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Game 11: Yankees vs. Orioles

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Apr 14, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Russell Martin C

RHP Phil Hughes (0-1, 16.50)
Hughes vs. Orioles

Brian Roberts 2B
Nick Markakis RF
Derrek Lee 1B
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Luke Scott LF
Adam Jones CF
Mark Reynolds 3B
Matt Wieters C
Cesar Izturis SS

RHP Jake Arrieta (1-1, 8.68)
Arrieta vs. Yankees

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

WEATHER: Finally, a nice night at Yankee Stadium. It was actually a terrific day here in New York. Only slightly chilly at game time. Not too bad. I’ll take it, for sure.

UMPIRES: HP Dana DeMuth, 1B Kerwin Danley, 2B Paul Nauert, 3B Doug Eddings

CELEBRATING JACKIE: Tomorrow is Jackie Robinson Day. All MLB players, coaches and umpires will wear No. 42. The Yankees will have an on-field ceremony that will include Rachel Robinson — Jackie’s wife — along with their daughter Sharon, two scholars from the Jackson Robinson Foundation and members of the Tuskegee Airmen.

STILL CATCHING, STILL SITTING: According to the Elias Sport Bureau, Russell Martin is the only Major Leaguer to play every one of his team’s innings behind the plate this season. Gustavo Molina is the only MLB player who has been active since Opening Day and has yet to get in a game.

ON TO THE NEXT ONE: Alex Rodriguez needs five RBI to tie Carl Yastrzemski for 10th place on baseball’s all-time RBI list. Yesterday he tied All Simmons and Ted Williams for 11th place.

UPDATE, 7:09 p.m.: Didn’t catch the velocity on Hughes’ first pitch, but I saw all 90-mph fastballs, then a 91, then a 92. The fly ball by Markakis was 90 on the stadium gun.

UPDATE, 7:35 p.m.: A fan right in front of the press box just reacted to a routine pop to second base as if it were a home run. He clearly thought it was gone off the bat. The ball didn’t leave the infield. Meanwhile, Hughes has been 90-91 with his fastball. A few have been 89, but I feel like I’ve seen more 90 and 91. Either way, it’s pretty much the same as before. Nothing drastic one way or the other.

UPDATE, 7:40 p.m.: Nick Markakis hit an 86-mph cutter for a two-run homer.

UPDATE, 7:55 p.m.: Now it’s looking like more 89 than 90 out of Hughes, pretty much exactly what we’ve seen in the first two starts. He just allowed another run on a deep sacrifice fly in the fourth. It’s 3-0 Orioles.

UPDATE, 8:16 p.m.: Hughes is finished after 4.1 innings. He was pulled after an RBI double that put the Orioles in front 4-0. It’s actually been his best start of the year, but his fastball velocity was right back where it’s been, 89-90 and touching 92. Bartolo Colon is in out of the bullpen.

UPDATE, 8:53 p.m.: The Yankees are chipping away, one run in the fifth inning and now a run on Mark Teixeira’s RBI double in the sixth. It’s 5-2 with two on and the heart of the order up.

UPDATE, 8:55 p.m.: Make that 5-3 on Alex Rodriguez’s sacrifice fly.

UPDATE, 9:31 p.m.: After the Yankees pulled within one in the seventh, they now need Joba Chamberlain to keep it there. He’s out of the pen with runners at the corners and one out in the eighth. Nice work by Bartolo Colon to give the Yankees a shot. I still can’t believe how well that signing has worked out so far. Even if this is all the Yankees get out of Colon, he’s been a good low-money gamble by Brian Cashman. Kind of the opposite of the Pedro Feliciano deal.

UPDATE, 9:34 p.m.: Seeing it live, I thought Pie touched the plate. Seeing the replay, I think he was out. See, that extra weight on Joba came in handy. It’s hard to move him.

UPDATE, 9:48 p.m.: Had a chance to tie there in the eighth, but Swisher grounded to second with two on and two outs. It’s still 5-4 heading into the top of the ninth.

UPDATE, 10:04 p.m.: The Yankees have officially overcome the Phil Hughes deficit. Jorge Posada’s leadoff homer in the ninth has sent us into extra innings. Curtis Granderson followed the home run with a double, but Martin, Gardner and Jeter left him stranded. Here’s Rivera in the top of the 10th, tied at 5.




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