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Game 21: Yankees at Orioles

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YANKEES (13-7)
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Marcus Thames DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Francisco Cervelli C
Brett Gardner LF

RHP A.J. Burnett (2-0, 3.20)
Career vs. Orioles [2]

ORIOLES (4-17)
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

LHP Brian Matusz (2-0, 4.38)
Career vs. Yankees [3]

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m./YES Network

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

WEATHER: So far this is the nicest night of the three-game series. There’s almost no wind and it actually feels really nice here in Baltimore. I’m sure it will be cold by the fifth inning, but right now it’s terrific.

GREAT SCOTT: The Orioles hitter with the best career numbers against A.J. Burnett? That would be Luke Scott, who has a .400 average, two doubles and two home runs in 15 a-bats. Adam Jones has eight strikeouts in 22 at-bats against the Yankees starter.

SECOND CHANCE: Orioles starter Brian Matusz faced the Yankees in one start last September. Matusz went seven strong innings for the win. The Yankees lineup that day: SS Derek Jeter, LF Jerry Hairston, 1B Mark Teixeira, 3B Alex Rodriguez, RF Nick Swisher, 2B Robinson Cano, DH Shelley Duncan, CF Melky Cabrera, C Jose Molina. Burnett also started that game, with Josh Towers pitching two innings of relief.

ON THE RUN: The Yankees are tied for sixth in the Majors with 19 stolen bases. The last time they had this many in March/April was 2001 when they finished April with 31 steals. Brett Gardner has nine stolen bases, tied with Juan Pierre and Michael Bourn for second in the majors behind Andrew McCutchen, who has 10.

UPDATE, 7:29 p.m.: After two hits and a sac fly gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, Brett Gardner just made a nice catch — not quite a graceful catch, but a falling catch — here in the bottom of the first.

UPDATE, 7:57 p.m.: Wow. Wow. Wow. That should have been a single 10 different ways, but Robinson Cano got to the ball behind second base and made a terrific throw to Nolan Reimold to start the third. A.J. Burnett stood in the infield with both hands on his head. Just a terrific play. As the play developed I literally said the word “wow” outloud three times: When he got to the ball, when he made the throw and when Reimold was out.

UPDATE, 8:11 p.m.: Seriously. I can’t imagine there’s a better hitter in baseball right now than Robinson Cano. He just crushed a ball to center field and the Yankees are up 2-0.

UPDATE, 8:18 p.m.: Gardner hasn’t swung and missed on a pitch very often this season, and he wasn’t happy about doing it with two outs and two on here in the fourth. That ended the inning with the Yankees still up 2-0.

UPDATE, 8:49 p.m.: Cano with another double, and Thames follows with another big hit off a lefty. It’s now 3-0 Yankees with no outs in the sixth inning.

UPDATE, 9:04 p.m.: That was ball four, so it doesn’t count, but Francisco Cervelli just threw out Cesar Izturis by about five feet.

UPDATE, 9:08 p.m.: No brainer to send A.J. Burnett back out for the seventh. He’s well below 100 pitches seems to be having his way with the Orioles.

UPDATE, 9:27 p.m.: There really hasn’t been a lot to say about this game. Burnett is cruising, Cano and Thames are crushing the ball and the Yankees are still in front, 3-0. If things continue like this, it will be a perfect way to wrap up a long road trip.

UPDATE, 9:34 p.m.: Seriously. At this point, Cano is just showing off. His second home run of the game has made it a 4-0 Yankees lead in the eighth.

UPDATE, 9:58 p.m.: After eight brilliant innings from Burnett, Mariano Rivera is in to close out the game in a non-save situation.