streak, winning for the second time in 14 games, and beat the Yankees for the first time in six games this season. “It’s a big weight, when you’re struggling like this. Everybody tries that much harder, every missed opportunity hurts that much more.” Which made Saturday’s U-turn feel like a shot of novocaine on an abcessed-tooth of a slump. It didn’t matter that the Twins only collected six hits. Didn’t matter that they let Robinson Cano hurt them again. Didn’t matter that Ron Gardenhire got ejected, that the Yankees lineup is missing its stars, or that Doumit’s home run, and perhaps Pedro Florimon’s, too, would have landed short of the seats at home. “We’ve got some music playing in here,” reliever Casey Fien marveled. “And we actually beat New York!” That’s not the feat it used to be, but for a team spiraling toward the All-Star break, for a franchise that’s now 5-13 in this billion-dollar replica of Yankee Stadium, there was no denying the psychic uplift that Samuel Deduno and a trio of home runs provided.
Deduno’s strong start and three home runs lead Twins over Yankees
St. Paul Pioneer Press | Jul 14