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Game 23: Yankees vs. Orioles

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on May 01, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (13-9)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Andruw Jones RF
Russell Martin DH
Eduardo Nunez LF
Chris Stewart C

RHP Phil Hughes (1-3, 7.88)
Hughes vs. Orioles

Endy Chavez LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Chris Davis 1B
Wilson Betemit 3B
Nick Johnson DH
Robert Andino 2B

LHP Brian Matusz (0-3, 5.66)
Matusz vs. Yankees

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

WEATHER: Temperatures getting into the 60s. Feels pretty nice, actually. Might want to pull a sweater out of my bag by the late innings, but I’ll take it.

UMPIRES: HP Bob Davidson, 1B Hunter Wendelstedt, 2B Dan Bellino, 3B Jerry Layne

MONTHLY LEADER: Derek Jeter led the Majors with 37 hits in the month of April. According to Elias it was the fourth time in his career that Jeter led or tied for the lead in Major League hits for a calandar month. It as the most hits he ever had in the month of April.

CLOSER OF THE FUTURE?: Dave Robertson has 18 strikeouts in 11.0 scoreless innings. His career strikeout ratio of 12.17 per nine innings is the best among all active pitchers with a minimum of 200 career innings. He has not allowed a run in his past 24.1 regular-season innings dating to September 1, 2011, the longest scoreless stretch by a Yankee since Phil Hughes had a 25 scoreless in a row in 2009.

ON THIS DATE: On May 1, 1951, Mickey Mantle his his first career home run. On May 1, 1920, Babe Ruth hit his first career home run as a Yankee. He did it against Boston.

UPDATE, 7:16 p.m.: Hughes gets through a scoreless first inning and showed a good curveball on an opening strikeout of Endy Chavez.

UPDATE, 7:21 p.m.: Good gracious. Granderson nearly went upper deck with a solo shot to right field. That’s his ninth of the year and it’s a 1-0 Yankees lead.

UPDATE, 7:31 p.m.: After an inning-opening strikeout, Hughes gives up a solo homer to Chris Davis and the boos start here at Yankee Stadium. Game tied at 1.

UPDATE, 7:51 p.m.: Hardy just went deep, a two-run shot to make it 3-1 Orioles. Hughes has four strikeouts so far, and there are definitely times when he looks like a good big league pitcher, but it’s hit or miss pitch-to-pitch.

UPDATE, 8:04 p.m.: Two on with one out and the middle of the order coming up … Rodriguez grounds weakly and Cano pops out. Heart of the order hasn’t been nearly as productive as it should be.

UPDATE, 8:23 p.m.: It’s not always graceful — he looks every bit like an infielder playing the outfield — but Nunez makes the plays in left. He just made a nice running catch for the second out of the fifth inning.

UPDATE, 8:26 p.m.: Fly ball to center ends the top of the fifth. Hughes is at 86 pitches, so he’ll probably go back out for the sixth. He hasn’t been bad, but I’m not sure he’s been good enough to suggest he’s turned things around. He’s still having trouble consistently putting hitters away, but his curveball has been occasionally effective.

UPDATE, 8:47 p.m.: One strike away from getting through the sixth inning, Hughes hit Matt Wieters, prompting Girardi to bring in Boone Logan to face the lefty Chris Davis. That’s 5.2 inning for Hughes, who looked better than he did in his previous starts.

UPDATE, 8:56 p.m.: Logan gives up two straight hits, Nunez misplays a routine fly ball and suddenly it’s 6-1 Orioles. Nunez seemed to think the ball was hit harder than it was, and his late attempt to charge came up short.

UPDATE, 9:04 p.m.: Bunt single by Rodriguez. Years ago, when I was still covering the minor leagues, someone in the organization told me that Rodriguez was the best bunter he’d ever seen. All those bunts, of course, came in batting practice.

UPDATE, 9:27 p.m.: Here’s Chavez to hit for Stewart. Guess the Yankees will sacrifice their DH and have Martin catch the rest of the way.

UPDATE, 9:39 p.m.: That was Nick Johnson’s first hit of the year, snapping an 0-for-29 to start the season. It’s an RBI double off Soriano for a 7-1 Baltimore lead.




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