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Missed opportunities mounting for Yanks

The Yankees have lost their previous nine games against left-handed pitchers. And if they're not careful, this could be No. 10.

They had runners on first and second with no outs in the top of the third after a Brett Gardner walk and a Derek Jeter single to left. But Twins starter Francisco Liriano retired both Nick Swisher and Mark Teixeira on fly outs before Alex Rodriguez struck out on a nasty 88-mph slider.

Marcus Thames walked with two outs in the second inning, before Jorge Posada singled into the gap in right field. But Curtis Granderson grounded out sharply to first base to end the inning.

The Yanks are currently 0-for-4 with runners on scoring position and have left a total of four base runners on.

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