Game 20: Yankees 8, Orioles 3

In the bottom of the third, Nick Markakis singled.  Ty Wigginton hit a double to right and Markakis scored on a ground out by Miguel Tejada, giving Baltimore its first run of the night.  The Yankees got the run back when Johnson walked to lead off the fifth.  He scored after back-to-back singles by Cano and Cervelli.  The Yankees got their final run in the top of the sixth when Swisher, Brett Gardner and Jeter hit back-to-back-to-back singles, giving the Yankees a commanding 8-1 lead.

Tejada led off the bottom of the inning with a double and moved to third on a single by Garrett Atkins.  Nolan Reimold sent a sac fly to right and Tejada scored.  Markakis hit a solo homer in the bottom of the seventh, to put the score at 8-3, but that was as close as the Orioles would get as Joba Chamberlain and Sergio Mitre did their part to finish out the game.

Bronx Cheers:
(really not much to complain about in last night’s game)

Alex Rodriguez: He did have a RBI, but he was also the only Yankee (with an at bat) to go without a hit.  He was 0-4.

Curtain Calls:
Robinson Cano: The Yankee second baseman has had a monster April and he continued it last night.  He went 2-5 with a solo homer, his team leading sixth homerun of the season.

Nick Swisher: Swisher continued to show that he is a road warrior for the Yankees, going 3-5 with a triple, two runs scored and two RBIs.

Curtis Granderson: After going 0-17, Granderson broke through on Wednesday.  He went 2-5 with a run scored.

Francisco Cervelli: Originally not slated to play on Wednesday, the young backstop had a solid game behind the plate once Posada left the game with a knee injury.  He went 2-4 with an RBI and got CC through a game where he did not necessarily have all his stuff working, giving up eleven hits but only three runs.

Injury Update:
Nick Johnson: Having started, it looks like Johnson has recovered from his stiff back, he even got a hit!

Chan Ho Park: Park is back in Tampa and word is he has not progressed as quickly as the Yankees would hope.

Jorge Posada: After getting hit in the knee with a pitch yesterday, Posada gingerly made his way around the bases before being removed from the game.  He is listed as day-to-day and Girardi has said he is not available for tonight’s game and depending on how Posada is today they may call Chad Moeller up from Scranton.

In the On Deck Circle:

The Yankees will finish up their series against the Orioles tonight, sending AJ Burnett to the mound against Brian Matusz.  Burnett struggled in his last outing, but escaped with a no-decision.  He has historically been successful against the Orioles, going 9-2, albeit he has clearly had some offensive support as his ERA against Baltimore sits at 5.23.  Matusz is having a strong start to his rookie season.  He has a nasty changeup and was quite successful in his one outing against the Yankees, pitching seven innings at Yankee Stadium and only giving up one run.  First pitch will be thrown at 7:05pm.

Tamar has written for IIATMS since July 2009, having started off writing game recaps before shifting to the minor leagues. Born in Connecticut and having lived all over the country and in South Korea, Tamar now finds herself "temporarily misplaced" in New Hampshire. Please send help.