CC Sabathia won yet again against the Orioles and Robinson Cano finished the night with three hits, as the Yankees defeated Baltimore, 4-2.

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Initial Reaction:

Sabathia allowed two runs through his first three innings of work, but settled down after a visit from acting pitching coach Mike Harkey, and was able to keep the O’s off the scoreboard for the rest of his outing. In the biggest at-bat of the night, Sabathia sent Luke Scott down swinging with the bases loaded in the seventh. Sabathia, who improved to 6-3, gave up nine hits and struck out eight in seven innings, defeating Baltimore for the second time in a week.

The Yankees got to Orioles starter Chris Tillman for three runs (one earned) and seven hits over six innings. A Mark Teixeira grounder opened the sixth inning, and Alex Rodriguez and Cano each followed with singles to tie the game at 2. One batter later, Jorge Posada hit a ground ball that looked like a sure double play, but the relay was thrown past first base, allowing Rodriguez to score the Yankees’ third run. Brett Gardner, pinch-running for Posada in the eighth, stole second (21 SB this season) and scored on Francisco Cervelli’s single to tack on insurance for Joba and Mo, who each pitched a scoreless frame to close out the game.

Positives From The Game:

Oh You Didn’t Know?: Robinson Cano continues to rake the ball. Over the last three games, he has three hits in each, going 9-12, scoring three times and driving in three runs. His average is now up to .376 and he’s driven in 46 runs so far … You definitely know now.

Heart Of The Order: Teix, A-Rod, and Cano combined to go 7-14, each scoring one run, and the three combined to see a total of 65 pitches – 39% of the total number of pitches (167) the Yankees saw.

Big Poppa: CC earned another victory for the yanks, striking out eight through seven and allowing just a pair of runs.

Negatives From The Game:

Early on, Baltimore had the upper hand. They went up 1-0 in the second inning, which was the first time in five games against the Yankees this month that the Orioles held the lead. Successive two-out singles by Ty Wigginton, Luke Scott and Adam Jones made it 2-0 in the third. Sabathia avoided further damage by striking out Matt Wieters with runners on second and third. The O’s jumped on top early, but CC put them in their place.

Interesting Facts:

The Yankees are 10-1 against the Orioles this season and have outscored them 65-29.

Since April 16, all of CC Sabathia’s victories have been against Baltimore.

Quote Of The Night:

“It’s important to fight through it when you don’t have your ‘A’ stuff. I thought his stuff got better as the night went on. I looked up at one point and he had 15 balls and 15 strikes, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen that from CC before. He found a way to get it done, and to me that’s the mark of a very good pitcher.” – Joe Girardi

What’s Next?:

The Yankees go for the three-game sweep in Baltimore.

Thursday, 7:05 PM, YES: AJ Burnett (6-3, 3.72 ERA) vs. Jeremy Guthrie (3-6, 3.71 ERA)

Last Start:
Burnett – Loss, six innings, six earned runs, two strikeouts (at Toronto)
– 2010 vs. BAL: Two Wins, 15 innings, no earned runs, 12 strikeouts

Guthrie – Loss, 7 1/3 innings, two earned runs, four strikeouts (vs. Boston)
– 2010 vs. NY: 0-2, 7.71 ERA**

Career Stats:
Burnett: 11-2, 4.41 ERA (15 starts); 5-0, 3.89 ERA at Camden Yards
Guthrie: 3-8, 5.20 ERA (13 starts)