Rapid Reaction: Yanks 4, O's 1 (15 innings)

May, 19, 2011
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What it means: In the 15th, the Yankees' win a long one when Robinson Cano hits a two-run double and they added an insurance run. A.J. Burnett pinch-ran and the Yankees ended the game without a DH.

The win took Joe Girardi off the hook after he lifted Bartolo Colon following 87 scoreless pitches.

What's good: Even bad defense couldn't stop Colon. In the seventh, after retiring 13 straight, Colon gave up a leadoff single to Adam Jones. The next batter, Nick Markakis, flew out to right.

Nick Swisher nearly fell down before catching the ball and then slipped on the throw in. Jones, who was tagging up anyway, made it to second. Next, he moved to third as Eduardo Nunez nearly made another throwing error. Mark Teixeira saved Nunez, leaping in the air to get Guerrero. Next, Colon forced Luke Scott to groundout to first.

In the eighth, after a two-out walk and a throwing error by Francisco Cervelli on a stolen base by Mark Reynolds, Colon struck out Robert Andino, leaving the tying run at third. Cervelli did one of his classic super fist pumps.

What else was good? After Rivera, Luis Ayala, Boone Logan and Hector Noesi -- in his major league debut -- combined to throw six scoreless innings.

What's bad: Chris Dickerson got hit by a 93-MPH Mike Gonzalez fastball in the 15th. He was taken out. We will update his condition after the game.

* Girardi's decison to bring in Mo. Granted, it is Mo, but Colon had basically been unhitabble. He gave up just three hits.

Colon was awesome and had only thrown 87 pitches in eight scoreless innings. I would have let him in to start the ninth. (I said it on Twitter before Mo struggled.) That's forgotten now.

In the ninth, Rivera gave up back-to-back one-out singles to Adam Jones and Nick Markakis before Vladimir Guerrero's sac fly to tie the game.

* Nunez hasn't looked like a major league defender in his young career. He really should have had another error. He already has a team-leading six. This could cause a bit of a problem long term. While Derek Jeter's defense has been good enough this year, his range could get even worse with age. Nunez would be an ideal late-game defensive replacement. There is one problem right now -- he is not good at defense.

Jeter Meter: Jeter had singles up the middle in the first and the fifth. With two-out and man on second, Jeter didn't extend the Yankees lead, grounding out. Jeter is now 32 hits from 3,000. Jeter was 2-for-7 and is hitting .255.

Return of A-Rod: Alex Rodriguez may be going to get his hip checked out soon, but his swing appears to be back. After going yard twice in Tampa on Tuesday, A-Rod had singles in his first three at-bats.

Coming Attractions: What else is there to write? I will be writing about Big Bart. If you like positive columns, this one will be for you. That line was written before the ninth about two-and-a-half before the game actually ended. Now, the column is the marathon game that the Yankees won. I will go through it all.

What's next: The Yankees finish up this quick two-gamer with CC Sabathia (3-3, 3.47 ERA) facing off with Jeremy Guthrie (1-6, 3.98 ERA). You would figure that Jorge Posada would start at DH. Against the Mets, this weekend Posada will likely be sitting Saturday with a lefty starting. Friday, it is Freddy Garcia (2-3, 3.22) vs. R.A. Dickey (1-5, 5.08 ERA); Saturday, it is A.J. Burnett (4-3, 3.99) vs. Chris Capuano (3-4, 4.78). Sunday, it is Ivan Nova (4-3, 4.33) vs. Mike Pelfrey (3-3, 5.11).

Question of the night: What do you think of Girardi's decision to take out Colon?
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
12 2.51 135 129
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .271
HRM. Teixeira 21
RBIJ. Ellsbury 67
RB. Gardner 81
OPSB. Gardner .770
ERAH. Kuroda 3.81
SOM. Tanaka 135