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Game 6: Yankees at Orioles

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Apr 11, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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

LHP CC Sabathia (0-0, 7.50)
Sabathia vs. Orioles

Nolan Reimold LF
JJ Hardy SS
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Mark Reynolds 3B
Ronny Paulino DH
Wilson Betemit 1B
Robert Andino 2B

RHP Jake Arrieta (1-0, 0.00)
Arrieta vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: Temperatures in the mid-40s. It was chilly when we got to Baltimore. Tonight it’s legitimately cold. Maybe not freezing, but cold.

UMPIRES: HP Laz Diaz, 1B Mike Everitt, 2B Paul Schrieber, 3B Tim Welke

FIRST-TIME FEELING: Jake Arrieta allowed two hits through seven innings in the Orioles season opener, and he’s pitched well in five starts against the Yankees. He’s 2-1 with a 3.99 ERA agains the Yankees, with his two wins coming in his first two career starts.

MARIAN-O: Mariano Rivera got the save last night. It was the 39th of his career at Camden Yards, and according to the Elias Sports Bureau, that tied Trevor Hoffman’s 39 saves at Dodger Stadium for the highest total for any visiting player at any ballpark.

ON THIS DATE: On April 11, 1912, the Yankees wore pinstripes for the first time in franchise history for the final home opener at Hilltop Park. The look went away the following two seasons and returned for good in 1915.

UPDATE, 7:07 p.m.: Derek Jeter had been introduced as the leadoff batter when all of a sudden the players were pulled off the field. We’re starting in a rain delay.

UPDATE, 7:19 p.m.: First pitch now scheduled for 7:25.

UPDATE, 7:28 p.m.: That didn’t take long. Double by Jeter. Two-run homer by Granderson. Yankees up 2-0.

UPDATE, 8:01 p.m.: On a day the Yankees need distance out of CC, he throws his bare hand in front of a sharp bouncer. He’s staying in the game, but still… not the smartest play from the big man. Bases loaded, by the way.

UPDATE, 8:08 p.m.: Andino’s two-out, two-run single to shallow center field has tied the game at 2 in the bottom of the second.

UPDATE, 8:37 p.m.: Sabathia stranded the bases loaded in the third inning, but he’s already reached 74 pitches. That’s a problem on a night like this when the bullpen is thin. Might need two innings out of Boone Logan at this rate.

UPDATE, 9:01 p.m.: Sabathia got through the bottom of the fourth with just eight pitches, now the Yankees have taken the lead with a bases-loaded ground out in the top of the fifth.

UPDATE, 9:13 p.m.: The Yankees got just one run out of a bases-loaded situation in the top of the fifth, and now the Orioles regained the lead with a two-run double in the bottom of the inning. Sabathia is up to 101 pitches heading into the sixth.

UPDATE, 9:44 p.m.: Two-out single by Granderson has tied the game in the seventh. Boone Logan is getting loose in the bullpen. Looks like he’ll be the first reliever out of the bullpen. Might have to lean heavily on him. Two innings from Logan and Soriano to close it?

UPDATE, 9:55 p.m.: Logan is through a 1-2-3 seventh inning, keeping the game tied. He threw just 11 pitches. I have to think they’ll try to get another inning out of him.

UPDATE, 10:00 p.m.: Yankees don’t really have the pitching to take this game into extra innings. Nunez is in to pinch run for Rodriguez here in the eighth, trying to take a lead as soon as possible.

UPDATE, 10:06 p.m.: Nunez steals second and takes third when the throw skips away from shortstop JJ Hardy. Nice heads up play to put the go-ahead run 90 feet from the plate. Swisher batting with one out.

UPDATE, 10:12 p.m.: Another missed opportunity as Martin strikes out swinging to strand runners at second and third.

UPDATE, 10:19 p.m.: Some days, it’s just a real pleasure to watch Cano play second base. … Logan is out after getting five outs, and the Yankese are going to give it a shot with Soriano here in the eighth.

UPDATE, 10:49 p.m.: Impossible to explain that one. Nunez just broke for second, changed his mind and was thrown out trying to get back to first. I honestly have no clue what was happening there.




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