Game 131: Yankees 8, Orioles 3

The Yankees’ bats were lackluster in the first game of the doubleheader, but they came alive in the second game, despite Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez sitting on the bench.  A pair of bombs from Curtis “I’m not a home run hitter” Granderson and a strong outing from Ivan Nova helped the Yankees get back on a winning track, as they won 8-3.

New York fell behind early as Nick Markakis doubled to left in the first inning.  He moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sac fly form Adam Jones for a 1-0 lead.  They added another run in the second when a single by Mark Reynolds was followed by a double from Ryan Adams.

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Game 130: Yankees 0, Orioles 2

After weathering Irene in their Baltimore hotel, the Yankees opened up a doubleheader with the Orioles Sunday afternoon.  Starting pitching has been a problem for the Yankees in August, but Bartolo Colon put together a strong outing.  Unfortunately, the Yankees’ offense was still hibernating and they took a 2-0 loss to Baltimore.

The game stayed scoreless through six innings, as both Colon and Zach Britton kept the offenses guessing.  Neither team managed more than one baserunner in an inning.  Nick Markakis gave the Orioles lineup some energy, when he started the bottom of the seventh with a double to right.  Vladimir Guerrero knocked a one out single to right field, momentarily forgetting that he has slowed down a bit and getting thrown out easily at second.  Unfortunately, Markakis crossed the plate for the first run of the game, giving Baltimore a 1-0 lead.

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What the Buck?

I’ve been having a blast riding out Hurricane Irene in Baltimore, so I didn’t get much of a chance to weigh in on the controversy over the scheduling of this series around the storm, but suffice it to say that I’ve certainly heard a lot about it in Baltimore.

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Reminder: TYA Mobile App Now Available for iPhone Users

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Games 130+131-Let’s play two, win two one

As we all wake up from one of the most over hyped weather events in the history of New York City, the Yanks find themselves two games in back of the division leading Red Sox. They’re tied in the loss column, but 4 games back in terms of wins. They have an excellent chance to pick up two of them today, with anyone but AJ pitching Bartolo Colon going in the 1:00 game (660 WFAN radio/YES) facing lefty Zach Britton (7-9 4.54 ERA). The evening contest features Ivan Nova facing the struggling Brian Matusz (1-6 8.92) going for the birds. Continue reading Games 130+131-Let’s play two, win two one

Games 130+131-Let's play two, win two one

As we all wake up from one of the most over hyped weather events in the history of New York City, the Yanks find themselves two games in back of the division leading Red Sox. They’re tied in the loss column, but 4 games back in terms of wins. They have an excellent chance to pick up two of them today, with anyone but AJ pitching Bartolo Colon going in the 1:00 game (660 WFAN radio/YES) facing lefty Zach Britton (7-9 4.54 ERA). The evening contest features Ivan Nova facing the struggling Brian Matusz (1-6 8.92) going for the birds. Continue reading Games 130+131-Let's play two, win two one

Britton brilliant as Baltimore blanks Bombers 2-0

This was the Zach Britton Baltimore’s been waiting for all season. The young lefthander had the Yankees completely fooled with a filthy two-seamer (Ken Singleton and Michael Kay kept calling it a sinker, but Brooks has it as a two-seamer) that racked up an absurd -3.6007 linear weights, complemented by a superb slider, and hurling seven shutout innings — yielding only four hits, walking one and striking out five — that led the Orioles to a 2-0 shutout of the Yankees, for Baltimore’s season-high sixth straight victory (and the Yankees’ sixth time being shutout in 2011). Britton was so good Continue reading Britton brilliant as Baltimore blanks Bombers 2-0

Window closing on AJ’s rotation spot?-UPDATE

I know many die-hard Yankee fans have been waiting for a sign from Yankee decision makers that AJ Burnett is in danger of losing his spot in the Yankee rotation. To date, Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi have been staunch defenders of AJ, but at least one of those men have opened the door for dropping him from the current 6 man rotation.  Mark Fiensand of the New York Daily News has the details. First set of quotes come from Yankee manager Joe Girardi: “With all these doubleheaders, we’ve got to play games,” Girardi said. “We need six men.” Asked Continue reading Window closing on AJ’s rotation spot?-UPDATE

Window closing on AJ's rotation spot?-UPDATE

I know many die-hard Yankee fans have been waiting for a sign from Yankee decision makers that AJ Burnett is in danger of losing his spot in the Yankee rotation. To date, Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi have been staunch defenders of AJ, but at least one of those men have opened the door for dropping him from the current 6 man rotation.  Mark Fiensand of the New York Daily News has the details. First set of quotes come from Yankee manager Joe Girardi: “With all these doubleheaders, we’ve got to play games,” Girardi said. “We need six men.” Asked Continue reading Window closing on AJ's rotation spot?-UPDATE