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Game 104: Yankees vs. Orioles (first game)

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Yankees lineup
1. Brett Gardner CF
2. Eduardo Nunez SS
3. Mark Teixeira DH
4. Robinson Cano 2B
5. Nick Swisher RF
6. Eric Chavez 3B
7. Jorge Posada 1B
8. Chris Dickerson LF
9. Francisco Cervelli C
Bartolo Colon RHP

Orioles lineup
1. J.J. Hardy SS
2. Nick Markakis RF
3. Adam Jones CF
4. Vladimir Guerrero DH
5. Derrek Lee 1B
6. Mark Reynolds 3B
7. Felix Pie LF
8. Craig Tatum C
9. Blake Davis 2B
Chris Tillman RHP

TV/Time: YES/1:08
Umpires: Tim Welke HP, Mike Estabrook 1B, Jim Reynolds 2B, Mike DiMuro 3B
Weather: Sunny, 86

Long Tex messages: Mark Teixeira has homered in four of his last seven games and needs one for No. 30. That would make him just the fourth Yankee to launch 30 in each of his first three seasons with the team, joining Alex Rodriguez, Roger Maris and Babe Ruth. It would be Teixeira’s seventh straight 30-homer season.
Double dips: The Yankees are 11-1-13 in doubleheaders since 2000. The Red Sox inflicted that lone sweep on them, at the old Yankee Stadium in 2006.

Update, 1:15: Nunez is still an adventure in the field. He pulls Cano off the bag with his throw for his team-high 14th error, bases loaded, two outs.

Update, 1:17: Good job by Colon getting the strikeout-prone Mark Reynolds swinging. That’s 115 strikeouts in 337 at-bats for Reynolds, who does have 22 homers and 53 RBI.

Update, 1:23: Chris Tillman is just back from AAA, and he had an impressive beginning, 1-2-3 first with strikeouts swinging against Nunez and Teixeira.

Update, 1:29: Better second for Colon, 1-2-3.

Update, 1:35: Tillman is dominating the Yankees so far, four strikeouts in two perfect innings.

Update, 1:49: Colon weaves out of trouble again, second and third, two outs and he gets Derrek Lee looking at what looked like a moving two-seamer at the knees. End of 2 1/2, no score.

Update, 1:51: First hit for the Yankees, Posada punches a single into left, leading off the third.

Update, 1:53: Dickerson bunts into a force, but Cervelli clobbers a ground-rule double to left-center, second and third, one out.

Update, 1:57: Gardner two-run single to left, so it’s 2-0.

Update, 2:08: Two singles to start the Baltimore third, then the Yankees couldn’t turn a 4-6-3 double play. So it’s 2-1, runner on first, one out.

Update, 2:11: Colon just gave up a double, so it’s second and third. His pitch count is at 72 already.

Update, 2:11: Run-scoring grounder to second for Hardy, tying the game.

Update, 2:21: Colon strands two in scoring position, getting Adam Jones swinging to end the fourth. But he’s used up 90 pitches already. It’s 2-2.

Update, 2:27: Leadoff walk to Cano, then two-run homer for Swisher to the right-center seats on a 2-0 fastball. That’s No. 13 for him. So it’s 4-2.

Update, 2:38: RBI single for Cervelli, second and third, one out.

Update, 2:42: Both runners stranded by Gardner and Nunez. It’s 5-2 headed for the fifth.

Update, 2:50: 1-2-3 fifth for Colon, but he’s at 105 pitches.

Update, 2:57: Lefty Troy Patton is coming on for Tillman with two in scoring position and one out, after Swisher’s double to the base of the wall in center.

Update, 3:02: Chavez grounds an RBI single into right, so it’s 6-2.

Update, 3:04: RBI grounder for Posada. Cory Wade is warming, meanwhile, for the Yankees.

Update, 3:06: Two singles for Dickerson now, this one for an RBI. He certainly doesn’t deserve to get cut coming off this game. It’s 8-2.

Update, 3:09: Colon is done, Wade is in for the sixth. Colon had to work hard to allow just two runs.

Update, 3:14: 1-2-3 inning for Wade.

Update, 3:14: Three up, three down for the Yankees in the sixth.

Update, 3:29: One-hit seventh for Wade.

Update, 3:38: Swisher gets his third hit, but he’s left stranded.

Update, 3:43: Finally a run off Wade. Reynolds hits a solo shot to the left-field seats, No. 23 for him. It’s 8-3 in the eighth.

Update, 3:47: Very good three innings for Wade, all in all. He’s been a real find.

Update, 3:55: Ninth inning, Boone Logan will try to close it out. Would’ve seemed like a good spot to let Soriano dip his toes back in the water.

Update, 4:09: Two-single ninth for Logan. Yankees win, 8-3.