Ellsbury hitless in return, Yankees lose 5-2 to Twins

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Jacoby Ellsbury was hitless in three at-bats after missing a week with a right wrist injury as the New York Yankees lost 5-2 to the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.

Ellsbury was hit by a 90 mph pitch by Atlanta's Julio Teheran on March 19. The center fielder hit two grounders and popped out, and played six innings in the field.

Brett Gardner hit a solo homer off Phil Hughes, who allowed one run, three hits, one walk and had one strikeout in six innings against what could the Yankees' normal regular-season lineup. Hughes will start the Twins' third regular-season game April 7 at Baltimore.

Nathan Eovaldi gave up five runs and seven hits over 5 1-3 innings for the Yankees. He struck out five and walked two.

Danny Santana had three hits, including a pair of run-scoring doubles off Eovaldi. The second RBI hit came during a four-run sixth that put the Twins ahead 5-1.