Granderson knocks three homers as Yanks edge Twins

Curtis Granderson clubbed three home runs in the first four innings, becoming the first Yankee to accomplish the feat since Alex Rodriguez in 2010, as New York held off Minnesota, 7-6.

Granderson finished with five hits and four runs batted in, while Mark Teixeira hit a two-run home run in support of Phil Hughes (1-2), who gave up six runs -- just two earned -- on six hits with four strikeouts and two walks over 5 1/3 frames. The Yankees split the four-game set behind 13 hits and Granderson's power show. Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth for his third save.

Ryan Doumit hit a two-run home run as part of a four-RBI night, but Anthony Swarzak (0-3) relinquished an early four-run lead, giving up six runs on eight hits over just 2 2/3 frames in defeat.