Rapid Reaction: O's 3, Yankees 1 (5)

July, 14, 2014
Jul 14
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.

In the fourth, Whitley allowed a two-run homer to Chris Davis and a Jonathan Schoop RBI single. Girardi would take him out with two outs in the fourth.

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.

On deck: The All-Star break. Derek Jeter and Dellin Betances were taking a private jet to Minnesota, where it will be Jeter-Palooza over the next two days. Jeter may be a little tired.
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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Jacoby Ellsbury
.271 16 70 71
HRB. McCann 23
RBIB. McCann 75
RB. Gardner 87
OPSB. Gardner .749
WM. Tanaka 13
ERAH. Kuroda 3.71
SOH. Kuroda 146