Game 17: Yankees at Orioles • 04.23.11
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Andruw Jones LF
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin C
Curtis Granderson CF
LHP CC Sabathia (0-1, 2.52)
Sabathia vs. Orioles
Brian Roberts 2B
Nick Markakis RF
Derrek Lee 1B
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Adam Jones CF
Mark Reynolds 3B
Matt Wieters C
Jake Fox LF
Robert Andino SS
RHP Brad Bergesen (0-2, 3.38)
Bergesen vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Much better than yesterday, it’s actually bright and sunny for the first time in a long time.
UMPIRES: HP Brian Runge, 1B Angel Campos, 2B Marvin Hudson, 3B Ted Barrett
SIX WITH FOUR: Six different Yankees — Cano, Granderson, Teixeira, Rodriguez, Martin and Posada — have at least four home runs. According to Elias, no other team in Major League history has had that many players with four or more homers fewer than 17 games into a season.
GRANDY MAN: Curtis Granderson has 20 home runs since August 14, 2010. According to the Yankees, that’s the third-most home runs in the Majors in that span. Troy Tulowitzki and Jose Bautista have 23.
EARLY TEX MESSAGES: With six home runs, Mark Teixeira has already matched his career high for March/April. He hit five home runs combined in his past two Aprils.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Andruw Jones turns 34 years old today. On his birthday in 2010, Jones hit two home runs against Seattle, including a walkoff. He became the first player since Alex Rodriguez in 2002 to hit two or more home runs, including a walkoff, on his birthday.
UPDATE, 7:13 p.m.: Didn’t take long for the Yankees to jump on Bergesen. Single by Jeter and back-to-back doubles by Teixeira and Rodriguez gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead. Then Cano extended it to 3-0 with an RBI single. We’re still in the first inning, still just one out.
UPDATE, 8:00 p.m.: Bergesen has settled in after that first inning, but it doesn’t matter too much because Sabathia is dealing.
UPDATE, 8:04 p.m.: The Orioles just got their first hit with two outs in the fourth. Sabathia quickly got the next guy to ground to third, keeping it 3-0 through four innings.
UPDATE, 8:27 p.m.: Russell Martin just keeps hitting. His fifth homer of the season is a three-run shot for a 6-0 Yankees lead in the sixth.