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Friday, July 29, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Orioles 4, Yankees 2




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What it means: That another nondescript pitcher -- tonight it was Jeremy Guthrie, who came in 4-14 on the season and 3-9 lifetime vs. the Yankees with a 5.66 ERA -- was able to shut down this sometimes powerful, sometimes feeble lineup. In the process, Guthrie accomplished the near-impossible: He and the Orioles made A.J. Burnett a sympathetic figure. 

What's good: Don't blame A.J., who wasn't great -- 8 IP, 4ER, 5H (3 doubles, 2HRs) and 10 K's -- but at least very good, and certainly pitched well enough to beat the lowly Orioles with a little help form his friends. You know, the ones with the bats. He gave them length and a chance to win. They gave him bupkes.

What's not so good: The lineup, which managed just four hits off Guthrie and without Mark Teixeira's solo shot (No. 29) in the sixth inning might have gotten shut out for the sixth time this season. A ninth-inning rally fell short when Russell Martin and Brett Gardner (0-for-5) stranded two base runners. Gardner splintered his bat after striking out to end the game.

What's next: Day-night doubleheader, Bartolo Colon (7-6, 3.29) vs. TBA in the first game at 1:05 p.m.; Ivan Nova (8-4, 4.12) gets a one-day pass out of Scranton for the second game, facing LHP Zach Britton (6-7, 4.05) in the second game at 7:05 p.m.