Javier Vazquez was unable to build on two consecutive good starts, and the Yankees couldn’t complete the sweep against the Twins.

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Initial Reaction:

Vazquez got into trouble early, getting into some deep counts in the first couple innings, and it continued throughout the game. His 5 2/3 innings of work were pretty shaky. With all of the trouble Javy has had on the mound in his 2010 campaign, it’s going to take more than two good starts to get his performance back to where we (and he) expect it to be. But, seeing him regress after taking strides could be seen as a cause for concern. We’ll wait and see how/if he bounces back.

At the plate tonight, the Yankees were limited to two runs in seven innings by Twins starter Nick Blackburn. They weren’t able to generate any multiple-run innings, and of the Yankees’ 10 total hits, all but two were singles.

Positives From The Game:

If You Don’t Know By Now…: You will never know Robbie Cano. Entering the game 0-for-11 lifetime against Twins starter Nick Blackburn, Cano went 2-4 tonight with a double, and drove in the Yanks’ only two runs. He now has a hit in 10-straight games.

Breaking Out?: Stuck in a slump for almost two months now, Mark Teixeira collected two hits, one double, and showed some love with the glove with a couple stellar defensive plays.

Just Win, Baby: Even with the loss tonight, the Yankees still won two-of-three on the road against the AL Central-leading Twins. Winning a series on the road is something to love.

Negatives From The Game:

The Chan Ho Train: I’m hopping off – 0.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 BB. Season ERA: 8.71.

Javy: Vazquez was having difficulty with his control early and often, and consistently worked deep into counts. He allowed five runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings, and constantly served up lots of hard-hit balls. He was certainly lacking the confidence he had in his last two starts against the Tigers and Mets.

Top Of The First: The Yankees burst out of the gate to begin the game with singles from Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira, setting up first-and-third with one out – and Alex Rodriguez at the dish. A-Rod hit a weak grounder up the middle, killing what could have been a big first inning.

Interesting Facts:

The Yankees drew zero walks tonight.

In their last six games, the Yankees have averaged 2.5 runs per game.

August 13, 2008 was the last time the Yankees lost on the road against the Twins. They had won nine straight in Minnesota.

Four of the Yankees next five series are against last-place teams: Cleveland, Baltimore (twice) and Houston.

What’s Next?: The Yankees play a four-game set against the Cleveland Indians in the Bronx, starting with a battle of young power arms on Friday night.

Friday, May 28, YES Network, 7:05 PM: Fausto Carmona (4-2, 3.45 ERA) vs. Phil Hughes (5-1, 2.72)

Curtis Granderson, out with a groin injury since May 2, is expected to be back in centerfield tomorrow night.