Yankees drop 2 of 3 against the Orioles 8

The Yankees have dropped back down to just a two game lead in the AL East, but are lucky to even have that as they split a pair of games on Saturday and Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles.

They won 4-3 on Saturday, but it certainly wasn’t an impressive win as the Orioles basically handed them the lead in the seventh innings as the Yankees tied it on a walk and then took the lead on an error. Besides that fortunate inning they didn’t really hit and starter David Phelps couldn’t get out of the fifth inning. Can’t get much luckier than that.

The offense also failed to show up on Sunday, but they had a 3-1 lead going into the sixth inning when Phil Hughes suddenly unraveled and gave up the lead. The bullpen then imploded in the eighth inning as Joe Girardi needed five relievers to get three outs as the game was put out of reach en route to a 8-3 loss.

The Yankees still have a desperate lead in the AL East and will head out on what is easily the biggest road trip of the season with three games in Florida against the Rays and then a four game series against the Orioles in Baltimore. The AL East could be decided this week.

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