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Game 45: Yankees at Orioles

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 21, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (28-16)
Brett Gardner CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells LF
Travis Hafner DH
Lyle Overbay 1B
Curtis Granderson RF
David Adams 3B
Jayson Nix SS
Austin Romine C

RHP Phil Hughes (2-3, 5.88)
Hughes vs. Orioles

ORIOLES (23-21)
Nate McLouth LF
Manny Machado 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones DH
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters C
JJ Hardy SS
Chris Dickerson CF
Yamaico Navarro 2B

RHP Miguel Gonzalez (2-2, 4.58)
Gonzalez vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., MY9 and MLB Network

WEATHER: Temperatures in the 80s, with a very slight chance of rain at some point.

UMPIRES: HP Eric Cooper, 1B Paul Schrieber, 2B Chad Fairchild, 3B Jeff Kellogg

DAVID GOES DEEP: David Adams, who attended nearby University of Virginia, hit his first career home run last night. It came in his fifth career game, making him just the third Yankee in the last 98 years (since 1916) to homer as a third basemen within his first five career games: also Andy Phillips (2004) and Mike Pagliarulo (1984).

THE PEN IS MIGHTIER: The Yankees bullpen has combined to post a 1.66 ERA (54.1IP, 10ER) and hold opponents to a .197 (38-for-193) average with 13BB and 55K in May. The relievers have a 26.2-inning scoreless stretch over their last 10 road games. It is their longest road scoreless stretch since a 29.1-inning span in 2002.

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER: Last night, the Yankees recorded their first win of the season when trailing after the end of the eighth inning. They recorded just one win under those circumstances all of last year (1-58), coming in the second-to-last game of the year vs. Boston.

UPDATE, 7:13 p.m.: Brett Gardner leads off with a double just out of the reach of McLouth, and the Yankees turned it into a run with a two-out single by Hafner.

UPDATE, 7:50 p.m.: Chris Dickerson, getting a rare start in center field for the Orioles, just took Hughes deep to center field to tie the game at 1 here in the third.

UPDATE, 8:07 p.m.: It’s that Hafner fellow again. Another RBI single, and the Yankees are back in front, 2-1.

UPDATE, 8:14 p.m.: Through four innings, Hughes has allowed one run on the Dickerson homer. Otherwise, he’s been pretty solid. In typical form, he’s allowed a lot of balls in the air, but he’s pitched out of one jam and has walked just one. It’s still 2-1.

UPDATE, 8:25 p.m.: This is a dangerous Orioles lineup, but Chris Dickerson isn’t supposed to be the one who makes it dangerous. Dickerson just took Hughes deep again to tie the game in the fifth. It’s Dickerson’s third home run of the season, two of which have come in this game.

UPDATE, 8:33 p.m.: Really nice play by Cano to start what should have been a double play. Instead, Nix botch the play trying to be too quick at the bag and the Orioles have runners at first and second with one out in here in the fifth.

UPDATE, 8:54 p.m.: Six innings, two runs for Hughes. He just pitched a 1-2-3 sixth, including strikeouts against Davis and Wieters. The two homers have cost him, but obviously this is a significant improvement over last time out. He’s giving the Yankees a chance to win, but as is often the case this season, the offense is still waiting to break out and seize control.

UPDATE, 9:09 p.m.: Very close play, but looks like the right call at first base. Navarro has an infield single in the seventh. Now Boone Logan has to face the top of the order with one out and the game tied.

UPDATE, 9:34 p.m.: My goodness, Dave Robertson really is awfully good.

UPDATE, 9:52 p.m.: Claiborne strikes out Navarro to end the ninth. He now has nine scoreless innings to begin his career. Meanwhile, the Orioles have brought in closer Jim Johnson who’s been awful lately. Vidal Nuno is warming for the Yankees.

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