New York Yankees defeat Minnesota Twins, 6-4

MINNEAPOLIS - There's no debate who the Yankees' eighth-inning pitcher is these days, and it's no coincidence that since he took over that role, the Bombers' bullpen has been as strong as it's been in recent memory.

Phil Hughes had another impressive outing Thursday in a 6-4 win over the Twins - the Yanks' eighth straight road triumph, which capped a seven-game season sweep of Minnesota - leading the bullpen on a day when five pitchers combined for 5-2/3 scoreless innin...

The Yankees are the hottest team in baseball, so hot that even their missteps don't trip them up these days. Case in point: it never seemed to make sense pulling Alfredo Aceves out of the bullpen to start against the Twins Thursday, and it surely didn't pay off, yet the Yankees got away with it.

At least for now, anyway.

We'll see if there's a price to pay in Anaheim against the Angels this weekend with a bullpen that has been compromised by the Aceves start. After a...