Hello everyone! I'm David Cassilo, and I will be taking you through this afternoon's contest between the Yankees and the Orioles. With their win and a Red Sox loss last night, the Yankees are now in first place, and today they will look to sweep the Orioles and win their sixth game in a row.
In yesterday's game, the Yankees got a solid performance from Sergio Mitre, who was making his first start in two years. Mitre, who was admittedly maybe too excited, settled down after giving up one run in the first and left after allowing three earned runs through five-and-two-thirds inning.
Mitre received some help from Alex Rodriguez, who hit a two-RBI single in the third inning and Robinson Cano, who blasted a two-run home run in the fourth inning to give the Yankees a cushion.
The Yankees have now won nine straight home games against the Orioles.
PITCHING MATCHUP: 32-year old right-hander A.J. Burnett (8-4, 3.81 ERA) will make his second start since the all-star break today. In his first, Burnett allowed three runs over six innings in a no decision against the Tigers.
Burnett has not faced the Orioles since the opening week of the season when he beat Baltimore while allowing two runs over five-and-one-third innings. In his career against Baltimore, Burnett is 8-1 but has an ERA of 4.83.
The Orioles will hope rookie Jason Berken (1-7, 6.44 ERA) can find some luck today against the Yankees. After allowing just four runs total in two previous starts, Berken was rocked by the White Sox in his last start, allowing six runs in four-and-a-third innings.
The one thing Berken does have working for him is that no Yankee hitter has ever faced him.
I will be back for first pitch.
Top of the first: Brian Roberts strikes out. Adam Jones singles to center field. Nick Markakis grounds into a fielder's choice. Aubrey Huff flies out to center field.
Bottom of the first: Derek Jeter doubles to left-center. Johnny Damon lines out to right field. Mark Teixeira singles to center field. Alex Rodriguez hits an RBI single into center field to give New York a 1-0 lead. Hideki Matsui grounds into a fielder's choice. Jorge Posada walks to load the bases. Robinson Cano hits an RBI infield single to second base, and the Yankees lead 2-0. Nick Swisher hits a two-RBI single to center field, and the lead is now 4-0. Brett Gardner flies out to right field.
Top of the second: Ty Wigginton strikes out swinging. Luke Scott singles off the wall in right field. Greg Zaun hits a single into right field. Felix Pie grounds into a fielder's choice. Robert Andino grounds into a fielder's choice.
Bottom of the second: Jeter flies out to center field. Damon flies out to right field. Teixeira grounds out to the pitcher.
Top of the third: Roberts hits a fly ball to right field that Swisher drops allowing Roberts to reach second on a two-base error. Jones singles past Cano into right field. Markakis flies out to right field. Jones tags and advances to second base. Huff strikes out swinging. Wigginton hits a fly ball to right field that Swisher makes a leaping catch on to atone for his earlier drop.
Bottom of the third: Rodriguez grounds out to the putch. Matsui grounds out to second base. Posada hits a solo home run into the Yankee bullpen to make the score 5-0. Cano grounds out to second base.
Top of the fourth: Scott walks to leadoff the inning. Zaun strikes out swinging. Pie flies out to center field. Andino walks. Roberts grounds out to second base.
Bottom of the fourth: Swisher walks. Gardner grounds into a fielder's choice. Jeter flies out to right field. Gardner is thrown out trying to steal.
Top of the fifth: Jones strikes out swinging. Markakis grounds out to second base. Huff grounds out to first base.
Bottom of the fifth: Damon grounded out to first base. Teixeira flies out to left. Rodriguez grounds out to shortstop.
Top of the sixth: Wigginton grounds out to shortstop. Scott flies out to Swisher in right field who makes another leaping catch at the wall. Zaun walks. Pie flies out to center field.
Bottom of the sixth: Matsui strikes out looking. Posada grounds out to first base. Cano singles into center field. Swisher flies out to center field.
Top of the seventh: Infield single for Andino. Roberts flies out to center field. Jones doubles down the left field line. Markakis hits a sacrifice fly that scores Andino and makes the score 5-1. Huff strikes out on a wild pitch by Burnett. The ball goes to the backstop, allowing Huff to reach and Jones to score to make it 5-2. Wigginton pops out to third base.
Bottom of the seventh: Cla Meredith comes in to pitch for the Orioles. Gardner is hit by a pitch and then steals second base. Jeter strikes out swinging. Damon singles to left field. Teixeira lines out to Huff who steps on first for the double play.
Final line for Berken: 6 IP 7 H 5 ER 2 BB 1 K
Top of the eighth: Phil Hughes comes in to pitch. Scott strikes out swinging. Zaun singles up the middle. Pie grounds into a 6-6-3 double play to end the inning.
Final line for Burnett: 7 IP 6 H 2 ER 3 BB 6 K
Bottom of the eighth: George Sherrill is in to pitch for the Orioles. Rodriguez hits a single into left field, and steals second base. Matsui strikes out swinging. Posada hits an RBI double to make the score 6-2. Cano strikes out swinging. Swisher is intentionally walked. Gardner hits an infield single to second base to load the bases. Jeter strikes out swinging.
Top of the ninth: Brian Bruney is in to pitch the ninth. Andino strikes out swinging. Roberts strikes out swinging. Jones hits a home run into the left field stands to make the score 6-3. Markakis hits a home run to right field, and the score in now 6-4. Bruney is pulled from the game.
Mariano Rivera comes in for the save. Huff strikes out looking.
Final score: 6-4 Yankees
W- Burnett (9-4)
L- Berken (1-8)
S- Rivera (28)
Player of the game: Jorge Posada 2-3 1 HR 2 RBI 2 R 1 2B 1 BB
The 6-4 victory over the Orioles means the Yankees have won all six games since returning from the all-star break. A strong outing from Burnett, coupled with impressive offensive showings from Posada and Swisher keeps the Yankees in first place for another day.
Tomorrow they will begin a series at home against Oakland when CC Sabathia faces Vin Mazzaro.