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Gameday Post #6: Yankees at Baltimore Orioles

For a few innings, it seemed like last night’s game would never end. No one was taking control in the late innings, and the Yankees and Orioles were destined for a ridiculously long night. But Raul Ibanez’ 12th-inning double put the Yankees ahead for the 5-4 win. The key hit helped let Freddy Garcia off the hook. Making his season debut, Garcia was far from sharp as he threw more wild pitches (five) than allowed runs (four). The five wild pitches were the most by a starter since 1989. The bullpen was able to pick him up as David Phelps, David Robertson, Boone Logan, Cory Wade, Clay Rapada and Mariano Rivera combined to allow no runs over 7 1/3 innings of work. Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano continued their hot hitting by combining to go 5-for-12 with an RBI. Ibanez and Brett Gardner also added two-hit games to help pace the offense.

CC Sabathia will look to complete the three-game sweep of the Orioles as he goes up against newly appointed ace Jake Arrieta. After the game, the Yankees fly back to New York for their annual Homecoming Dinner Thursday night before kicking off their first homestand against the Angels.



Tampa Bay………..4-1

Toronto……..…….4-2 (0.5 GB)

Baltimore…………..3-2 (1.0 GB)

NEW YORK………..2-3 (2.0 GB)

Boston……….………1-5 (3.5 GB)


DATE/TIME: Wednesday, April 11th, 7:05pm


PITCHING PROBABLES: CC Sabathia (0-0, 7.50 ERA) vs. Jake Arrieta (1-0, 0.00 ERA)



CC Sabathia (NYY) — Sabathia struggled with his fastball command on Opening Day, allowing five runs in six innings — four on Carlos Pena’s slam. Sabathia was encouraged that he pitched better the second and third times through the lineup. He was 2-0 vs. the O’s in ’11.

Jake Arrieta (BAL) — The 26-year-old Arrieta is coming off seven scoreless innings vs. the Twins in an Opening Day victory Friday afternoon. Arrieta has emerged stronger since offseason right elbow surgery and he will look to continue that against the rival Yankees.



SS Derek Jeter

CF Curtis Granderson

2B Robinson Cano

3B Alex Rodriguez

1B Mark Teixeira

RF Nick Swisher

DH Raul Ibanez

C Russell Martin

LF Brett Gardner


LF Nolan Reimold

SS J.J. Hardy

RF Nick Markakis

CF Adam Jones

C Matt Wieters

3B Mark Reynolds

DH Ronny Paulino

1B Wilson Betemit

2B Robert Andino


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