Bird's two homers lift Yankees over Twins

Wed Aug 19, 2015 6:55pm EDT
 
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(The Sports Xchange) - Rookie first baseman Greg Bird hit two, two-run home runs while right-hander Nathan Eovaldi took a perfect game into the sixth inning as the New York Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins 4-3 on Wednesday.

Bird became the third Yankee since 1914 with a multi-home-run game within his first five major-league games.

"It was a good day," said Bird, who is filling in for the injured Mark Teixeira. "We're just trying to win games here.

"Anything I can do to help. That's all I'm trying to do, nothing more, nothing less."

Bird's performance helped the Yankees win for the sixth time in seven games since last Thursday after he was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and made his debut in an 8-6 win at Cleveland.

Bird connected on a 0-1 changeup off Ervin Santana (2-4) in the fourth inning and sent it to the second deck in right field.

Two innings later, Bird drove a 1-0 fastball into the Yankees' bullpen beyond the center field wall.

The second home run earned the 22-year-old a curtain call from the 38,086 fans at Yankee Stadium after he was urged out off the dugout by right fielder Carlos Beltran.

Bird's first career home run was actually a subplot at the time because Eovaldi (13-2) retired the first 12 hitters on 56 pitches.   Continued...

 
Aug 19, 2015; Bronx, NY, USA;  New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (31) waves to fans after hitting his second two run homer of the game against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports