The Yankees scored five runs in the first inning and never looked back as CC Sabathia shut the Orioles’ bats down and the offense beat up on their pitching, winning 13-2 on a rainy night in Baltimore.
The Yankees scored five runs in the first on three hits. They broke out again with four runs in the fourth, again off three hits, including back-to-back triples. Then Mark Teixeira topped that off with a two-run home run. They scored a run in the 5th and 6th innings and then two more in the 9th as they never let up.
Most of those runs weren’t even necessary as Sabathia was in fine form, striking out nine while he shut down the Orioles over eight innings.
BEAN BALLS: Perhaps in a bid to get their money’s worth out of Mike Gonzalez‘s ejection from last night, but the Orioles hit Robinson Cano just above his right knee in the first inning. In retaliation Sabathia hit Nick Markakis and both benches were warned. Amauri Sanit hit somebody in the 9th inning, but it was clearly by accident as he had no command of his pitches.
USING ALL YOUR CATCHERS: Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson, and Alex Rodriguez all left this game early and it created a unique situation. Jorge Posada was already on first, Eduardo Nunez moved to second, Andruw Jones went to the outfield. Third base? Russell Martin.
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