When the New York Yankees traded for Alfonso Soriano from the Chicago Cubs in July, they had only one job in mind for him: to hit home runs. And tonight, that’s exactly what Soriano did as the Yankees topped the Orioles 7-5.
The Yankees were trailing 4-3 going into the 8th inning when the Yankees once again worked their late inning magic. Robinson Cano singled on a ground ball to score Alex Rodriguez to tie the game at four and Alfonso Soriano hit his second home run of the night, this one putting the Yankees ahead 6-4. Mark Reynolds added an insurance run later in the inning, hitting a RBI double that scored Curtis Granderson.
Mariano Rivera notched his 42nd save of the season, getting the four-out save. He not only saved the game, but he also saved the Yankees depleted bullpen. This was the third time in the last seven games that Rivera came in for a save that was more than three outs.
– Alex Rodriguez was removed from the game due to a tight hamstring. There are no tests planned and Joe Girardi believes that Rodriguez can DH tomorrow.
– Austin Romine was removed from the game after taking a hard foul ball to his mask. After it hit him, he appeared fine, until he got up after the strikeout, looking dazed and feeling extremely nauseous. Girardi revealed that Romine most likely had a concussion and was on his way to the hospital for further testing.
– Ivan Nova was removed from the game because he felt tightness in his triceps. Nova revealed that he had been pitching with the tightness in his triceps for the past three starts and his velocity was decreasing as the game went along. Girardi and Nova were optimistic that Nova wouldn’t have to miss a start, but they’ll wait and see. Nova went 6 IP giving up four runs on six hits, striking out two and walking two before he was pulled.
– The Tampa Bay Rays were shutout by the Boston Red Sox 2-0, putting the Yankees two games in back for the second Wild Card spot. The Cleveland Indians also lost to the Kansas City Royals 6-3, which leaves the Yankees a half game behind both the Orioles and the Indians.
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