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Game 137: Yankees at Orioles

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Gameday Thread on Sep 06, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (77-59)
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Eric Chavez 3B
Curtis Granderson CF
Russell Martin C
Raul Ibanez LF
Ichiro Suzuki RF

RHP David Phelps (3-4, 3.13)
Phelps vs. Orioles

ORIOLES (76-60)
Nick Markakis RF
JJ Hardy SS
Nate McLouth LF
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Mark Reynolds 1B
Chris Davis DH
Manny Machado 3B
Robert Andino 2B

RHP Jason Hammel (8-6, 3.54)
Hammel vs. Yankees

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

WEATHER: Been cloudy all day here in Baltimore, but only about a 20 percent chance of rain tonight.

UMPIRES: HP Mike Winters 1B Mark Wegner, 2B Cory Blaser, 3B Jerry Meals

COMING BACK: The Yankees have 38 come-from-behind wins this season, tying Cincinnati and Milwaukee for the most such victories in the Majors this season according to Elias. They’ve surpassed their total from all of last year. They own 11 victories when trailing after six innings, two more than all of last year and one win shy of their 2010 total.

MR. 2,500: This will Alex Rodriguez’s 2,500th career game, making him the fourth active player to reach the mark. The others are teammate Derek Jeter (who reached the number earlier this season), Omar Vizquel and Jim Thome. With 2,875 hits and 1,184 extra-base hits, only two players tallied as many hits and extra-base hits through their first 2,500 games: Stan Musial (3,176 hits, 1,233 extra-base hits) and Hank Aaron (3,044 hits, 1,200 extra-base hits). That’s from Elias.

WELCOME TO BALTIMORE: Robinson Cano owns a .335 (175-for-522) career average against Orioles pitching, with 66 extra-base hits (41 doubles, 1 triple and 24 homers). That’s his most homers against any opponent. He is a .360 (94-for-261) career hitter with 53 runs, 26 doubles, 11 homers and 33 RBI in 62 career games at Camden Yards.

LATE START: The game is going to start a few minutes late because of a pregame ceremony to honor Cal Ripkin Jr., whose statue was added to the monuments outside the stadium.

UPDATE, 7:32 p.m.: Isn’t that the third time Phelps has balked like that this season? His foot slips off the rubber sometimes and it’s problematic. The balk moves a runner to third base, a single brings the runner home, and the Orioles are in front 1-0 in the first.

UPDATE, 7:34 p.m.: And there’s a three-run homer to make it 4-0. We might see some Adam Warren at some point tonight.

UPDATE, 7:38 p.m.: Derek Lowe getting loose for the Yankees.

UPDATE, 8:17 p.m.: My first thought was that Cano’s line drive hit Hammel in the hip or the side, but it clearly got him in the pitching arm. Still not clear whether he’s staying in.

UPDATE, 8:22 p.m.: Granderson has the Yankees on the board with a two-out, RBI single int he fourth.

UPDATE, 8:28 p.m.: Back-to-back nice plays by Granderson on a pair of hard-hit balls off Phelps. Give Phelps credit for this much: After that horrible first inning, he’s still in there and has retired 10 of the past 11.

UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: One hard-hit ball too many, I guess. Andino just took Phelps deep for a 5-1 Orioles lead in the bottom of the fourth.

UPDATE, 8:52 p.m.: Rapada gets his man, now Chamberlain is coming in to face the middle of the Orioles order.

UPDATE, 9:53 p.m.: It’s been a while since we’ve seen an inning like this from the Yankees. Scratching for five runs (so far) in the eighth inning — all with two outs — the Yankees have tied the game at 6. This game was over until all of a sudden it wasn’t.

UPDATE, 10:16 p.m.: Stunning. Absolutely stunning.




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