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Game 41: Yankees at Orioles

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on May 18, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (21-19)
Derek Jeter DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Adam Jones LF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Francisco Cervelli C

RHP Bartolo Colon (2-2, 3.74)
Colon vs. Orioles

ORIOLES (19-21)
Felix Pie LF
Adam Jones CF
Nick Markakis RF
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Luke Scott 1B
Matt Wieters C
J.J. Hardy SS
Mark Reynolds 3B
Robert Andino 2B

LHP Zach Britton (5-2, 2.42)
Britton vs. Yankees

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

WEATHER: The Counting Crows warned us this might happen. It’s been raining in Baltimore, but right now the sky is clear and looks promising. There’s a chance of a storm later tonight, though.

UMPIRES: HP Dan Bellino, 1B Larry Vanover, 2B Brian Gorman, 3B Tony Randazzo

IT’S OVER: The Yankees snapped a six-game losing streak with a win last night at the Trop. It was only their third losing streak of six-or-more games since 2001.

TWICE IS NICE: Alex Rodriguez hit two home runs last night, giving him 59 multi-homer games in his career. That’s the most among active players and the seventh most all-time. It was Rodriguez’s 26th multi-homer game as a Yankees, the fifth most in franchise history behind Babe Ruth (68), Mickey Mantle (46), Lou Gehrig (43) and Joe DiMaggio (35).

THE REAL WORLD: New York University held its graduation at Yankee Stadium today. It was the fourth consecutive year that NYU held its graduation at the stadium. Former President Bill Clinton gave the commencement speech.

ON THIS DATE: On May 18, 1956, Mickey Mantle hit a home run from both sides of the plate for the third time in his career. It was an 8-7 Yankees win in extra innings against the White Sox.

UPDATE, 8:00 p.m.: Two hits already for Alex Rodriguez, with his second opening the door to a 1-0 Yankees lead in the top of the fourth. Nick Markakis did the Yankees some favors here with his offline throw to the plate.

UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: Hard to explain that one. Rodriguez was clearly going to be out, and the play was unfolding in front of it. I honestly can’t figure out why he thought it was a good idea to round first and try to stretch a single into a double.

UPDATE, 9:03 p.m.: Colon got out of a rare semi-jam in the seventh, and the Yankees are still holding that slim 1-0 lead in the top of the eighth. Still hard to believe Colon’s this good, but he’s done it time after time. Guess I shouldn’t be surprised at this point.

UPDATE, 9:19 p.m.: He keeps getting better. What an inning by Colon, punctuated by a strikeout and a bailout (taking Cervelli off the hook for his bad throw to second). Colon’s thrown 87 pitches. Send him back for the ninth? I say yes.

UPDATE, 9:35 p.m.: Unreal. Absolutely unreal. Tied at 1 after nine. Blown save by Rivera. I always forget, can you or can you not predict baseball?

UPDATE, 10:25 p.m.: Credit Teixeira with a game-saving play and Boone Logan with two potentially job-saving outs.




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