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From shutout to super: Yankees pick up doubleheader split in Baltimore

The New York Yankees (79-52) went from shutout to super in a day-night doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles (53-78) on Sunday. The Yankees lost a heartbreaking game one by a final of 2-0 before being powered by five homers in an 8-3 victory in Game Two.

In Game One the Yankees could not back a stellar pitching performance by starter Bartolo Colon (L, 8-9), who tossed 7.2 innings, giving up seven hits and striking out four batters. Colon was able to keep Baltimore scoreless until the bottom of the seventh inning, when Vladimir Guerrero laced an RBI single for a 1-0 lead.

Colon came out of the game in the bottom of the eighth, as the righty gave up three hits, which lead to the eventual go-ahead run for the Orioles.

Leading the Yankees offense in Game One was Mark Teixeira, who was 3-for-4 at the dish. Derek Jeter reached a milestone in the game, as the shortstop now leads all Bombers in games played with 2,402. The Captain reached the milestone in the top of the sixth inning, with the game had to past the fifth inning mark-to become an official game.

In Game Two, Jeter was scratched due to a foul tip of his knee, there has been no word yet on the status of the shortstop and if he will miss time with the club. The Yankees bats came to life in the second game as five homers lead the Bombers to the Game Two victory.

Rookie-sensation Ivan Nova picked up his 14th victory in pinstripes, to become the first young starter since 1971 to accomplish the feat. The righty has not lost a game in which the Bombers have had a lead, and thanks to slugger and MVP candidate Curtis Granderson they were able to gain that lead and hold it.

Granderson went deep twice, as the Yankees centerfielder now leads MLB with 38 homers and 107 RBI’s. Curtis finished the night going 3-for-5 at the dish, as he led a barrage of 11 total hits for the Bombers. The Yankees had a huge sixth inning, connecting for three home runs, while also taking a 7-3 lead at the time.

In that sixth Robinson Cano (23), Nick Swisher (20) and Andruw Jones (11) all were able to lift homers to left field, to give the Bombers their lead. Granderson made the game 8-3 in the top of the seventh inning, connecting for his second homer in the game.

The Orioles did attempt a comeback in the bottom of the eighth, as they were able to load the bases for the heart of the lineup. On the mound at the time was Yankees relief pitcher David Robertson, who lived up to his Houdini nickname by striking out three Orioles batter to get out of a huge jam.

Hector Noesi had an impressive ninth inning to close out the night portion of the doubleheader. Noesi impressed by pouring the ball in the lower half of the strike zone, inducing two groundball outs as well as a strikeout.

New York now looks to capture one final victory, before heading up to Boston to face their arch-rivals. In the finale on Monday it will be Freddy Garcia (10-7, 3.16 ERA) coming of the disabled list, to take on Alfredo Simon (4-6, 4.30 ERA). The first pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m.

Written on August 29, 2011
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