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Game 102: Yankees vs. Orioles

Posted By Chad Jennings On July 30, 2012 @ 7:00 pm In Gameday Thread | 488 Comments

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YANKEES (60-41)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher DH
Raul Ibanez LF
Eric Chavez 3B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Chris Stewart C

RHP Freddy Garcia (4-4, 5.16)
Garcia vs. Orioles [2]

ORIOLES (53-49)
Nick Markakis RF
J.J. Hardy SS
Chris Davis DH
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Lew Ford LF
Wilson Betemit 3B
Mark Reynolds 1B
Omar Quintanilla 2B

RHP Miguel Gonzalez (2-2, 4.28)
Gonzalez has never faced the Yankees [3]

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

WEATHER: Temperatures in the 70s. After a few days in Missouri, it feels much, much colder.

UMPIRES: HP Ron Kulpa, 1B Derryl Cousins, 2B Alan Porter, 3B Jim Wolf

TEX MESSAGE: Mark Teixeira is hitting .316 with 16 runs, five doubles, a triple, seven homers and 27 RBI in his past 22 games. His 27 RBI are the most in the Majors this month, and his second-most in a single month since coming to the Yankees.

STANDARD FIRST-TIME-STARTER NOTE: The Yankees will face RHP Miguel Gonzalez for the first time tonight. According to Elias, the Yankees are 27-13 over the last two years (2011-12) in games in which they are opposed by a starting pitcher who they were facing for the first time. That includes a 10-8 mark this season. The Yankees?won their last such game after four consecutive losses in such games.

ON THIS DATE: On July 30, 1890, Casey Stengel was born in Kansas City. Stengel managed the Yankees for 12 seasons and won seven World Series.

UPDATE, 7:36 p.m.: There’s a two-out single by Ibanez, first hit of the day for the Yankees.

UPDATE, 7:40 p.m.: RBI single by starting third baseman Eric Chavez, and it’s now a 1-0 Yankees lead in the second.

UPDATE, 7:44 p.m.: Orioles get that run right back on Betemit’s homer in the third. It’s 1-1.

UPDATE, 8:13 p.m.: Cano hit one hard, but it’s an out and the Yankees are held scoreless in the fourth. It’s still 1-1.

UPDATE, 8:21 p.m.: Sac fly. Another sac fly. And now it’s 3-1 Orioles.

UPDATE, 8:33 p.m.: Ibanez’s 14th homer of the year has made this a one-run game. He’s been pretty much exactly what the Yankees thought he would be. He hits for power, which is enough to have an impact despite the low average and OBP.

UPDATE, 9:21 p.m.: Chavez’s ninth homer of the season might have carried more weight had the Orioles not pulled away with two more runs in the top of the seventh. Instead of tying the game, Chavez’s homer simply pulls the Yankees within 5-3 in the bottom of the seventh.

UPDATE, 9:25 p.m.: Ichiro’s first homer as a Yankee is the 100th of his career, and it’s pulled the Yankees within 5-4.

UPDATE, 9:32 p.m.: Teixeira is out of the game after that diving play in the seventh. No word on an injury.

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