The Yankees played home derby tonight in Camden Yards as they surged past the O’s, 12-7. Nick Swisher, Mark Teixeira, and Curtis Granderson all homered in the victory. Once again, Phil Hughes battled for six innings, picking up his eight victory in eleven starts.

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Initial Reaction:

With the rest of Maryland/DC area focused on the debut of Stephen Strasburg (and it was a historic one), the Yankees quietly went about their business tonight. Phil Hughes did not have his best stuff, but gave the Yankees six innings of three-run ball. Hughes gave up nine hits over those six innings, but was good enough to pick up his eighth victory on the year.

With the Yankees ahead 2-0 in the top of the 3rd inning, Curtis Granderson firmly placed the Yankees ahead by crushing a grand slam, his fourth on the season.

For me, the story of the game was Mark Teixeira. Teixeira went 3 for 4 with a two-run homer and two walks. His only out came on a called third strike on a borderline 9th inning at-bat. Let’s hope that Mark uses this week against mediocre clubs (O’s, Astros) to bolster his numbers.

Let’s not let the bullpen, Chad Gaudin off the hook here. Gaudin gave up four total runs over the last two innings. Gaudin has yielded eight runs in five appearances with the Yanks.

Positives From The Game:

The Bird Flies: The ‘Swish Hawk’ bird, that is. Swisher hammered Oriole pitching tonight, going 3 for 6 with a home run and five RBIs.

What Do Ya Know?: Another ho-hum Robinson Cano three-hit game, his 27th multi-hit game of the year.

Teix’s Gets On: Mark reached base in five of his six plate appearances.

Strasburg Mania: Obviously this isn’t Yankee related, but Washington National rookie sensation, Stephen Strasburg made his major league debut tonight against the Pirates. Strasburg struck out 14 Pirates over seven innings. He didn’t issue a walk in the Nats, 5-2 win. Strasburg featured a 98 MPH heater to go along with a devastating change and slider. Yet another great baseball story for us all to watch and cover.

Negatives From The Game:

A-Rod: Hard to complain when the offense scores twelve runs, but A-Rod went 0 for 5 in the win. He has been nursing a sore groin, so I won’t complain about it.  His buddies picked him up though.

Gaudin Smacked Around: Chad Gaudin has not looked good at all with the Yanks. More outings like this one will land him right back on the waiver wire.

Interesting Facts:

7: Entering tonight’s game, Phil Hughes has received an average of seven runs in support, the most in baseball. Hughes has been great this season (eight wins, 2.71 ERA), but a few runs in support is never a bad thing. Just ask Javy Vazquez (23 total runs of support this year).

27: Multi-hit games for Robinson Cano.

9: Mark Teixeira’s batting averaged jumped nine points tonight, going from .211 to .220. Baby steps Mark, baby steps.

What’s Next?:

The Yankees will look to take the series tomorrow night.

Wednesday, 7:05 PM, YES: CC Sabathia (5-3, 4.14 ERA) vs. Chris Tillman (0-1, 7.71 ERA)

Last Start:
Sabathia: Win, seven innings, three earned runs, seven strikeouts (vs. Baltimore)
Tillman: This will be his first start of 2010.

Career Stats:
Sabathia: 12-1, 2.60 ERA (17 starts); 6-1, 2.91 ERA at Camden Yards
Tillman: 1-0, 7.20 ERA (one start)

**Tillman has made only two appearances this season. Tillman gave up four earned runs in only 1 1/3 innings to Boston on Friday.