Masahiro Tanaka made his first start at Yankee Stadium and mimicked his performance in Toronto; he gave up a home run (this time in the second inning) and then settled down to be very effective. In the end, the Yankees met their fate in the ninth inning in a 5-4 loss to the Orioles at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.
Tanaka went seven innings giving up three runs on seven hits with ten strikeouts. Matt Thornton retired a batter and Adam Warren tight-roped out of danger in the eighth. Shawn Kelley, who was supposed to be the closer in the absence of David Robertson (who turned 29 today), gave up two runs in the top of the ninth inning breaking the 3-3 tie and earning his first loss of the season.
Carlos Beltran was the main offensive force for the Yankees, going 3-for-3 with a single, double and home run. Kelly Johnson also hit a home run, becoming the first Yankee this season to hit home runs in back to back games. Johnson homered in yesterday’s 14-5 loss. Alfonso Soriano had an RBI ground out in the fourth and Brian Roberts had a sacrifice fly in the ninth.
– Michael Pineda will make his Yankee Stadium debut against the Boston Red Sox as the Yankees try to get back on track to return to their .500 record. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. and the game will air on the YES Network.