Story of the night, and (positive) story of the series, was the Twins starting pitching. Thursday night, it was Nick Blackburn's turn, and despite some middle-inning struggles, he gave the Twins seven innings, scattering 9 hits and allowing just 2 runs.
Meanwhile, the Twins offense did more than enough to win, plating three runs in the first two innings on a smattering of doubles, and adding two more runs off Yankees starter Javier Vazquez in the 5th and 6th, with an Orlando Hudson triple and a towering home run by Jason Kubel's Beard providing the key hits. The Beard of Understanding then broke the game open in the 7th, with a 2-out (!) 3-run (!! (two exclamation points because there was a runner in scoring position)) homer, giving him 5 RBI for the evening.
Nick Blackburn: holy crap, Nick Blackburn is 6-1.
Jason Kubel: duh.
Justin Morneau: another day, another extra base hit, sac fly, intentional walk and solid defense.
Joe Mauer: throwing error that helped put the Yankees on the board and another double play right to Jeter in the 8th. I actually feel guilty about calling Joe Mauer a dud, and hope He'll forgive me.