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Game 18: Yankees at Orioles

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Apr 24, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (11-6)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF

RHP Freddy Garcia (1-0, 1.29)
Garcia vs. Orioles

ORIOLES (8-11)
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 (0-2, 3.38)
Arrieta vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 1:35 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: Best game-time weather of the year, and it’s not even close. This is a gorgeous day in Baltimore.

UMPIRES: HP Angel Campos, 1B Marvin Hudson, 2B Ted Barrett, 3B Brian Runge

GARCIA IN BALTIMORE: The current group of Orioles has a total of 65 at-bats against Freddy Garcia. They’ve hit .400/.444/.692 against him. Brian Roberts is 10-for-21 with two home runs and four doubles.

YANKEES ON EASTER: Happy Easter to those who celebrate. Since 1960, the Yankees are 14-19 on Easter Sunday. In that stretch, the Yankees have previously played the Orioles on Easter twice. The Yankees won in 1963 and lost in 2007.

GARDY GOES YARDY: The Yankees are 9-0 in games when Brett Gardner hits a home run.

TWO AWAY: Derek Jeter needs two hits to tied Frank Robinson for 31st place on baseball’s all-time hits list. Jeter has 2,941.

READY FOR PAYBACK: Before today’s game, Orioles manager Buck Showalter acknowledged that the Yankees might retaliate for last night’s hit by pitch. “We’ll deal with it,” Showalter said. ”(It was) self-inflicted.”

UPDATE, 1:38 p.m.: Granderson’s seventh home run is a two-run shot for a 2-0 Yankees lead before they make an out.

UPDATE, 2:15 p.m.: So far so good for Freddy Garcia. He loaded the bases in the second but got out of it with a strikeout. He’s walked two already, which might be the biggest concern in these first two innings.

UPDATE, 2:31 p.m.: Three scoreless from Garcia, and he opened the third inning with back-to-back strikeouts. The guy mixes so many pitches, he really seems to do a nice job keeping hitters guessing and off balance. That 87-mph fastball looks pretty fast when it comes immediately after a 72-mph curve.

UPDATE, 2:55 p.m.: Alex Rodriguez just hustled his way to an RBI, beating out the play at first to avoid a double play and drive in Granderson. By the way, just had this conversation with Marc Carig: Right now, is Granderson the best center fielder in the American League? Has to be, right?

UPDATE, 3:20 p.m.: Garcia is through six scoreless. He just keeps changing speeds — in that last at-bat against Guerrero he was mixing a 76-mph curveball with an 89-mph fastball with an 82-mph slider — and it’s working. Nothing overwhelming, just effective.

UPDATE, 3:31 p.m.: Six scoreless from Garcia, now here comes Chamberlain-Soriano-Rivera to handle the seventh, eighth and ninth. It’s still 3-0 Yankees.

UPDATE, 3:37 p.m.: Now it’s a ballgame. Chamberlain just gave up a two-run homer to Mark Reynolds and the Orioles have pulled within 3-2.

UPDATE, 3:44 p.m.: In the top of the eighth, Dave Robertson is getting loose in the bullpen, not Rafael Soriano.

UPDATE, 3:58 p.m.: Runners at the corners with two outs in the eighth, Girardi is turning to Mariano Rivera to face the lefty Luke Scott. Boone Logan was getting loose, but Girardi pulled out the big gun.

UPDATE, 4:02 p.m.: That’s a big-time catch by Gardner in left, and the Yankees are out of the jam. Looked like a sure double off the bat.

UPDATE, 4:35 p.m.: Rivera has now blown a save in back-to-back appearances.

UPDATE, 4:57 p.m.: Nice work by Boone Logan, but now we have a rain delay in the 11th. No good. Not good at all.

UPDATE, 5:12 p.m.: The crew is out to remove the tarp. Looks like the game will begin again shortly.

UPDATE, 5:30 p.m.: Scheduled to resume in five minutes. The tarp is off and the umpires are out.

UPDATE, 5:35 p.m.: Here we go. Cano at the plate. Jason Berken is the new O’s pitcher.

UPDATE, 5:38 p.m.: Cano has extended his hitting streak to 13 games. Meanwhile, Nunez was used to pinch run for Posada, now Chavez will pinch hit for Nunez.

UPDATE, 5:43 p.m.: Logan is getting loose in the bullpen. Looks like he’ll stay in to face Luke Scott in the bottom of this inning.




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