Game 4: Yankees at Orioles

April 9, 2012, 7:05 p.m. ET, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Md.
TV / Radio: YES, WCBS 880 AM

Good evening from Baltimore, where the Yankees will send Ivan Nova to the mound off his tough spring and hope that their three-game losing skid to open the season will be just a distant memory by the end of the night. Joe Girardi spoke to the team briefly after yesterday’s loss at Tropicana Field and said that his message was largely to be patient and that it is way too early to panic.

“It is only three games. We talked about that,” Girardi said. “I’ve talked about players individually. It’s three games. You can’t make too much of it. We’ve got a lot of three-game series left, a lot. It’s one. You move on.”

Nova had one of his worst outings his last time out against the Mets on April 3, allowing five runs and eight hits in 2 2/3 innings, and even the outs were hit hard. But he threw a good bullpen, which encouraged Girardi, and the Yankees are hoping that his 8.06 spring ERA has no effect tonight on a pleasant evening in the Inner Harbor.

“I try not to make too much out of Spring Training,” Girardi said. “You watch how guys are throwing the ball. At times he threw the ball very well, and there were times he struggled. Hopefully that bullpen carries over into today and he’ll be good for us.”

YANKEES (0-3)
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Curtis Granderson CF
Andruw Jones LF
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez 2B

Pitching: Ivan Nova RHP (16-4, 3.70 ERA in 2011)

ORIOLES (3-0)
Nolan Reimold LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Mark Reynolds 3B
Wilson Betemit DH
Chris Davis 1B
Robert Andino 2B

Pitching: Brian Matusz LHP (1-9, 10.69 ERA in 2011)

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27 Comments

Game, set and match. Win #1 of I hope will be many more. Thing that is bothersome about Arod’s at bat that inning is Cano had just worked a walk. Instead of waiting out the pitcher Arod shows a lack of discipline at the plate. It’s called working the count.

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That’s all folks!

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Not vintage Robertson. Took 28 pitches to get 3 outs. He’s not real sharp yet. That injury to his foot and being out of spring training for a while means he’s probably behind schedule. Yankees need him to be solid out of the pen setting up Mo. Mo is not really ready either coming out of spring training. He doesn’t put in too many innings and is taking a few games to get in the groove. Or is it his age and his pitches aren’t cutting like they used to? Time will tell.

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Mo ‘em down!

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Must be pushing 100 LOBs this year already!

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Bases loaded 1 out and what do you know? ARod grounds into a double play to end the inning. Poor hitting in clutch situations.

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Texas bailing Yu out!

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God Arod. Those of you watching on Yes, did Arod swing at the 1st pitch?

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Yup!

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Foo again!

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They’re playing better once they got out of Florida!

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I’d like a little more cushion too!

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Strange, strange game. That’s what baseball is. Nova who has not pitched well during spring training looks like Ron Guidry tonight on the mound. Strange, strange game.

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Some breathing room now but need to keep piling it on. No lead is ever safe. Certainly better hitting tonight than the last three games and Nova is doing a better job at starting than the last 3 starters. Need to sweep this series to at least get back to 500.

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14 pitches for the sixth!

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Foo.

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Teach it to Tex!

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Jonesy jacks one!

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I’m loving Nova’s pitch count! 62 for five innings!

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Darvish gives up 4 runs in his first inning!

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Wieters looking great!

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Good recovery!

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Curtis needed a longer arm!

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Hey Bob,
Didn’t the Orioles play the Twinkies?

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Just looking in on the Jays and Red Sox game because I can’t get the Yankees game on TV unless I pay. I’ll keep connected with the Yankees game via gameday. I sense a certain swagger about the Jays. They have a very good manager. They have a bunch of young, hungry, energetic stars like Brett Lawrie and Bautista and Morrow and they’ve got a boat load of confidence and had a great spring training record. If they stay healthy I’d predict they are going to give the Rays and the Yankees a real run for the Division lead. The Rays had a poor spring training but have proven that what happens in spring training doesn’t necessarily correlate with what happens in the regular season. Maddon is a smart, experienced manager. The Yankees had only a mediocre spring training and it seems it has carried over into the regular season. The swagger doesn’t seem to be there. The first 3 starters didn’t have great stuff and the offence hasn’t shown up yet and a few glaring errors on the field. Nunez is back in tonight. Tex and Arod and Cano and Granderson really have to show up at the plate especially with runners in scoring position. This could be a big series. Orioles no push over at 3-0 to start.

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I wouldn’t worry too much about Toronto, as far as hitting they have been an all-or-nothing team, they’ll hit a ton of HR’s but not do a whole lot of anything else, their pitching will need to prove they can do a whole lot better than they did last year. Yanks have had Toronto’s number for a while now. The division will come down to the usual three teams, Boston NY an Tampa. Those teams are put together much more solidly. I’m not surprised Tampa swept the Yanks they’ve always given them a hard time.

Having a great record in games that don’t mean anything shouldn’t scare anyone.

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Let’s go Yankees!

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