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Game 18: Yankees at Orioles04.24.11

YANKEES (11-6)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF

RHP Freddy Garcia (1-0, 1.29)
Garcia vs. Orioles

ORIOLES (8-11)
Brian Roberts 2B
Nick Markakis RF
Derrek Lee 1B
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Luke Scott LF
Adam Jones CF
Mark Reynolds 3B
Matt Wieters C
Cesar Izturis SS

RHP Jake Arrieta (0-2, 3.38)
Arrieta vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 1:35 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: Best game-time weather of the year, and it’s not even close. This is a gorgeous day in Baltimore.

UMPIRES: HP Angel Campos, 1B Marvin Hudson, 2B Ted Barrett, 3B Brian Runge

GARCIA IN BALTIMORE: The current group of Orioles has a total of 65 at-bats against Freddy Garcia. They’ve hit .400/.444/.692 against him. Brian Roberts is 10-for-21 with two home runs and four doubles.

YANKEES ON EASTER: Happy Easter to those who celebrate. Since 1960, the Yankees are 14-19 on Easter Sunday. In that stretch, the Yankees have previously played the Orioles on Easter twice. The Yankees won in 1963 and lost in 2007.

GARDY GOES YARDY: The Yankees are 9-0 in games when Brett Gardner hits a home run.

TWO AWAY: Derek Jeter needs two hits to tied Frank Robinson for 31st place on baseball’s all-time hits list. Jeter has 2,941.

READY FOR PAYBACK: Before today’s game, Orioles manager Buck Showalter acknowledged that the Yankees might retaliate for last night’s hit by pitch. “We’ll deal with it,” Showalter said. ”(It was) self-inflicted.”

UPDATE, 1:38 p.m.: Granderson’s seventh home run is a two-run shot for a 2-0 Yankees lead before they make an out.

UPDATE, 2:15 p.m.: So far so good for Freddy Garcia. He loaded the bases in the second but got out of it with a strikeout. He’s walked two already, which might be the biggest concern in these first two innings.

UPDATE, 2:31 p.m.: Three scoreless from Garcia, and he opened the third inning with back-to-back strikeouts. The guy mixes so many pitches, he really seems to do a nice job keeping hitters guessing and off balance. That 87-mph fastball looks pretty fast when it comes immediately after a 72-mph curve.

UPDATE, 2:55 p.m.: Alex Rodriguez just hustled his way to an RBI, beating out the play at first to avoid a double play and drive in Granderson. By the way, just had this conversation with Marc Carig: Right now, is Granderson the best center fielder in the American League? Has to be, right?

UPDATE, 3:20 p.m.: Garcia is through six scoreless. He just keeps changing speeds — in that last at-bat against Guerrero he was mixing a 76-mph curveball with an 89-mph fastball with an 82-mph slider — and it’s working. Nothing overwhelming, just effective.

UPDATE, 3:31 p.m.: Six scoreless from Garcia, now here comes Chamberlain-Soriano-Rivera to handle the seventh, eighth and ninth. It’s still 3-0 Yankees.

UPDATE, 3:37 p.m.: Now it’s a ballgame. Chamberlain just gave up a two-run homer to Mark Reynolds and the Orioles have pulled within 3-2.

UPDATE, 3:44 p.m.: In the top of the eighth, Dave Robertson is getting loose in the bullpen, not Rafael Soriano.

UPDATE, 3:58 p.m.: Runners at the corners with two outs in the eighth, Girardi is turning to Mariano Rivera to face the lefty Luke Scott. Boone Logan was getting loose, but Girardi pulled out the big gun.

UPDATE, 4:02 p.m.: That’s a big-time catch by Gardner in left, and the Yankees are out of the jam. Looked like a sure double off the bat.

UPDATE, 4:35 p.m.: Rivera has now blown a save in back-to-back appearances.

UPDATE, 4:57 p.m.: Nice work by Boone Logan, but now we have a rain delay in the 11th. No good. Not good at all.

UPDATE, 5:12 p.m.: The crew is out to remove the tarp. Looks like the game will begin again shortly.

UPDATE, 5:30 p.m.: Scheduled to resume in five minutes. The tarp is off and the umpires are out.

UPDATE, 5:35 p.m.: Here we go. Cano at the plate. Jason Berken is the new O’s pitcher.

UPDATE, 5:38 p.m.: Cano has extended his hitting streak to 13 games. Meanwhile, Nunez was used to pinch run for Posada, now Chavez will pinch hit for Nunez.

UPDATE, 5:43 p.m.: Logan is getting loose in the bullpen. Looks like he’ll stay in to face Luke Scott in the bottom of this inning.

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Game 11: Yankees vs. Orioles04.14.11

YANKEES (6-4)
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 Phil Hughes (0-1, 16.50)
Hughes vs. Orioles

ORIOLES (6-4)
Brian Roberts 2B
Nick Markakis RF
Derrek Lee 1B
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Luke Scott LF
Adam Jones CF
Mark Reynolds 3B
Matt Wieters C
Cesar Izturis SS

RHP Jake Arrieta (1-1, 8.68)
Arrieta vs. Yankees

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

WEATHER: Finally, a nice night at Yankee Stadium. It was actually a terrific day here in New York. Only slightly chilly at game time. Not too bad. I’ll take it, for sure.

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

CELEBRATING JACKIE: Tomorrow is Jackie Robinson Day. All MLB players, coaches and umpires will wear No. 42. The Yankees will have an on-field ceremony that will include Rachel Robinson — Jackie’s wife — along with their daughter Sharon, two scholars from the Jackson Robinson Foundation and members of the Tuskegee Airmen.

STILL CATCHING, STILL SITTING: According to the Elias Sport Bureau, Russell Martin is the only Major Leaguer to play every one of his team’s innings behind the plate this season. Gustavo Molina is the only MLB player who has been active since Opening Day and has yet to get in a game.

ON TO THE NEXT ONE: Alex Rodriguez needs five RBI to tie Carl Yastrzemski for 10th place on baseball’s all-time RBI list. Yesterday he tied All Simmons and Ted Williams for 11th place.

UPDATE, 7:09 p.m.: Didn’t catch the velocity on Hughes’ first pitch, but I saw all 90-mph fastballs, then a 91, then a 92. The fly ball by Markakis was 90 on the stadium gun.

UPDATE, 7:35 p.m.: A fan right in front of the press box just reacted to a routine pop to second base as if it were a home run. He clearly thought it was gone off the bat. The ball didn’t leave the infield. Meanwhile, Hughes has been 90-91 with his fastball. A few have been 89, but I feel like I’ve seen more 90 and 91. Either way, it’s pretty much the same as before. Nothing drastic one way or the other.

UPDATE, 7:40 p.m.: Nick Markakis hit an 86-mph cutter for a two-run homer.

UPDATE, 7:55 p.m.: Now it’s looking like more 89 than 90 out of Hughes, pretty much exactly what we’ve seen in the first two starts. He just allowed another run on a deep sacrifice fly in the fourth. It’s 3-0 Orioles.

UPDATE, 8:16 p.m.: Hughes is finished after 4.1 innings. He was pulled after an RBI double that put the Orioles in front 4-0. It’s actually been his best start of the year, but his fastball velocity was right back where it’s been, 89-90 and touching 92. Bartolo Colon is in out of the bullpen.

UPDATE, 8:53 p.m.: The Yankees are chipping away, one run in the fifth inning and now a run on Mark Teixeira’s RBI double in the sixth. It’s 5-2 with two on and the heart of the order up.

UPDATE, 8:55 p.m.: Make that 5-3 on Alex Rodriguez’s sacrifice fly.

UPDATE, 9:31 p.m.: After the Yankees pulled within one in the seventh, they now need Joba Chamberlain to keep it there. He’s out of the pen with runners at the corners and one out in the eighth. Nice work by Bartolo Colon to give the Yankees a shot. I still can’t believe how well that signing has worked out so far. Even if this is all the Yankees get out of Colon, he’s been a good low-money gamble by Brian Cashman. Kind of the opposite of the Pedro Feliciano deal.

UPDATE, 9:34 p.m.: Seeing it live, I thought Pie touched the plate. Seeing the replay, I think he was out. See, that extra weight on Joba came in handy. It’s hard to move him.

UPDATE, 9:48 p.m.: Had a chance to tie there in the eighth, but Swisher grounded to second with two on and two outs. It’s still 5-4 heading into the top of the ninth.

UPDATE, 10:04 p.m.: The Yankees have officially overcome the Phil Hughes deficit. Jorge Posada’s leadoff homer in the ninth has sent us into extra innings. Curtis Granderson followed the home run with a double, but Martin, Gardner and Jeter left him stranded. Here’s Rivera in the top of the 10th, tied at 5.

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Game 139: Yankees vs. Orioles09.07.10

YANKEES (86-52)
Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Lance Berkman DH
Jorge Posada C
Curtis Granderson CF
Ramiro Pena 3B

LHP CC Sabathia (19-5, 3.02)
Sabathia vs. Orioles

ORIOLES (52-86)
Brian Roberts 2B
Felix Pie LF
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 1B
Adam Jones CF
Nolan Reimold DH
Craig Tatum C
Robert Andino SS
Josh Bell 3B

RHP Jake Arrieta (4-6, 5.11)
Arrieta vs. Yankees

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

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

WEATHER: High 70s. No real chance of rain. Little bit of wind blowing out to left field.

WELCOME BACK: This will be Baltimore shortstop Robert Andino’s first big league game of the season. He was one of their September call-ups, but he’s played in the big leagues in the past.

NOT HIS FIRST TIME: Baltimore starter Jake Arrieta made his big league debut against the Yankees in June, and he got the win. Of course, it was the Yankees first time seeing him, so it’s only natural that they couldn’t beat him.

FOUR AND O: CC Sabathia has four wins against the Orioles this season, and a win today would make him the fourth Yankee to beat the Orioles five times in one season. The last to do it was Andy Pettitte in 2003. In his career, Sabathia is 13-1 against the Orioles. Elias says Sabathia’s .929 winning percentage against the O’s is the second highest among all pitches with at least 10 starts vs. Baltimore, trailing Boston’s Jon Lester, who’s 13-0 in 16 starts.

UPDATE, 7:17 p.m.: Did anyone see this coming? Five straight batters have reached base, the Orioles have a 3-0 lead and Sabathia still hasn’t gotten an out.

UPDATE, 7:25 p.m.: All things considered, 26 pitches isn’t too bad for Sabathia. Could have been a lot worse giving the four hits, one walk and three runs. He retired three in a row to strand two runners and keep it a 3-0 game.

UPDATE, 7:34 p.m.: Yankees so far doing their best to pickup Sabathia. Cano has singled in a run and there are still two on with one out for Swisher. It’s 3-1.

UPDATE, 7:45 p.m.: I have no idea how to make my computer type the symbol, but right now Felix Pie’s name on scoreboard is Felix and then the math symbol for pi. I love it.

UPDATE, 8:02 p.m.: Two-run home run by Nolan Reimold, and now it’s 5-1 Orioles.

UPDATE, 8:32 p.m.: Sending Berkman with no outs is a risky decision, but Berkman had a great slide to avoid the tag and cut the lead to 5-2.

UPDATE, 9:01 p.m.: Off the bat, Mark Feinsand and I both thought Cano’s ball was out of here. Instead, it was caught at the wall and the Yankees are still trailing 5-2 after six innings.

UPDATE, 9:11 p.m.: Sabathia is finished after a rough start. He leaves with two on and one out in the seventh inning. He’s allowed six runs — five earned — which is his highest run total of the season.

UPDATE, 9:30 p.m.: Hey look, it’s Alex Rodriguez. He’s pinch hitting for Ramiro Pena with runners at the corners in bottom of the seventh. It’s 6-2.

UPDATE, 9:38 p.m.: In an inning that included an 8-4 fielder’s choice and a 5-6-4 fielder’s choice, the Yankees couldn’t get a run in the seventh and still trail 6-2.

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Game 60: Yankees at Orioles06.10.10

YANKEES (37-22)
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Marcus Thames LF
Chad Moeller C

RHP A.J. Burnett (6-3, 3.72)
Career vs. Orioles

ORIOLES (16-43)
Corey Patterson LF
Miguel Tejada 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 1B
Luke Scott LF
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Scott Moore 2B
Cesar Izturis SS

RHP Jake Arrieta (NR)
Major League debut

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

UMPIRES: HP Sam Holbrook, 1B Greg Gibson, 2B D.J. Reyburn, 3B Gerry Davis

WEATHER: Yesterday was a little touch-and-go with the weather but today is much nicer. It’s not supposed to get out of the 80s until after the game.

10-0 AGAINST THE O’s: The Yankees have won 10 straight against the Orioles, which matchers their most consecutive wins against the O’s since the club moved to Baltimore prior to the 1954 season. If the Yankees win tonight, the 11-game winning streak against the franchise will be the longest since 1941 when the Orioles franchise played in St. Louis as the Browns.

LEAGUE OF HER OWN: On Friday, 85-year-old Lavonne “Pepper” Paire will attend the Yankees game against the Astros as a special guest of the Yankees. She was a 10-year veteran of the All-American Girls Professional League.

MORE ABOUT CANO: I think I could write a pregame note about Cano every single day this season. Today’s note is this one: He has 88 hits through the first 59 games. According to Elias, the last Yankees with 88 or more hits through 60 games was Derek Jeter who had 89 in 1999.

JETER STREAKING: Speaking of Jeter, he’s reached safely — hit, walk or HBP — in 27 straight games, tying Evan Longoria for the longest active streak in the Majors. Kevin Youkilis also had a 27-game on-base streak earlier this season.

UPDATE, 7:27 p.m.: Burnett has faced six batters and hit three of them. Two official hit by pitches, and another batter who was actually hit on a strikeout pitch. Orioles lead 1-0.

UPDATE, 7:30 p.m.: It’s 2-0 Baltimore. Not the best start for Burnett.

UPDATE, 7:32 p.m.: Probably not good news. Ramiro Pena is pinch hitting for Alex Rodriguez.

UPDATE 7:38 p.m.: A foul ball was just lined into the press box, going perfectly between Bryan Hoch and I. Seriously, it split the uprights of our laptops. Meanwhile, Cano has a one-out double in the second inning.

UPDATE, 7:40 p.m.: Curtis Granderson gets one into the corner with two outs to score Cano and pull the Yankees within 2-1.

UPDATE, 7:55 p.m.: Welcome to the big leagues kid. You can’t walk Chad Moeller up here. Moeller scored from first on Derek Jeter’s double, Jeter took third on the throw home and Nick Swisher gave the Yankees the lead with a sac fly to right. It’s now 3-2 Yankees.

UPDATE, 8:40 p.m.: Scott Moore’s first home run has tied the game at 3.

UPDATE, 8:56 p.m.: The flags indicate absolutely no wind here at Camden, but that ball from Luke Scott just kept carrying to right field. Nick Swisher tried to make a leaping catch at the wall, missed it, and Scott got a triple.

UPDATE, 9:18 p.m.: Two outs and runners at first and second, Cervelli is pinch hitting for Pena here in the seventh inning. Would Girardi be willing to keep Cervelli in the game at third base?

UPDATE, 9:24 p.m.: Cervelli struck out and Girardi made the move that makes the most sense. Russo will enter the game at third, and Cervelli will stay in to catch.

UPDATE, 9:40 p.m.: Remember when Jake Arrieta seemed infinitely hitable in the second and third innings? That seems like a long, long time ago. Even against this bad Baltimore bullpen, the Yankees have been held scoreless since the third inning. They’ve had some chances, but a 4-3 lead stands with Chan Ho Park coming out to pitch the bottom of the eighth.

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