Blackburn, Hughes each sharp, Twins beat Yankees


FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Nick Blackburn pitched three scoreless innings and the Minnesota Twins hit three home runs Sunday to beat a New York Yankees split squad 5-1.

Blackburn gave up three hits without a walk.

Danny Valencia, Joe Benson and Mike Holliman homered for the Twins. Minnesota had hit just three home runs in its first nine exhibition games.

Yankees starter Phil Hughes threw three shutout innings and allowed only one hit. Manager Joe Girardi made the long ride to Fort Myers, rather than staying in Tampa to watch CC Sabathia and the other split squad face Philadelphia, and Hughes made it worth his time.