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Game 138: Yankees vs. Orioles09.06.10

YANKEES (86-51)
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Marcus Thames LF
Jorge Posada DH
Francisco Cervelli C
Brett Gardner CF

RHP A.J. Burnett (10-12, 5.15)
Burnett vs. Orioles

ORIOLES (51-86)
Brian Roberts 2B
Felix Pie LF
Nick Markakis RF
Luke Scott DH
Matt Wieters C
Ty Wigginton 1B
Corey Patterson CF
Cesar Izturis SS
Josh Bell 3B

LHP Brian Matusz (7-12, 4.72)
Matusz vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m. / YES Network

UMPIRES: HP Laz Diaz, 1B Wally Bell, 2B John Hirschbeck, 3B James Hoye

WEATHER: Another good day for a day game. Temperatures in the 70s without a cloud in sight.

HAPPY HOLIDAY: Since 1961, the Yankees are 33-26 on Labor Day. They swept a Labor Day double header against Tampa Bay last year, and the last time they played the Orioles on Labor Day was 1992 when the Yankees won 6-2 at Camden Yards. That was a 13-inning game.

GOOD MATCHUP: The Yankees first two starters this series are A.J. Burnett and CC Sabathia, who are 24-4 in their careers against the Orioles.

BAD MATCHUP: Nick Swisher is returning to the lineup just in time to face Brian Matusz. Swisher is 0-for-12 with one walk in his career against the young Orioles lefty.

ABOUT A.J.: Burnett has allowed a .362 opponents batting average in the first inning this season. From the second inning on, he’s allowed a .265 average… Burnett has allowed a major league leading 34 stolen bases in 157.1 innings this season. According to Elias, that’s the highest total by a Yankee since Roger Clemens allowed 34 in 220.1 innings in 2001… Burnett went winless in August but won his first start of September. According to Elias, Burnett is winless in his past 13 August starts dating back to 2008.

JUST AN OBSERVATION: Yesterday, the Yankees starting outfield was Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson and Greg Golson, which very easily could have been the fastest outfield in baseball this season. Today the starting outfield is Gardner surrounded by banged-up Nick Swisher and heckuva-hitter Marcus Thames. I’m just sayin.

UPDATE, 1:15 p.m.: A 1-2-3 first inning for A.J. Burnett. That seems like a good sign.

UPDATE, 1:52 p.m.: Brett Gardner nearly made a great catch. Instead the ball fell for a double, and two batters later, a double play drove that run in for a 1-0 Orioles lead in the third inning.

UPDATE, 2:16 p.m.: The Yankees still haven’t scored, but A.J. Burnett is through four innings with only one run on two hits. He’s been plenty good enough.

UPDATE, 2:17 p.m.: Scratch that. Alex Rodriguez is back, and he just homered to tie the game at 1.

UPDATE, 2:30 p.m.: RBI single by Brian Roberts the Orioles the lead again at 2-1. Still, so far this game is on the offense. Burnett has been perfectly fine.

UPDATE, 2:56 p.m.: Burnett’s been able to limit the damage, which is the reason he’s been alright today. But for the third time, he has the first two batters of an inning on base in the top of the sixth.

UPDATE, 3:04 p.m.: One run on a sacrifice fly. Burnett continues to keep the damage to a minimum, and he’s made some big pitches, but he has the Yankees in a 3-1 hole.

UPDATE, 3:12 p.m.: After Rodriguez got his 100th RBI of the season on a sac fly, Teixeira did a nice job on the bases, getting pretty far off third base just in case a blooper from Cano fell. It did fall, Teixeira scored and the Yankees have tied the game at 3.

UPDATE, 3:19 p.m.: Burnett is back out for the seventh. Joba Chamberlain is up in the bullpen. Curtis Granderson is playing center, Brett Gardner has shifted to left and Marcus Thames is out of the game.

UPDATE, 3:26 p.m.: Another lead-off man on base, another run off A.J. Burnett. He hasn’t had one of those big innings when he gets absolutely crushed, but his start has become less and less solid as it’s continued. He’s now allowed a run in three straight innings.

UPDATE, 3:36 p.m.: Greg Golson is here for his speed. Getting thrown out trying to steal second, that’s not part of the plan.

UPDATE, 3:57 p.m.: Boone Logan gets in trouble, Dave Robertson gets out of it and the Yankees have two innings to score at least one run. Still down 4-3.

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Game 26: Yankees vs. Orioles05.04.10

YANKEES (17-8)
Derek Jeter DH
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Marcus Thames LF
Brett Gardner CF
Francisco Cervelli C
Ramiro Pena SS

RHP A.J. Burnett (3-0, 2.43)
Career vs. Orioles

ORIOLES (7-19)
Adam Jones CF
Nick Markakis RF
Matt Wieters C
Miguel Tejada 3B
Ty Wigginton 2B
Luke Scott LF
Garrett Atkins DH
Rhyne Hughes 1B
Cesar Izturis SS

LHP Brian Matusz (2-1, 4.40)
Career vs. Yankees

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

UMPIRES: HP Bruce Dreckman, 1B Paul Emmel, 2B Gary Darling, 3B Bill Hohn

WEATHER: Pretty amazing day here in the Bronx. Perfect blue sky and temperatures in the 70s. There was some wind blowing out earlier, but that seems to have died down quite a bit.

TEX’s MESSAGE: A pre-game ceremony will recognize Mark Teixeira’s $100,000 donation to Harlem RBI’s Future Fund, supporting college-bound Harlem RBI seniors. Harlem RBI is an organization that works with inner-city youth to provide opportunities to play and learn.

MORE ON TEIXEIRA: Mark Teixeira hit .136 with nine RBI and 11 hits in 22 games in April. Through three games in May he’s hitting .462 with six hits and three RBI.

BEST OF THE BEST: In his career, Derek Jeter has scored 172 runs and collected 277 hits against the Orioles. That’s more hits and runs than any other active Major Leaguer against Baltimore. Alex Rodriguez leads all active players with 50 home runs and 163 RBI against the Orioles.

UPDATE, 7:24 p.m.: That was Derek Jeter’s 443rd double, moving him past Don Mattingly for sole possession of third place on the Yankees’ all-time list.

UPDATE, 7:36 p.m.: Did anyone else notice the crazy this Tejada did with his bat after that fly ball to right? He spun it around his head like some sort of crazed Jedi. I’m sure it was completely meaningless, but I’m also sure it was weird.

UPDATE, 7:52 p.m.: Sac bunt by Izturis — who the Yankees simply could not get out in Baltimore — and then the whole thing went ugly for the Yankees. Burnett’s throwing error has given the O’s a 1-0 lead with runners at second and third and no outs.

UPDATE, 8:03 p.m.: That looked like the good A.J. After a single, walk and error, Burnett struck out the top of the Orioles order to strand runners at second and third. As an aside, I never get tired to watching Cervelli get fired up behind the plate. That guy gets pumped when his pitcher does something like that.

UPDATE, 8:05 p.m.: Seriously. Cervelli just tripled and didn’t show nearly as much emotion as he did when Burnett got that final strikeout in the top of the inning. He might even have shown more emotion when Burnett got a strikeout to end the first inning.

UPDATE, 8:07 p.m.: Cervelli played 313 minor league games in his career and tripled only three times, none since 2007. He just scored on a ground out by Pena to make it 1-1.

UPDATE, 8:20 p.m.: Cervelli! Making the catch in the dugout right next to former catchers Joe Girardi and Tony Pena. I’ll say it again: He’s just a ton of fun to watch.

UPDATE, 8:44 p.m.: Yankees starter throws one away. Orioles starter throws one away. Let’s call it even. And let’s call it a 2-1 Yankees lead.

UPDATE, 8:59 p.m.: Is this what everyone is talking about when they mention the good A.J.? I think so.

UPDATE, 9:08 p.m.: Bunt single? I think the mayor just declared May 4 to be Francisco Cervelli Day in New York City.

UPDATE, 9:41 p.m.: Now that Thames has his last at-bat, Golson is in to play center field and Gardner has shifted to left.

UPDATE, 9:45 p.m.: Burnett waved to the crowd as he came off the field with one out here in the eighth. He got a much deserved ovation for yet another dominant start. Damaso Marte is in to face Matt Wieters.

UPDATE, 9:49 p.m.: Marte has done his job, now here comes Alfredo Aceves to face Miguel Tejada. It’s odd, but this really doesn’t feel like a two-run game. Burnett has been so dominant, it really feels like the Yankees are winning by at least six runs.

UPDATE, 9:54 p.m.: I don’t know if Golson will ever cut down on the strikeouts enough to be a productive big league hitter, but there’s a lot to be said for a guy who can go get the ball in the outfield. His catch at the wall just ended the eighth with the Yankees still ahead 3-1.

UPDATE, 9:56 p.m.: It’s Chamberlain getting loose in the bullpen. Looks like Girardi is going to avoid Rivera again tonight.

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Game 21: Yankees at Orioles04.29.10

YANKEES (13-7)
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Marcus Thames DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Francisco Cervelli C
Brett Gardner LF

RHP A.J. Burnett (2-0, 3.20)
Career vs. Orioles

ORIOLES (4-17)
Adam Jones CF
Nick Markakis RF
Matt Wieters C
Miguel Tejeda 3B
Luke Scott DH
Ty Wigginton 2B
Rhyne Hughes 1B
Nolan Reimold LF
Cesar Izturis SS

LHP Brian Matusz (2-0, 4.38)
Career vs. Yankees

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

UMPIRES: HP John Hirschbeck, 1B James Hoye, 2B Wally Bell, 3B Laz Diaz

WEATHER: So far this is the nicest night of the three-game series. There’s almost no wind and it actually feels really nice here in Baltimore. I’m sure it will be cold by the fifth inning, but right now it’s terrific.

GREAT SCOTT: The Orioles hitter with the best career numbers against A.J. Burnett? That would be Luke Scott, who has a .400 average, two doubles and two home runs in 15 a-bats. Adam Jones has eight strikeouts in 22 at-bats against the Yankees starter.

SECOND CHANCE: Orioles starter Brian Matusz faced the Yankees in one start last September. Matusz went seven strong innings for the win. The Yankees lineup that day: SS Derek Jeter, LF Jerry Hairston, 1B Mark Teixeira, 3B Alex Rodriguez, RF Nick Swisher, 2B Robinson Cano, DH Shelley Duncan, CF Melky Cabrera, C Jose Molina. Burnett also started that game, with Josh Towers pitching two innings of relief.

ON THE RUN: The Yankees are tied for sixth in the Majors with 19 stolen bases. The last time they had this many in March/April was 2001 when they finished April with 31 steals. Brett Gardner has nine stolen bases, tied with Juan Pierre and Michael Bourn for second in the majors behind Andrew McCutchen, who has 10.

UPDATE, 7:29 p.m.: After two hits and a sac fly gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, Brett Gardner just made a nice catch — not quite a graceful catch, but a falling catch — here in the bottom of the first.

UPDATE, 7:57 p.m.: Wow. Wow. Wow. That should have been a single 10 different ways, but Robinson Cano got to the ball behind second base and made a terrific throw to Nolan Reimold to start the third. A.J. Burnett stood in the infield with both hands on his head. Just a terrific play. As the play developed I literally said the word “wow” outloud three times: When he got to the ball, when he made the throw and when Reimold was out.

UPDATE, 8:11 p.m.: Seriously. I can’t imagine there’s a better hitter in baseball right now than Robinson Cano. He just crushed a ball to center field and the Yankees are up 2-0.

UPDATE, 8:18 p.m.: Gardner hasn’t swung and missed on a pitch very often this season, and he wasn’t happy about doing it with two outs and two on here in the fourth. That ended the inning with the Yankees still up 2-0.

UPDATE, 8:49 p.m.: Cano with another double, and Thames follows with another big hit off a lefty. It’s now 3-0 Yankees with no outs in the sixth inning.

UPDATE, 9:04 p.m.: That was ball four, so it doesn’t count, but Francisco Cervelli just threw out Cesar Izturis by about five feet.

UPDATE, 9:08 p.m.: No brainer to send A.J. Burnett back out for the seventh. He’s well below 100 pitches seems to be having his way with the Orioles.

UPDATE, 9:27 p.m.: There really hasn’t been a lot to say about this game. Burnett is cruising, Cano and Thames are crushing the ball and the Yankees are still in front, 3-0. If things continue like this, it will be a perfect way to wrap up a long road trip.

UPDATE, 9:34 p.m.: Seriously. At this point, Cano is just showing off. His second home run of the game has made it a 4-0 Yankees lead in the eighth.

UPDATE, 9:58 p.m.: After eight brilliant innings from Burnett, Mariano Rivera is in to close out the game in a non-save situation.

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