The Yankees and O’s were tied going into the bottom of the seventh inning when the Yankees got a two-out rally going when Kevin Youkilis was walked intentionally before Travis Hafner was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Then Vernon Wells drilled a shot to deep center field off of Pedro Strop that Jones looked like he had a beat on, but the ball hit the heal of the glove and three runs scored to make it 5-2.
• CC Sabathia pitched a great game as he allowed a run in the third inning that gave the O’s a 1-0 lead on a weak single and then another run that tied it at 2-2 in the seventh. That tying run was courtesy of a questionable balk call that put Matt Wieters on second so he could score on a J.J. Hardy single. His final line: 8 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 0 HR. His ERA is down to 2.25.
• CC was struggling in the eighth inning with two on and nobody out as David Robertson started warming up. However, D-Rob was never needed as the Yankees got an extremely unconventional triple play, even as far as triple plays are concerned. It was scored 4-6-5-6-5-3-4.
• Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth, he gave up a hit, but otherwise pitched a clean inning for his second save of the year.
• Kevin Youkilis went 3-for-3 and has now hit in all nine games as a Yankee which sets a team record for hitting in his first nine games after signing as a free agent. Youk’s RBI-single in the third gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead. He’s now hitting .424/.500/.727 on the short season.
• Robinson Cano also picked up where he left off before the rain delay as he went 2-for-4. His RBI-single in the fifth gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead. After slumping in the first two series, he’s now hitting a robust .324/.375/.649.
• Lyle Overbay, who went 1-for-4, was the only other Yankee with a hit, but they picked up six walks led by Brett Gardner, who had a pair, and Francisco Cervelli, who also had a pair of walks. Gardner is still without a stolen base.
• Eduardo Nunez might be a baseball magnet because he was hit again in the third inning, this time on the right wrist, and had to leave the game. It’s being called a contusion and he’s listed as day-to-day.
• Ichiro Suzuki still has the lowest average on the team after he went 0-for-4. His batting line is down to .161/.206/.258. It’s still just 31 plate appearances, but considering he’s hitting just .275/.306/.359 since 2011, including tonight, it’s a bit concerning. Hopefully the magic he recaptured late last year hasn’t worn off.
• The Yankees are now in first place after winning four games in a row. They’re hitting, collectively, a robust .276/.355/.481.