Rapid Reaction: Yankees 7, Orioles 4

April, 13, 2011
4/13/11
10:01
PM ET
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What it means: That the Yankees are tied for first place in the AL East while the Red Sox, rained out today, are now 4 behind. And Buck Showalter's Orioles were just what the Yankees' bats needed to wake up.

What's good: The offense, all of a sudden. The Yankees started the game with six players in their lineup hitting .219 or lower. By the fourth inning, they had 10 hits and six runs. A. J. Burnett was nasty good for six innings, the gave up a pair of two-run HRs in the seventh to make it interesting. Once again, the bullpen was outstanding -- David Robertson, Rafael Soriano and Mariano Rivera combine for 2 2/3 scoreless innings, allow just one hit. Rivera now has saved five of the Yankees first six wins.

What's not so good: The weather, which was cold and damp enough the Yankees felt compelled to offer free tickets for a later game to anyone who came tonight, and not many did. Announced attendance of 42,171 was more like 20,000 in reality.

What's coming from us: Ian Begley will write A-Rod and his big first-inning homer that set the tone -- and pulled him into a tie on the all-time RBI list with Ted Williams and Al Simmons. I'll handle the rest of the offense, with special emphasis on Jorge Posada, who busted out of his 0-for-19 skid with two hits including his fourth HR of the season. Plus, we'll fill up the blog with all kinds of fun stuff.

What's next: Rain-shortened series finale Thursday at 7:05 p.m., Phil Hughes (0-1, 16.50) tries to locate his misplaced fastballl vs. RHP Jake Arrieta (1-1, 8.68), then the Josh Hamilton-less Texas Rangers come in for three beginning Friday night, Ivan Nova vs. LHP Matt Harrison.
Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
12 2.51 135 129
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .282
HRM. Teixeira 17
RBIM. Teixeira 48
RB. Gardner 62
OPSB. Gardner .768
ERAM. Tanaka 2.51
SOM. Tanaka 135