CC Sabathia went 7 2/3 innings tonight allowing three runs. Sabathia gave up 11 hits, so he wasn’t dominant, but the Yankee offense provided enough support.

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Initial Reaction:

The Yankees got off to a fast start in this contest. They scored six runs in the first three innings. This production was more than enough for Sabathia to pick up his third victory.

Positives From The Game:

Flashy Play? Not Necessary: Outside of Nick Swisher’s 2nd inning two-RBI triple, none of the Yankees first five runs were flashy. They relied on sacrifice flies, some costly Baltimore errors, and base hits to score their first runs.

Robbie Rocks One: AL batting leader Robinson Cano hit his sixth home run of the season in the 3rd inning.

4 2/3: Orioles starting pitcher, Jeremy Gutherie only lasted 4 2/3 innings tonight. The Yankees continue to wear out opposing pitching.

5 for 9: In the absence of Rodriguez’s and Teixeira’s production, Nick Swisher and Francisco Cervelli went 5 for 9 tonight.

Negatives From The Game:

Jorge Posada: Posada left the game in the 3rd inning after getting hit by a pitch. He apparently has a left knee contusion and will be day to day.  He was replaced by Cervelli.

1 for 9: Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira only contributed one hit in the win. They are a combined 2 for 17 this series.

Interesting Facts:

.289: Coming into this season, Robinson Cano was a career .289 hitter during April. He is hitting over one-hundred points higher this April (.390).

10-1: CC Sabathia’s career record against the Baltimore Orioles. He did allow his first career home run to an Oriole tonight, a 7th inning home run by Nick Markakis.

1 for 22: Curtis Granderson’s hitting line during the road trip.

3: Number of double plays turned by the Yankees tonight.

What’s Next?:

AJ Burnett will get the start tomorrow as the Yankees look to win their sixth series in seven chances.

7:05PM Start: AJ Burnett (2-0, 3.20 ERA) vs. Brian Matusz (2-0, 4.38 ERA)