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Yankees cruise past Twins 9-5 for series sweep

Yankees teammates Zoilo Almonte, left, and Travis Hafner

Yankees teammates Zoilo Almonte, left, and Travis Hafner score on a two-run double by Vernon Wells against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning. (July 4, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

MINNEAPOLIS -- Vernon Wells drove in three runs, and the New York Yankees pounded rookie Kyle Gibson and the Minnesota Twins 9-5 on Thursday to finish a four-game sweep.

Travis Hafner had three hits and scored twice, and Ichiro Suzuki had a two-run triple among his three hits for the Yankees, who scored 29 runs in the series.

Justin Morneau homered twice for the Twins, one-third of his season total. But Gibson (1-1) gave up 11 hits, a walk, a hit by pitch and eight runs in 5 1-3 innings in his second start.

David Phelps (6-5) surrendered Morneau's first homer and three more runs in the seventh, when he left with one out.

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