Freddy Garcia is scheduled to take the mound today.
Happy Easter. I’ll be spending it with my family and hope you will have the same enjoyable day with your own family. As a result, the recap will be late tonight.
A bit of a shock as Martin still plays, even though it’s a day game after a night game. The Yanks must really NOT want to use Gus Molina. Same lineup as yesterday. Hey, it worked last night (15 runs, 5 HR).
11-6. 3 game lead. 35 HR in 17 games. Team OPS+ 133. 3rd in R, lead AL in HR, OBP, SA, OPS,
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner LF
Freddie Garcia P
Jeter: 2941 hits, two behind Frank Robinson. 15 hits, 14 singles. .221; OPS+ 48; Just one ball hit out of park in last 113 games.
A-Rod: leads majors in SA
Cano: 71 AB; one walk. Patience, Robby…
Swisher: Amazingly, no HR yet. Team has 35 in 17 games, but Swish hasn’t joined the party. Today? 15 hits, just 2 doubles.
Posada: 9 for 55 is .164 but 6 hits are HR
Martin: So far, a steal. He has 6 HR, one behind the AL Leader. Martin, Teix, Granderson and Posada all with 6, Alex with 5.
Book coming out on Jeter. The Post today has some nasty stuff on the Jeter/Alex feud.
I’ll have a couple innings here before I head to be with family for Easter. Recap later.
Jeter leads off the game with a hit. #2942. AND THE HR BARRAGE CONTINUES! Granderson hits #7 and already the Yankees lead 2-0. A couple walks, but they can’t add on. Garcia has a 1-2-3 first and after one it’s 2-0 Yankees.
In the 2nd, Jeter gets a XBH (finally). A double, hit #2943 ties Frank Robinson, but he’s left stranded. Next up, Sam Crawford at 2961.
Garcia runs into trouble in the 2nd but gets a 2-out, bases-loaded K.
End of 3. Yanks 2-0. Heading to spend time with family. Recap later.
The Yanks made it 3-0 in the fifth on an RBI forceout by A-Rod. Granderson doubled and Teix singled before the forceout.
Garcia went six shutout innings and once again was brilliant. 6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 walks and 7 K. (0.69)
Joba pitched the 7th, 2 K but he gave up a 2-run HR. Ouch. 4.91.
Robertson got two outs in the 8th (0.00), but with 1st and 3rd, 2 out, the Yanks turned to Mo for a 4-out save. He got the out in the 8th, but on a great play by Gardner. Escape, for now.
In the 9th, Mo walked the leadoff man. Give Adam Jones credit. After three pitches he was down 1-2 and he worked out a 10-pitch walk. The Orioles, to their credit, really worked Mo in the 9th and it almost won them the game. The next two hitters struck out, but it took Mo 14 more pitches to do that. So now you had the two pitches in the eighth, and 24 more pitches here. Rivera then gave up a single. 1st and 2nd, two out. Brian Roberts doubled down the RF line. Jones scored, but PR Andino—the winning run—was cut down at the plate by Swisher to Cano to Martin. To the 10th. It’s the second consecutive appearance by Rivera that he blew the save. (2.53).
The Yanks had a shot in the 10th. 1st and 3rd, one out. A-Rod hits a fly to CF but Jeter is gunned down at the plate attempting to score. Logan pitches a 1-2-3 10th.
In the 11th, three infield hits and shoddy Orioles’ fielding gave the Yanks a 6-3 win. Cano doubled and was trapped when Swisher tried to bunt him over. Wieters threw down to second, and Cano went to third. Swisher struck out, but Chavez was intentionally walked to set up a DP. Then the craziness. An infield hit by Martin brought in a run, and there was an error on the play as well, enabling Chavez to go to third. After a strikeout of Gardner, Jeter got an infield hit—his 4th hit of the game (2945)—and Chavez scored. An error put men on 2nd and 3rd. Then Granderson got an infield hit to make it 6-3. Two errors, a bad play (no error) and three infield hits.
Logan (1-1, 3.86) got the first batter in the 11th, then Carlyle came in. Two up, two down for Carlyle and the Yanks had a 6-3 win in 11. They are now 12-6.
Jeter’s 4 hits raise his BA to .257.