- Andrew Marchand, ESPN Senior Writer
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BALTIMORE -- The Yankees (47-47) fell to .500 in a rain-shortened Sunday night game. The rain started at 9:48 p.m., and the game was called just past midnight.
Chased: Chase Whitley is the Yankees' fifth starter right now mostly because the Yankees don't have anyone else. Joe Girardi wasn't going to give Whitley much rope -- and he didn't.
Brett The Hit Man: When Brett Gardner nailed his home run to lead off the game, it was his ninth of the year, which is a career high. That is pretty impressive considering we have just now reached the All-Star break.
Gardner's timing isn't perfect because he just signed a four-year, $52 million deal. If he hadn't, he would have been a free agent and surely would have gotten more. Still, he took the security and you can live on $52M.