Game Thread: Orioles vs. Yankees, Sunday April 14

The Yankees and Orioles have split the first two games of their series, in a snapshot of what the entire season will be like in the AL East, with no one team in a position to dominate the others. The Yankees don’t need to win today’s rubber match, but it would be good if they did. A win will move them back above .500, and it will also defend their home field. Hiroki Kuroda takes the mound for the Pinstripes. Kuroda has yet to have a good start this year. Now would be a good time for him to get into a groove. Baltimore will counter with Wei-Yin Chen, who has pitched decently in his two starts this year. Use this as your game thread. Enjoy!… Click here to read the rest

Stronger than expected

It would be an understatement to say that the Yankees started the season flat. But all it took was a couple games in Cleveland for the Bombers to start exceeding expectations. Five wins and five losses is far from a hot start, but it leaves the Yankees just one game behind the Red Sox for the AL East lead, and it is precisely the kind of performance the Yankees need to remain in the hunt until Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson and Derek Jeter return.

Most of the focus has fallen on Kevin Youkilis, Travis Hafner and Vernon Wells, new Yankees who have gotten off to unsustainable hot starts to help keep the team competitive, but the best two players on the team have been old hands: Robinson Cano and CC Sabathia. Cano started the season right where he left things off in the playoffs. He was ice cold. Since the opening round versus Boston, however, Robbie has caught fire.… Click here to read the rest

Orioles 5, Yankees 3: Booooooooooughes

Well, that wasn’t fun.

Phil Hughes couldn’t find the plate and the Orioles took advantage early. Hughes only lasted three innings, gave up five runs on nine hits, walked two and gave up three home runs.

But hey, a good thing was that the bullpen, David Phelps, Joba Chamberlain and David Robertson, combined to toss six scoreless innings giving up only two hits, striking out seven and not allowing a free pass.

Some good things:

Tomorrow’s the rubber game with Hiroki Kuroda facing off against Wei-Yin Chen. And don’t forget, it’s an 8:05 p.m. ESPN Sunday Night game so prepare yourselves well in advance.… Click here to read the rest

Game 10: At least it’s not a Fox game

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I wonder what will happen in today’s game. Will there be another set of crazy plays that change the complexion of the game? Or will it be an ordinary, run of the mill, Saturday late afternoon game?

I’m hoping if something crazy happens, it will be in the Yankees’ favor again.

We posted the Yankees’ lineup earlier but here it is again, along with Baltimore’s.

YANKEES
Brett Gardner CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Travis Hafner DH
Vernon Wells LF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Francisco Cervelli C
Lyle Overbay 1B
Jayson Nix SS

Phil Hughes RHP

ORIOLES
Nate McLouth LF
Manny Machado 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters C
J.J. Hardy SS
Ryan Flaherty 2B
Nolan Reimold DH

Jason Hammel RHP

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Today’s Yankee lineup: 4/13/13

Here’s the Yankee lineup that will be facing Jason Hammel:

Gardner 8
Cano 4
Youkilis 5
Hafner dh
Wells 7
Ichiro 9
Cervelli 2
Overbay 3
Nix 6

Phil Hughes will be making his second start of the year. In his first outing, Hughes lasted only four innings and took the loss against the Tigers April 6.

Eduardo Nunez is sitting after being plunked last night. The diagnosis after x-rays were negative was a bruised wrist. He’s day-to-day.… Click here to read the rest

The Farm Report: 4/12/13 – Bichette plays hero in extra innings

Tampa was the only Yankee affiliate to come up completely empty tonight, as they struggled against Daytona. Meanwhile, Dante Bichette had the game-winning hit for Charleston who defeated Augusta in extra innings. Of course, while Charleston was seeing extra baseball, Trenton’s game got called an inning early as the rain held off just long enough for them to get the comeback win over Richmond. Unfortunately, Slade Heathcott was scratched before the game and it looks like he is headed to the DL – and we haven’t even gotten through April.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was rained out – again.

Trenton beat Richmond 5-3(8 innings due to rain):
The Flying Squirrels struck early when Adam Duvall doubled in the top of the second. Mark Minicozzi drew a walk and Andrew Susac doubled in Duvall for the first run. A sac fly by Brett Krill put Richmond up 2-0. Jose Pirela flew a double to center in the third, scoring on a line drive single by Tyler Austin.… Click here to read the rest

Yankees 5, Orioles 2: You score that a 4-6-5-6-5-3-4 triple play

I mean…

First Yankees’ triple play since 2010

I know other stuff happened in this game but the triple play was extremely important and occurred in a spot where it was desperately needed. In the seventh inning of a tied game, with men on first and second, with no outs and with a 3-2 count on Manny Machado, CC Sabathia looked like he was going to be in trouble. Then, it happened.

And this time when the play was over, it really was a triple play, unlike the play in the July 1, 2004 game that Michael Kay mistakenly called a triple play. Ahem.

Sabathia pitched eight strong innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on eight hits with nine strike outs. He didn’t walk a batter. The unearned run happened in the top of the seventh after Youkilis made an error at third and then first base umpire called a balk on Sabathia and the runner who advanced to second scored on a single.… Click here to read the rest