Rapid Reaction: Yankees 5, Orioles 2

April, 12, 2013
4/12/13
10:09
PM ET
Three was the lucky number for the Yankees.

The Yankees played their first game in three days, turned a triple play and scored three runs on an error in their 5-2 win over the Orioles on Friday at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees are above .500 for the first time this season, as they have won four straight since beginning the season 1-4.

TRIPLE PLAY: The Yankees turned their second triple play since 1969 in the eighth inning, due to heads-up play and errant baserunning. With runners on first and second and no outs, Manny Machado hit a one-hopper to Robinson Cano, who got the force at second. Shortstop Jayson Nix smartly went to third to catch Alexi Casilla in a rundown for the second out. During the rundown, Machado veered too far from first, and the Yankees got him at second for the final out.

CC IS ROLLING: Aside from his second-inning implosion against the Red Sox, Yankees veteran lefty CC Sabathia has been money this season. After tossing eight innings of one-run ball Sunday in Detroit, he followed up by giving up just two runs (one earned) in eight innings against the Orioles. Sabathia has typically been a slow starter throughout his career, but he has looked pretty impressive this spring. The Yankees need that to combat their injuries.

NUNEZ OUT: Eduardo Nunez might want to start wearing armor when he heads to the plate. After being hit in the ribs in Detroit, he got plunked on the right wrist Friday and had to leave the game with what the team described as a contusion. X-rays came back negative. With Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira already sidelined, the Yankees are very thin in terms of infield depth and can't afford to lose Nunez.

SMALL BALL: The Yankees might have to play some small ball to score this year, and they found a rather original way to plate three runs in the seventh inning. Two walks (one intentional), a hit batsman and then Baltimore center fielder Adam Jones dropped a fly ball, giving the Yankees a 5-2 lead. Just the way Joe Girardi drew it up in the pregame meeting.

CANO STAYS HOT: Robinson Cano continued his hot hitting, with a 2-for-4 night and an RBI. In a 1-all game in the fifth, Cano went the other way and deposited a single to left to score Francisco Cervelli and put the Yankees up 2-1. After a slow start to the year, Cano seems to have found that hot streak that carried him during the World Baseball Classic.

ICHIRO STAYS COLD: While Cano streaks, right fielder Ichiro Suzuki is having a rough time at the plate. His 0-for-4 night Friday has him at .161 for the season. The Yankees hoped Suzuki would be able to manufacture some runs in the middle of the lineup, but he hasn't been able to do that yet.

ANDY UPDATE: Yankees lefty Andy Pettitte had been scheduled to start this weekend, but he instead had his start postponed due to back spasms. The Yankees hope he can get back to the hill Tuesday or Wednesday when the Yankees host the Diamondbacks.

UP NEXT: The Yankees face the Orioles in the middle game of the series on Saturday at 4:05 p.m. ET. Phil Hughes (0-1, 6.75 ERA) takes the hill and will be opposed by Jason Hammel (1-1, 4.97 ERA).

Matt Ehalt

ESPN New York contributor

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Jacoby Ellsbury
BA HR RBI R
.269 15 67 69
OTHER LEADERS
HRM. Teixeira 21
RBIJ. Ellsbury 67
RB. Gardner 81
OPSB. Gardner .755
WM. Tanaka 12
ERAH. Kuroda 3.81
SOM. Tanaka 135