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New York Yankees Lose in Lackluster Fashion to the Baltimore Orioles; AL East Lead Down to Two Games

August 31st, 2012 at 10:19 PM
By Karen Vankat

The New York Yankees looked lethargic in a, 6-1 loss to the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium which cut their AL East lead to two games.

'Nick Swisher' photo (c) 2009, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Miguel Gonzalez started for the Orioles and was stellar going seven innings and gave up four hits struck out nine with one walk. Nick Swisher was the biggest victim of the Gonzalez off speed pitch getting the golden sombrero with four strikeouts.

Mark Reynolds was the defensive and offensive hero for the Orioles getting two home runs with three RBIs and made two sparkling defensive plays with a couple of dives to prevent two Yankee rallys.

New York starter Hiroki Kuroda gave up four runs for the first time in 10 starts. Kuroda went  8 1/3 innings and gave up four runs on eight hits struck out four and had no walks. As has been in most of his starts this year the Yankees didn't give their pitcher any run support.

Derek Lowe relieved Kuroda and gave up two runs on four hits including Reynolds second home run of the game. Curtis Granderson would spoil the shut out in the ninth hitting a solo shot which gave the Yankees their 200 Major League leading home run. 

The Yankees only mustered five hits, one walk and struck out 12 times in the loss. New York's lead which was 10 games at the beginning of August has shrunk to only two games. Tampa Bay lost which keeps them 4 1/2 games back of New York.

Baltimore is 57-0 when leading after seven innings which shows what consistent pitching they have had all season. Everyone should sit up and take notice that the Orioles are for real and if their pitching holds up will be a force down the stretch.

Injury Reports

Alex Rodriguez was DHing for Class A-Tampa and went 0-3 with a walk and one run scored.

Pedro Feliciano pitched one inning for Staten Island Yankees and gave up a solo shot, one hit and no walks.

Mark Teixeira is looking to get back by the Tampa series next week.

Andy Pettitte threw 20 pitches from a mound and felt good.

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Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Andy Pettitte, Baltimore Orioles, Baseball, Hiroki Kuroda, Mark Reynolds, MLB, New York, New York Yankees

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