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Game 10: Yankees vs. Orioles04.13.11

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Russell Martin C

RHP A.J. Burnett (2-0, 4.09)
Burnett vs. Orioles

Brian Roberts 2B
Nick Markakis RF
Derrek Lee 1B
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Luke Scott LF
Adam Jones CF
Mark Reynolds 3B
Matt Wieters C
Robert Andino SS

RHP Chris Tillman (0-0, 3.38)
Tillman vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., MY9

WEATHER: Most of the beat writers have bailed on the front row of the open press box. It’s slightly warmer here on the second row, and it’s away from the light mist that’s been falling off and on. Should be able to play tonight, but it’s not an ideal situation.

UMPIRES: HP Doug Eddings, 1B Dana DeMuth, 2B Kerwin Danley, 3B Paul Nauert

GOING DEEP: The Yankees and Rangers are tied or the Major League lead with 18 home runs. Only the 1932 Yankees (20) and the 2003 Yankees (19) hit more home runs through nine games in franchise history. That’s according to Elias.

FIVE TIMES TWO: The Yankees scored in five separate innings on Friday and Saturday, the first time scored in five different innings in back-to-back games since 2007.

GOOD HITTIN’: The current group of Yankees has a total of just 47 at-bats against Orioles starter Chris Tillman. In those at-bats, though, the Yankees have a .383/.483/.489. Alex Rodriguez is 3-for-6 with a home run against him.

THREE AWAY: Alex Rodriguez has 1,836 career RBI. He needs one to pass Ken Griffey Jr. for sole possession of 13th on baseball’s all-time list, and he needs three to tie Ted Williams and Al Simmons for 11th. With 14 more home runs — doubt he’ll get there today — Rodriguez will tie Griffey Jr. for fifth on baseball’s all-time homers list.

OTHER MILESTONES: Jorge Posada needs one hit to tie Phil Rizzuto for 14th place on the Yankees all-time hits list… Derek Jeter needs two hits to tie Barry Bonds for 32nd place on baseball’s all-time list…. Jeter needs two runs to tie Billy Hamilton for 25th on baseball’s list.

UPDATE, 7:20 p.m.: Granted, Nick Markakis and Derrek Lee both hit the ball hard, but give A.J. Burnett credit for not folding in that first inning. That’s the kind of inning that never went right for him after the first two months of last season. In a couple of hours, we’ll either be talking about that as an inning that showed Burnett wouldn’t buckle, or we’ll look at that as an inning that showed he didn’t quite have it tonight.

UPDATE, 7:26 p.m.: I don’t remember ever seeing Gardner thrown out by that much. Out of Wieters’ hand it was clear Gardner never had a shot.

UPDATE, 7:31 p.m.: And just like that, some of the offensive concerns melt away. Four straight hits, including a home run by Alex Rodriguez, have given the Yankees a 3-0 lead in the first inning.

UPDATE, 8:34 p.m.: So far, so good for the Yankees. The offense has busted out of its slump a little bit — everyone except Posada and Granderson — and A.J. Burnett has handled some early pitch count problems with two fast innings. It’s 6-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth.

UPDATE, 8:53 p.m.: And just like that, Posada joins the party. A solo shot to right field has pushed the lead to 7-0.

UPDATE, 9:20 p.m.: The Yankees have announced that ticket stubs for tonight’s game can be redeemed for free Grandstand Level or Terrace Level tickets for another game this season, subject to availability. Good work by the Yankees to recognize how brutal the weather is tonight.

Meanwhile, A.J. Burnett just allowed two two-run home runs in the seventh, the first blemishes of an otherwise good night. It’s 7-4 and Burnett is being cheers as he walks off the field.

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Game 149: Yankees vs. Orioles09.19.10

YANKEES (90-58)
Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Lance Berkman 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher DH
Jorge Posada C
Curtis Granderson CF
Austin Kearns RF
Ramiro Pena 3B

LHP Andy Pettitte (11-2, 2.88)
Pettitte vs. Orioles

ORIOLES (58-90)
Brian Roberts 2B
Robert Andino 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Jake Fox DH
Ty Wigginton 1B
Corey Patterson LF
Matt Wieters C
Cesar Izturis SS

RHP Chris Tillman (1-4, 6.32)
Tillman vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 1:35 p.m. / YES Network and TBS

UMPIRES: HP Paul Nauert, 1B Brian Gorman, 2B Ted Barrett, 3B Tony Randazzo

WEATHER: Very bright and sunny. Temperatures in the 80s. Very, very slight chance of rain in the late innings, but it’s hard to imagine anything but sunshine this afternoon.

CHANCE TO SWEEP: The Yankees are looking for their seventh series sweep. It would be their third sweep against Baltimore. The Yankees have swept only one road series this year, taking three straight against Oakland in July.

SPEED KILLS: With Brett Gardner’s triple last night, the Yankees now have two players — Gardner and Curtis Granderson — with six triples this season. It’s the second time since 2000 that the Yankees have had teammates with six triples in a season. The other time it happened was 2007 with Melky Cabrera and Robinson Cano.

A GOOD SIGN: From ESPN Research: CC Sabathia is the fourth Yankees pitcher since 1956 — the year the Cy Young Award was first given out — to become the first in the big leagues to reach 20 wins. The previous three times (Bob Turley in 1958, Whitey Ford in 1961 and Ron Guidry in 1978) the pitchers went on to win the Cy Young and the Yankees went on to win the World Series.

UPDATE, 1:51 p.m.: Pretty big round of applause for Pettitte as he took the mound for the first inning. He’s working with a 1-0 lead after Brett Gardner led off with a walk and scored on a two-out single by — who else? — Robinson Cano.

UPDATE, 1:52 p.m.: Bill Madden is reporting that both Joe Torre and Don Mattingly will attend Monday’s ceremony to unveil George Steinbrenner’s monument in Monument Park.

UPDATE, 1:58 p.m.: Clean-up hitter bunting for a hit with two outs and a runner at third? If it doesn’t work, it’s the work play ever, but Adam Jones laid down a beauty and the Orioles have tied the game at 1.

UPDATE, 2:55 p.m.: Chris Tillman walked four in the fourth inning, including Brett Gardner with the bases loaded. The Yankees also got an RBI single from Curtis Granderson and they’re leading 3-1. That’s it for Tillman (obviously).

UPDATE, 3:07 p.m.: So far so good for Pettitte, who’s allowed just one run through four innings. As usual he’s allowed some base runners, but the Orioles haven’t hit him hard and he seems in command through 55 pitches. Girardi said he’d be thrilled with six innings from Pettitte, and that looks possible right now.

UPDATE, 3:41 p.m.: That might be all for Pettitte, and what a return. He’s through six innings, having retired the last 11 batters he faced. It’s a 3-1 Yankees lead and Joba Chamberlain is loose in the Yankees bullpen.

UPDATE, 3:53 p.m.: Chamberlain got his man, now Boone Logan is in to face the pinch hitter Luke Scott. This really doesn’t feel like a two-run game. Feels like the Yankees are running away with this thing, and maybe they should be with eight runners left on base.

UPDATE, 4:16 p.m.: This thing has taken a bit of a turn. The Orioles have closed the gap to 3-2 on three straight singles — beginning with a very good bunt by Corey Patterson — here in the eighth inning. There’s one out, the tying run is at third, the go-ahead run is at second and Kerry Wood is facing the 2 and 3 hitters.

UPDATE, 4:35 p.m.: The bad news is, Mariano Rivera just allowed a game-tying home run in the ninth. The good news is, Koji Uehara is warming for the Orioles.

UPDATE, 5:11 p.m.: The crowd here is booing like crazy, but walking the bases loaded to let a lefty pitch to Lance Berkman is the logical move for the Orioles. Meanwhile, the Yankees have burned through an entire regular season roster to make this inning happen.

UPDATE, 5:13 p.m.: Berkman is here to hit against righties, not lefties. That’s a bad missed opportunity. Meanwhile, Teixeira is staying in to play first, Nunez is staying in to play third, Thames is staying in to play left and Colin Curtis is in to play right. Robertson is still pitching.

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