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Game 19: Yankees at Orioles

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Apr 27, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (12-6)
Derek Jeter SS
Brett Gardner LF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Nick Swisher DH
Randy Winn RF

RHP Phil Hughes (2-0, 2.19)
Career vs. Orioles

ORIOLES (3-16)
Adam Jones CF
Nick Markakis RF
Matt Wieters C
Miguel Tejeda 3B
Luke Scott DH
Ty Wigginton 2B
Rhyne Hughes 1B
Nolan Reimold LF
Cesar Izturis SS

RHP Kevin Millwood (0-3, 3.38)
Career vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m./MY9

UMPIRES: HP Wally Bell, 1B Laz Diaz, 2B John Hirschbeck, 3B James Hoye

WEATHER: Light breeze that’s enough to make it feel much colder than 57 degrees. Temperatures are supposed to stay in the 50s through the game, with a very slight chance of rain (20 percent).

WINN’S IN: Randy Winn is a career .611 hitter with two home runs in 18 career at-bats against Orioles starter Kevin Millwood. He’s still looking for his first hit of the season, though he’s had only 10 at-bats. It took Mark Teixeira 18 at-bats to get his first hit, and that came more than two weeks ago.

MILESTONE WATCH: Derek Jeter needs one double to tie Don Mattingly for third place on the Yankees all-time list… Jorge Posada needs three home runs to reach 250 for his career… Mariano Rivera needs two strikeouts to tie Roger Clemens for 10th place on the Yankees all-time strikeouts list… Alex Rodriguez needs two stolen bases to reach 300 and he needs one home run to tie Frank Robinson for seventh place on baseball’s all-time list.

LOOKING TO CHANGE: Only three Orioles have more than five big league at-bats against Phil Hughes, and none has more than 14, so the sample size is small. But Nick Markakis, Adam Jones and Luke Scott — the three Orioles with the most ABs against Hughes — have hit .429, .500 and .571 against him. Markakis has 14 at-bats, Jones has eight and Scott has seven.

UPDATE, 7:44 p.m.: The Orioles haven’t been winning, but they’ve been getting pretty solid starting pitching, and Kevin Millwood looks pretty solid through two innings.

UPDATE, 7:52 p.m.: Bases loaded with one out here in the second. Big test for Hughes.

UPDATE, 7:54 p.m.: Hughes might have been squeezed on one of those pitches, but there’s really no reason to even come close to walking the No. 9 hitter in that situation. Hughes walks in a run and Mitre is now getting loose in the bullpen.

UPDATE, 7:56 p.m.: Hughes defense picks him up with a big double play to end the inning. Down 1-0 after two innings, Hughes has plenty of time to get this thing turned around.

UPDATE, 8:00 p.m.: There ya go. Randy Winn has a hit. Now everyone can go back to hating Javier Vazquez.

UPDATE, 8:08 p.m.: Gardner reaches first on an error and drives in the tying run in the process. Now the bases are loaded for Rodriguez with a chance to make this a big inning for the Yankees.

UPDATE, 8:10 p.m.: Well, Rodriguez crushed the ball, right into the glove of Miguel Tejeda.

UPDATE, 8:13 p.m.: Robinson Cano flies out of a ball that was clearly knocked down by the moon. The Yankees will settle for a 1-1 tie after two and a half.

UPDATE, 8:27 p.m.: I’ll admit it. I was among those who wondering if we might start to see a real age-related decline in Jorge Posada’s production. So far, that hasn’t been the case at all. The guy’s been crushing the ball, and his solo home run has just put the Yankees in front 2-1 here in the fourth.

UPDATE, 9:17 p.m.: Had some internet connection issues for a while, but I seem to be back online. Just when the Yankees seemed to get a break on that Nick Swisher infield single, Jorge Posada rounded too far around second — he seemed to be thinking about third if no one went to cover the bag — and the play ended the inning. Still a 2-1 lead with Hughes going back to the mound for the sixth. Boone Logan getting loose in the pen.

Yankees Orioles Baseball

UPDATE, 9:19 p.m.: Some wounded soldiers were guests of the Yankees for tonight’s game. Here’s an AP shot of Alex Rodriguez signing for Zach O’Brien.

UPDATE, 9:21 p.m.: Hughes exits after 5.2 innings to the sound of “Hugghhhhesss” from the Yankees fans behind the visiting dugout. It just feels like the start of a huge season for him. Even on a night like this, he got through 5.2 with only one run. Logan is in with Dave Robertson getting loose.

UPDATE, 9:31 p.m.: Well, Logan walked a guy and Robertson hit a guy, so things have gotten dicey. Then again, Robertson seems to be at his best when there’s a runner or two in scoring position.

UPDATE, 9:32 p.m.: Something clearly went wrong there. Not sure what happened to Winn, but that throw was just… weird. We’re now tied at 2.

UPDATE, 9:38 p.m.: Man, not a good night for Robertson. The Orioles have already taken a 4-2 lead, and they still have two on with two out. Plus the top of the order is up. Not good at all.

UPDATE, 10:01 p.m.: Another three-hit game for Cano.

UPDATE, 10:16 p.m.: Jorge Posada’s kicking the dirt after that single scored another Baltimore run. If not for his throwing error, the runner might not have been in a position to score. It’s 5-2.




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