Rapid Reaction: Yankees 12, Orioles 3
August, 1, 2012
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com
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What it means: That the Yankees are playing 1.000 ball in August (1-0) after going .500 in July (13-13). They avert a sweep by the second-place Baltimore Orioles with today's 12-3 rout, a game that was decided before three innings were complete.
Hit parade: The Yankees had 10 hits, two home runs, one a grand slam by Robinson Cano, and 11 runs on the board before the third inning had ended. They chased starter Zach Britton after 2 2/3 innings, then tacked on four more in the same inning off Kevin Gregg.
Two grand: Cano's grand slam, on a 94 mph four-seamer, was his second of the season -- he had one May 6 in Kansas City -- and only his third hit with the bases loaded in 17 at-bats this season (he has twice walked in runs). Cano now has 62 RBIs, second-most on the team (Mark Teixeira , 71).
Runs put to good Hughes: Staked to a 10-run lead, Phil Hughes, unlike Ivan Nova Tuesday night, was able to make it stand up, allowing nine hits in six innings but making enough good pitches to hold the Orioles to one run. A year after struggling to a 5-5 record, Hughes won his 11th game of the season and dropped his ERA to 3.96.
Captain cooking: Derek Jeter had three hits for the second straight game and went 8-for-13 in the three-game series, raising his batting average to .316. Jeter also had three RBIs.
Grand illusion: For a guy who insists he's not a home run hitter, Curtis Granderson continues to do a pretty good impression of one, blasting a Britton fastball into the second deck in right, his 29th of the season, to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead. ... Granderson also struck out two more times -- that makes 7 K's in the three-game series -- and with 129 K's in 400 at-bats, is on pace for 194 strikeouts this season. That would be an all-time Yankees record, breaking his own mark of 169 set last season.
Rough welcome: In his first big-league appearance since June 5, 2011, Joba Chamberlain saw the second pitch he threw disappear into the left-field seats off the bat of J.J. Hardy. Joba also allowed two singles in the seventh inning, but escaped further damage by getting Wilson Betemit to ground into an inning-ending double play. Joba was treated nearly as roughly in the eighth, walking Mark Reynolds and allowing an RBI double to Endy Chavez . Still, he was given a healthy ovation as he left the mound after 1 2/3 innings, having allowed two runs and four hits
Casey Cobb: The newest Yankee, Casey McGehee, went in spikes high on Orioles second baseman Omar Quintanilla while advancing on a passed ball, leaving a tear in the ex-Met's uniform pants. C-Mac's Yanks debut included two walks, two runs scored and two GIDPs. He also drove in the final run of the game with an eighth-inning sacrifice fly, narrowly missing a grand slam to deep center field.
Here Come da Judge: The Bleacher Creatures were graced by a visit from Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, a Bronx native, who helped lead the roll call. Later, during a brief news conference, Madame Justice said her favorite memory of the old Yankee Stadium was "the Bucky Dent home run,'' which, of course, was hit at Fenway Park.
Coming soon: Ian O'Connor's column on Joba's return to the big leagues. Ian Begley and I will prowl the postgame clubhouse in search of blog tidbits.
Tomorrow: Day off, followed by a 20 games in 20 days stretch beginning with this weekend's three-game series against the Seattle Mariners, starting Friday night. CC Sabathia (10-3, 3.57) vs. RHP Kevin Millwood (4-8, 3.90), first pitch at 7:05 p.m.