Flipping the Birds: Yanks-O’s Gamer I

The Yanks face off against the AL East juggernaut Baltimore Orioles on a gray and dreary night.  AJ Burnett gets another chance to prove that 2011 is not 2010.  To-date he has been solid if not spectacular, compiling a 2-0 record and 4.09 ERA with a meager 11.0 innings across those two games.  In defense of that IP stat, he was pulled early in his previous outing due to severe head-congestion (cue jokes about AJ's head being full.  Of anything.).  Opposing him will be Chris Tillman (0-0; 3.38) and Buck Showalter, who is certain to get a cold reception from the Yankee faithful after daring to impugn the Captain.  Hope they remember that Buck was a big part of building the last dynasty in the major leagues and give him his due as well. 

A win and the Yanks snag first place in the division.  A loss and they're a .500 team.  Line-ups after the bump - comment on all the action here.

Yankees

Gardner (RF)

Jeter (SS)

Teixeira (1B)

A-Rod (3B)

Cano (2B)

Swisher (RF)

Posada (DH)

Granderson (CF)

Martin (C)

Burnett (2-0, 4.09)

 

Orioles

Roberts (2B)

Markakis (RF)

Lee (1B)

Guerrero (DH)

Scott (LF)

Jones (CF)

Reynolds (3B)

Wieters (C)

Andino (SS)

Tillman (0-0, 3.38)

45 comments… add one
  • Impugn; what a great word.
    C’mon, A.J. Let’s see it.

    attackgerbil April 13, 2011, 5:56 pm
  • Kemba Walker’s ceremonial first pitch: looper outside the strike zone…but it didn’t bounce.

    IronHorse (YF) April 13, 2011, 7:08 pm
  • Starts Roberts out 0-2 but Brian fouls a few off and then pulls a single. Good at-bat. Now don’t fall apart AJ…

    IronHorse (YF) April 13, 2011, 7:13 pm
  • AJ Special: wild pitch moves Roberts to second. No outs.

    IronHorse (YF) April 13, 2011, 7:15 pm
  • Very good BABIP luck for Yanks – Lee hit a liner to the right side of the field with Roberts on 3rd and one out – Teix skies (which is to say he lifted off the ground a bit) and snagged it. 2 outs and Vlad up

    IronHorse (YF) April 13, 2011, 7:20 pm
  • K’s him. Nice AJ. His curve looks sharp and his change induced a couple swings and misses. Good to see him throwing it at all. Curious to see Jeter “jump out of the way” in the bottom half…

    IronHorse (YF) April 13, 2011, 7:22 pm
  • Very nice 0-2 Damon-like slap hit the other way by Gardner. Run Forest, Run!!!!

    IronHorse (YF) April 13, 2011, 7:25 pm
  • Wieters gunned out Gardner by a lot. I mean, a lot. Wieters has a cannon.

    IronHorse (YF) April 13, 2011, 7:27 pm
  • Typical Jeter opposite way hit. Sucks to have Gardner erased but I’m glad he is running aggressively. Teix up, trying to shed the Fenway funk – and JUST missed an RBI double down the line. Darn.

    IronHorse (YF) April 13, 2011, 7:29 pm
  • Single up the middle. Three straight hits. A-Rod up, 1st & 2nd, 1 out.

    IronHorse (YF) April 13, 2011, 7:31 pm
  • Short-porch special. 3-0. A-Rod looks great so far this year.

    IronHorse (YF) April 13, 2011, 7:33 pm
  • A-Rod now tied with Al Simmons & Ted Williams for 11th in career RBIs (1,839) – Hank Aaron and the top 10 up next.

    IronHorse (YF) April 13, 2011, 7:34 pm
  • Cano’s career numbers vs. Tillman: 6 for 7.

    IronHorse (YF) April 13, 2011, 7:35 pm
  • Cano K’s but then Swish singles. The Yankee line-up has gone wilding on Scott Tillman. Jorge up. I love this line-up. It’s sick.

    IronHorse (YF) April 13, 2011, 7:38 pm
  • Posada hits it hard to center but not deep enough into the gap. Inning over, Tillman around 30 pitches. Come on AJ.

    IronHorse (YF) April 13, 2011, 7:39 pm
  • AJ’s stuff looks so great. If this guy could freaking command it more consistently he’d be brutal. 2 outs after that strike-out. Reynolds up.

    IronHorse (YF) April 13, 2011, 7:47 pm
  • CRAZY STAT ALERT!!!!!!
    With 633 K’s since 2009 Mark Reynolds has more total K’s over 3 seasons than any batter in major league history!!
    That is amazing.
    And he doubles.

    IronHorse (YF) April 13, 2011, 7:50 pm
  • Brunett special part 2: Another wild pitch, another runner going from 2nd to 3rd.

    IronHorse (YF) April 13, 2011, 7:51 pm
  • Martin barely kept that ball four from being a third wild pitch. Men on 1st and 3rd now, AJ at 50 pitches. The O’s have actually put some very very good ABs on him. Andino with his 0-for-7 season is up. Don’t walk this man you moron.

    IronHorse (YF) April 13, 2011, 7:54 pm
  • Teix with a nice play to end the inning…had to switch tvs and yanks are now up in the bottom of the 2nd with 2 outs, someone on 3rd, Jeter up. And Jeter hits it straight into the ground, gets a high enough bounce that he reaches first and Martin scores. And it’s raining…

    IronHorse (YF) April 13, 2011, 8:06 pm
  • Teix singles, Jeter to 3rd. He is picking up up right where he left off before his Boston hiatus. 2 for 2 tonight. A-Rod, another 3-run dinger???????

    IronHorse (YF) April 13, 2011, 8:07 pm
  • A-Rod walks to load the bases, all with 2 outs. Cano up with his 6-for-8 history vs. Tillman. Kay also notes that Cano has more hits (65) over the past two seasons against the O’s than any player has against any team in the majors over that time…And it’s 2-0.

    IronHorse (YF) April 13, 2011, 8:10 pm
  • Rips it – 2 runs score, A-Rod to 3rd. Tillman being pummeled. Showalter going to the pen here in the 2nd. Ouch. Me likey.

    IronHorse (YF) April 13, 2011, 8:11 pm
  • Me likey sloppy pitching. More please.

    James YF April 13, 2011, 8:12 pm
  • Looks like this one is up to the Yanks to lose. Just got in, and now I’m going to just chill, haha..

    Lar April 13, 2011, 8:17 pm
  • Fantastic charging diving catch by Jones on Posada’s bllo to save 2 runs at least. 6-0 as we go to the top of the 3rd – and a quick two outs already.

    IronHorse (YF) April 13, 2011, 8:20 pm
  • My goodness. The Yankees could fart and it would get them safely on base tonight. A-Rod with a dribbler that gets him to 1st and Teixeira to second. Cano up.

    IronHorse (YF) April 13, 2011, 8:41 pm
  • AJ, inefficiency in the first two innings aside, has looked pretty darn effective. His changeup could be a humongous weapon for him this year. If he really has incorporated a new pitch into his repertoire (and he keeps throwing it more than 10% of the time) he could be a very good pitcher. And then Larry Rothschild should have his number retired as the greatest pitching coach ever.
    Not to get ahead of myself or anything.

    AndrewYF April 13, 2011, 8:45 pm
  • AJ through 6 innings – 7-0 Yanks. Don’t know how they got the 7th run as I was busy paying taxes…ugh.

    IronHorse (YF) April 13, 2011, 9:05 pm
  • Hip Hip HR was run #7. :)

    krueg April 13, 2011, 9:14 pm
  • Sweet – tks krueg. And here he goes again. A third Oriole gets to 2nd base and just as he did with the first two, AJ moves him to 3rd with a wild pitch. And then he gives up a 2-run HR to Wieters. 7-2 Yanks.

    IronHorse (YF) April 13, 2011, 9:19 pm
  • And Jorge was 0 for 19 until the HR so perhaps he’ll start hitting again…

    IronHorse (YF) April 13, 2011, 9:20 pm
  • NP IH.
    ARod is about to pass Ted Williams and Carl Yestremsky (however the hell you spell his name) on the all-time RBI list. :)

    krueg April 13, 2011, 9:24 pm
  • Another 2-run homer on AJ’s 111th pitch and now it’s 7-4 with one out in the 7th. Game is far from over. On the bright side: if they can keep the lead but not tack on Mariano can take another step toward the career saves lead :) I’m not going ot get on Burnett for this. He took a 7-0 lead into the 7th.

    IronHorse (YF) April 13, 2011, 9:25 pm
  • I was thinking they wouldn’t bring AJ out for the 7th. A questionable decision by Girardi. AJ’s strike % was just over 50% at the end of 6 innings.

    DustyDrB - YF April 13, 2011, 9:27 pm
  • Meh…another save for Mo.

    krueg April 13, 2011, 9:32 pm
  • Mo’s velocity was 93 last week. It’s 88-89 on this cold night. Typically quick 2 outs. Love it. I honestly think there is no athlete I’ve ever loved this much. And I’m not afraid to admit it.

    IronHorse (YF) April 13, 2011, 10:00 pm
  • Another K. Another save. Yanks move into first. Woo-hoo!

    IronHorse (YF) April 13, 2011, 10:02 pm
  • 1st place. All is right with the world.

    krueg April 13, 2011, 10:10 pm
  • Ahh first place….
    AJ now has more W’s than the Sox. :)

    sam-YF April 13, 2011, 10:30 pm
  • “AJ now has more W’s than the Sox. :)”
    Ooooh, that’s a good one.

    Nick-YF April 14, 2011, 12:55 am
  • 6 Yankees wins, 5 Mo saves. Wow.

    Atheose - SF April 14, 2011, 9:41 am
  • Chuck Norris fell into infinity in a battle of trying to kick his own ass auditioning for the role of playing Mariano Rivera in a movie about Mariano Rivera. Mo picked up the save, striking out Chuck Norris, Chuck Norris, and getting Chuck Norris to ground out weakly to second base with a broken bat.

    attackgerbil April 14, 2011, 2:23 pm
  • :) :) :) Was this before or after Mariano Rivera struck out 27 straight Chuck Norrises for a Perfect No-No-Norris?

    IronHorse (YF) April 14, 2011, 2:32 pm
  • Yes, IH, there is more to the “broken bat”…
    I forgot to add that Chuck Norris grew that Ash tree from a sapling when he was three, having kicked a grown-man in the Ashole that worked as a logger for Weyerhaeuser that wanted to make that proud tree into a pulpy daily newsy that promotes soccer as a sport. Then he felled that tree with one strike from his own hand, and made it into what he named “Thunderbolt” with his burning laser blue eyes. Then he grounded out weakly, when facing Mo.

    attackgerbil April 14, 2011, 3:49 pm

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