Robinson Cano continued to tear things up with a solo homer in the sixth, bringing the Yankees within a run of Los Angeles. New York’s renewed hope was short-lived, however, when the Angels put up some insurance runs in the seventh. Damaso Marte replaced Alfredo Aceves with one out and promptly walked Bobby Abreu and hit Torii Hunter with a pitch. Hideki Matsui hit into a fielder’s choice, but Kendry Morales smacked a three-run homer to left center, giving the Angels the 8-4 lead.
Javier Vazquez: He got threw the first couple innings relatively unscathed, but completely fell apart in the fourth. He gave up five runs on five hits in just 3.2 innings. Vazquez gave up three walks and struck out three.
Damaso Marte: Remember during the playoffs when Marte was actually pretty awesome? Well, that was most definitely not the pitcher who was throwing for the Yankees Sunday. Marte gave up three runs on one hit and a walk in just .2 innings.
Jeter, Swisher, Teixeira and Rodriguez: The Yankee’s lineup did almost nothing against the Angels and this is best represented by the first four batters. They went a combined 0-13 with three walks. Jeter had an RBI.
Robinson Cano: Robbie went 1-3 with a RBI and two runs scored. He was hit by a pitch and also hit a homerun.
The rest of the bullpen: Boone Logan, Alfredo Aceves and Sergio Mitre handled the Angels lineup pretty well. In a combine 3.2 innings, Logan was the only one who gave up a hit and Mitre walked two batters.
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The Yankees next stop: The White House. For the Yankees who were part of the 2009 World Series team, they will spend part of their off day meeting President Obama, before heading to Baltimore for their first series this season against the Orioles. Phil Hughes looks to continue his impressive start to the season on Tuesday when he takes the mound against Kevin Millwood. Hughes has started the season with a 2-0 record and a 2.19 ERA. In his last outing, he took a no hitter through seven innings, before a fluke hit started off the eighth inning. Millwood is searching for his first win of the season with the struggling Orioles. He is 0-3 with a 3.38 ERA. Despite being winless, Millwood has shown some impressive stuff. He has 24 strikeouts and only four walks so far this year. First pitch will be thrown at 7:05pm on Tuesday at Camden Yards.