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New York Yankees Split Series with Baltimore Orioles and Reclaim One Game Lead in AL East

September 9th, 2012 at 8:51 PM
By Karen Vankat

The New York Yankees' bats came alive as they defeated the Baltimore Orioles, 13-3 earning a split of this four-game set.

'Curtis Granderson' photo (c) 2012, Keith Allison - license:

Curtis Granderson, who was mired in a 5-for-43 slump, came in as a pinch hitter for Andruw Jones in the sixth and hit the first pitch he saw for his 35th home run of the season. Granderson went 3-for-3 including a single, double and five RBIs. Derek Jeter was the DH and went 2-for-4 including a home run and three RBIs.

Overall the Yankees offense pounded out 14 hits, while the bullpen was stellar holding the Orioles scoreless the rest of the way. Another short outing for Freddy Garcia who only went three and a third innings and gave up three runs on three hits with one strikeout and one walk. Garcia was cruising till the fourth when issued a lead off walk to Nate McLouth then hit J.J. Hardy. Wilson Betemit followed with a two RBI double and Matt Wieters singled home the third Oriole's run ending Garcia's afternoon.

'Joba Chamberlain' photo (c) 2012, Keith Allison - license:

Joba Chamberlain got the win in his best outing since coming off the DL. Chamberlain went 1 2/3 innings no hits, one walk and struck out four. Following Chamberlain, Boone Logan, Corey Wade and Derek Lowe combined for four innings of work with one hit, one walk and five strikeouts.

Everyone in the starting lineup for New York got at least one hit except Steve Pearce and Nick Swisher who went 0-4 and is currently 0-27 on this road trip. One wonders how long manager Joe Girardi will keep him in the two hole. With the status of Mark Teixeira being so uncertain Swisher, Jones (3-for-25 in his last 10 games) and Ibanez (2-for-24) need to step it up and contribute more to this offense. Hopefully what we saw out of Granderson today is sign of good things to come.

Alex Rodriguez picked up where he left off back in July before going on the DL and since he's been back he is 8 -for-30 with six RBIs, seven runs scored, two home runs and six walks. Alex needs to carry this offense and is more than capable of doing it.

The Yankees knocked Orioles starter Zach Britton out of the game in the fourth. Britton got himself in trouble with consecutive walks to Robinson Cano, Russell Martin and Steve Pearce. Then he would allow back-to-back singles by Jayson Nix and Ichiro Suzuki. Britton would walk Jeter to end his afternoon which was a short 3 1/3 innings and he gave up five runs on five hits with five walks, a wild pitch and two strikeouts.

After a day off tomorrow the Yankees head to Boston for a three game series to conclude this road trip.

Pinstripe Points

Mark Teixeira will have a MRI tomorrow to check the extent of the calf injury.

Andy Pettitte simulated game action today throwing 40 pitches and will meet with the doctor in New York tomorrow to see if he can start running and covering bases.

Ivan Nova was activated from the DL and will start working out of the bullpen for now.


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Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Baltimore Orioles, Baseball, Curtis Granderson, Derek Jeter, Joba Chamberlain, MLB, New York, New York Yankees

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