The Yankees opened up with a 7-0 lead behind homers from Russell Martin, Steve Pearce, and Alex Rodriguez as they went on to beat the Orioles 8-5 in Baltimore to regain sole possession of first place in the AL East.
Martin has been on a tear these past four games. It’s good to see, but let’s not get our hopes up (it would be amazing if he turned it around though). A-Rod has an 11 game hitting streak going back to July 19. Since coming back he’s hit .300/.333/.550 in five games.
Phil Hughes pitched pretty well for five innings then seemed to tire in the sixth as he began leaving pitches up in the zone. Adam Jones victimized him for a three-run homer, but then he settled down again. He has now thrown 167.2 innings after throwing just 74.2 last season so it could be that he’s getting a bit tired.
Mark Teixeira didn’t play again today, but he told Joe Girardi before the game that he was ready to go. Girardi decided to give him one more day and said he could play tomorrow.
Back in first place!