Game 22: Yankees vs. Orioles

April 30, 2012, 7:05 p.m. ET, Yankee Stadium, Bronx, N.Y.
TV / Radio: YES, WCBS 880 AM

The surprising first place — yes, you read that correctly — Baltimore Orioles come to town tonight to open a three-game series in the Bronx. How is Buck Showalter’s Orioles team hanging in there after the Yankees last saw them, sweeping a three-game series at Camden Yards earlier in the month?

“I think it’s because they’ve pitched a lot better,” Joe Girardi said. “Two games that we played there (in Baltimore), we could have lost both of those. They were tight games. I think they’re an improved team, they’re athletic, Nolan Reimold has played extremely well for them. He’s a player that we thought a lot of when he first came up. But I think the big thing is they have pitched a lot better than they have in the past.”

Hiroki Kuroda has had a bad start, a good start, a bad one and a good one. That means he’s due for another clunker, so the Yankees are hoping he breaks out of this up and down string here tonight. Seven of the 14 runs Kuroda has allowed this year came in the first inning, so the Orioles’ blank first inning might be a good sign.

Hammel is back in the American League East after spending three years with the Rockies. The former Tampa Bay Ray has made 11 career appearances (five starts) vs. the Yankees, and is 1-2 with a 7.45 ERA in 29 innings, permitting 24 runs. As a starter, he’s 1-2 with a 6.57 ERA, though he hasn’t made a start against the Yankees since April 7, 2008.

ORIOLES (14-8)
Nolan Reimold LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Chris Davis 1B
Wilson Betemit 3B
Mark Reynolds DH
Robert Andino 2B

Jason Hammel RHP (3-0, 1.73 ERA)

YANKEES (12-9)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez RF
Eric Chavez 3B
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez LF

Hiroki Kuroda RHP (1-3, 4.38)

4 Comments

Great pitching by starter Huroda, Robertson and Mo. Good jack by Chavez. Good win for the Yankees. Let’s take the next 2. Who’s going to be our starters? Hughes? Not too confident there. Phelps? New role as starter. Should be interesting.

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Game, Set and Match with the Great Rivera notching another SAVE. Kuroda with another great effort tonight and I like Nunez in left. Good win!!!

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Great effort from Huroda. Looks like he good be a strong #2 starter behind CC. After that, who knows? We need Petitte back and soon. Tight game tonight. Pitchers’ duel. Not much offence. Hope we can squeak out a win here.

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Hi all. Back after missing the Tigers series because of a failed computer. A battle in the American East with Rays Orioles and Jays looking strong and the Sux coming on. Yankees need to string a few sweeps together. Up against a tough pitcher tonight who has a good record so far in the season. Will Huroda come up to the challenge? We’ll miss Swisher in the lineup. Gardner not in either. Let’s go yankees.

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