It turns out the Orioles were exactly what the Yankees needed as they picked up their first win of the season behind a solid start from sophomore Ivan Nova in Baltimore on Monday night.
THE OFFENSE: The Yankees struck first for a change as Mark Teixeira picked up an RBI-single in the 1st inning. After a Matt Wieters homer tied in in the 2nd, the Yankees retook the lead in the 4th on an RBI-single from Russell Martin, a sac fly from Eduardo Nunez, and an RBI-double by Derek Jeter. Speaking of Jeter, the Yankees Captain had a great game as he went 4-for-4. His average on the season is up to .412.
THE PITCHING: The biggest difference between this game and the previous three loses was Nova. He did allow 10 hits over seven innings, but he had impeccable command, hitting his spots and he didn’t walk a single batter on the night. He was solid and eventually handed the ball off to David Robertson and Mariano Rivera, who each threw a scoreless inning to wrap up.