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Game 41: Yankees at Orioles05.18.11

YANKEES (21-19)
Derek Jeter DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Adam Jones LF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Francisco Cervelli C

RHP Bartolo Colon (2-2, 3.74)
Colon vs. Orioles

ORIOLES (19-21)
Felix Pie LF
Adam Jones CF
Nick Markakis RF
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Luke Scott 1B
Matt Wieters C
J.J. Hardy SS
Mark Reynolds 3B
Robert Andino 2B

LHP Zach Britton (5-2, 2.42)
Britton vs. Yankees

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

WEATHER: The Counting Crows warned us this might happen. It’s been raining in Baltimore, but right now the sky is clear and looks promising. There’s a chance of a storm later tonight, though.

UMPIRES: HP Dan Bellino, 1B Larry Vanover, 2B Brian Gorman, 3B Tony Randazzo

IT’S OVER: The Yankees snapped a six-game losing streak with a win last night at the Trop. It was only their third losing streak of six-or-more games since 2001.

TWICE IS NICE: Alex Rodriguez hit two home runs last night, giving him 59 multi-homer games in his career. That’s the most among active players and the seventh most all-time. It was Rodriguez’s 26th multi-homer game as a Yankees, the fifth most in franchise history behind Babe Ruth (68), Mickey Mantle (46), Lou Gehrig (43) and Joe DiMaggio (35).

THE REAL WORLD: New York University held its graduation at Yankee Stadium today. It was the fourth consecutive year that NYU held its graduation at the stadium. Former President Bill Clinton gave the commencement speech.

ON THIS DATE: On May 18, 1956, Mickey Mantle hit a home run from both sides of the plate for the third time in his career. It was an 8-7 Yankees win in extra innings against the White Sox.

UPDATE, 8:00 p.m.: Two hits already for Alex Rodriguez, with his second opening the door to a 1-0 Yankees lead in the top of the fourth. Nick Markakis did the Yankees some favors here with his offline throw to the plate.

UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: Hard to explain that one. Rodriguez was clearly going to be out, and the play was unfolding in front of it. I honestly can’t figure out why he thought it was a good idea to round first and try to stretch a single into a double.

UPDATE, 9:03 p.m.: Colon got out of a rare semi-jam in the seventh, and the Yankees are still holding that slim 1-0 lead in the top of the eighth. Still hard to believe Colon’s this good, but he’s done it time after time. Guess I shouldn’t be surprised at this point.

UPDATE, 9:19 p.m.: He keeps getting better. What an inning by Colon, punctuated by a strikeout and a bailout (taking Cervelli off the hook for his bad throw to second). Colon’s thrown 87 pitches. Send him back for the ninth? I say yes.

UPDATE, 9:35 p.m.: Unreal. Absolutely unreal. Tied at 1 after nine. Blown save by Rivera. I always forget, can you or can you not predict baseball?

UPDATE, 10:25 p.m.: Credit Teixeira with a game-saving play and Boone Logan with two potentially job-saving outs.

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Spring Training Game 26: Yankees at Orioles03.22.11

YANKEES (9-13-3)
Melky Mesa CF
Nick Swisher DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Andruw Jones RF
Jesus Montero C
Greg Golson LF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Ronnie Belliard 2B
Brandon Laird 3B

RHP Sergio Mitre (1-0, 2.25)
Mitre vs. Orioles

ORIOLES (10-11-2)
Brian Roberts 2B
Nick Markakis RF
Matt Wieters C
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Luke Scott LF
Adam Jones CF
Mark Reynolds 3B
J.J. Hardy SS
Jake Fox 1B

LHP Zach Britton (1-0, 0.00)
Britton vs. Yankees

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

WEATHER: Bright and sunny, and as Joe Girardi said pregame, it’s unusually calm. There’s usually a lot of wind, but today’s not too bad for this place. The flags are blowing out to center field, but it’s not as overwhelming as usual.

UMPIRES: HP Manny Gonzalez, 1B Bill Welke, 2B Chad Fairchild, 3B Darren Budahn

ON THE LINE: Sergio Mitre is still in the rotation competition, but he seems to be the most natural fit in the open long-relief spot. That’s technically on the line, but in reality, the most important thing we’ll learn today is whether Curtis Granderon’s oblique injury leaves him doubtful for Opening Day.

OUT OF THE BULLPEN FOR THE YANKEES: Joba Chamberlain is making his first appearance since a sore oblique. Mark Prior, Luis Ayala and Romulo Sanchez are also on this trip and likely to pitch.

OUT OF THE BULLPEN FOR THE ORIOLES: LHP Michael Gonzalez and RHP Jason Berken.

LATE SCRATCH: Still waiting for any sort of update on Granderson’s oblique. The Yankees have seen a series of oblique injuries this spring (including three guys player in today’s game: Chamberlain, Golson and Mitre).

LIKE A FOX: Orioles first baseman Jake Fox has seven home runs, the most of any major leaguer this spring.

UPDATE, 1:27 p.m.: Golson singled in his first at-bat back. Have to think he could sneak onto the Opening Day roster if this Granderson injury is serious.

Also, it’s 1-0 Orioles after an inning and a half. Mitre allowed a run on two hits in the first inning.

UPDATE, 1:45 p.m.: The Yankees have tied it on an RBI grounder to short by Teixeira. Really, Mesa created the run. He singled, took second on Swisher’s single and alertly advanced to third on a ball in the dirt.

UPDATE, 2:05 p.m.: Might see some of the minor league pitchers today. Mitre is struggled in his second appearance against the Orioles. In this third inning he’s balked in one run and allowed two home runs, a solo shot by Jake Fox and a two-run homer by Luke Scott. It’s 5-1 Orioles.

UPDATE, 2:19 p.m.: Might be a little more wind up high because Mark Reynolds just went deep on a ball that looked like a fly out off the bat. Instead, it was a one-out home run off Joba Chamberlain, who entered the game in the fourth after Mitre struggled through his three innings.

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Spring Training Game 11: Yankees at Orioles03.07.11

YANKEES (4-5-1)
Derek Jeter SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Andruw Jones DH
Justin Maxwell LF
Greg Golson CF
Melky Mesa RF
Austin Romine C

RHP Sergio Mitre (0-0, 0.00)
Mitre vs. Orioles

ORIOLES (4-2-1)
Brian Roberts 2B
Nick Markakis RF
Luke Scott 1B
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Mark Reynolds 3B
Adam Jones CF
Felix Pie LF
Matt Wieters C
J.J. Hardy SS

LHP Zach Britton (0-0, 0.00)
Britton vs. Yankees

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., not on television

WEATHER: Sunny skies right now. Shouldn’t be a any sort of weather issues when night falls.

UMPIRES:

ON THE LINE: This is Mitre’s first spring start after pitching twice out of the bullpen. He’s being looked at as a possible back-of-the-rotation starter, though he could just as easily slide back into his long-relief role… The Yankees are not bringing any relievers who are expected to break camp on the major league roster.

OUT OF THE BULLPEN FOR THE YANKEES: Likely Triple-A starters Adam Warren and D.J. Mitchell will be the first two out of the pen for the Yankees. Andy Sisco and Ryan Pope are also available.

BULLPEN FOR THE ORIOLES: RHP Kevin Gregg, RHP Jeremy Accardo, RHP David Riske and LHP Clay Rapada

UPDATE, 7:39 p.m.: Another monster throw from Greg Golson, this time on the fly from center field to home plate to get Mark Reynolds trying to score from second on a single. Hard to beat last year’s throw against Tampa Bay, but this one was pretty impressive. Melky Mesa started bowing to him from right field.

UPDATE, 8:06 p.m.: Mitre went three scoreless, allowing three hits and striking out three. He threw 47 pitches, 32 for strikes.

UPDATE, 9:08 p.m.: Hard to say much about a scoreless spring training game. Just finished talking to Sergio Mitre who thought he was better in his previous outing. He said he felt like he was pushing the ball through his early innings, but he settled in at the end and started pitching much better.

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