Another 5 run game including a 2-run homer by Jeter and a pair of hits for Robinson Cano. Both of those players also swiped a bag, as did Johnny Damon. Teixeira made his first hit as a Yankee count with an RBI double. Cody Ransom hit an RBI double of his own, the only player to drive in a run against Baltimore starter Uehara. Swisher, who came in again as a pinch hitter, drew a walk. The bullpen held up with Edwar Ramirez, Jonathan Albaladejo and Jose Veras combining for 4 innings of shut out baseball. Albaladejo pitched a pair of hitless shutout innings.
I seem to see a theme concerning Yankee starters in the month of April. Is it just me, or does it seem like every year our starters begin horrible, can't give more than a handful of innings, and then burn out our bullpen part way through the month? Wang lasted just 3.2 innings and gave up 7 runs on 9 hits and 3 walks. That followed Sabathia's 4.1 innings of garbage. The bullpen better get those arms ready, because the innings have to come from somewhere.
That's two losses to start the season against the Baltimore Orioles. Its way too early to start panicking and as my brother has already pointed out, the Orioles are the best early season team in baseball. Luckily, we don't have to wait that long to see how Burnett will hold out. The game today is at 1:35pm.
Respect Jeter's Gangster is for the Children
The "Respect Jeter's Gangster" blog joined Johnny Damon's home run club, which raises money for the Children's Health Fund. We are pledged to donate $1.00 for every homerun the Yankees hit this season. We will keep a running tally of the home runs hit and the money donated throughout the season.
Jorge Posada 1hr = $1.00
Hideki Matsui 1hr = $1.00
Derek Jeter 1hr = $1.00
Total = $3.00
If you are interested in Johnny Damon's Homerun Club or the Children's Health Fund you can find links to both at the top right hand corner of our page.