New York Yankees Top First-Place O’s In Series Opener (Highlights)

The New York Yankees edged the Baltimore Orioles in the first game of a four-game set to move back even at .500.

  • Baltimore Orioles: 1 (53-38)
  • New York Yankees: 2 (46-46)
  • American League, FINAL, Box Score
  • Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY

The New York Yankees rode the same dynamic formula to victory for a second straight night as they evened up their pivotal home stand at 2-2 (.500). Six innings from their starter followed by the monstrous trio at the back-end was the name of the game in tonight’s contest.

Ivan Nova was stellar in six frames, allowing a mere four hits and one run while striking out four. The right-hander picked up his seventh win as he was aided by just enough run support.

The Yanks plated two off Baltimore starter Kevin Gausman in his 6.2 strong innings. Runs in the second and third innings, respectively, helped distinguish themselves from the division leaders.

Dellin Betances struck out two while working around seventh inning trouble, Andrew Miller retired the side in the eighth, and Aroldis Chapman registered an eye-popping 105 mph on two separate occasions in the ninth.

The lefty flamethrower sealed the deal for his 19th save in 20 tries.

The win moved the Yankees to within 7.5 games of the O’s in the AL East and helped them keep pace at five back in the wild card chase.

Highlights

Alex Rodriguez launched his first home run in a month in the second inning, a 423-foot blast into the left field bleachers which gave the Yanks an early 1-0 advantage.

Jonathan Schoop provided an immediate answer in the top of the third when he lifted a homer into the left-center field bullpen to knot the game at one.

However, the typically powerful Orioles lineup was unable to muster any extra run support for the remainder of the game.

Brian McCann’s third inning sacrifice fly provided the difference as Brett Gardner crossed the plate with the deciding run.

Injury Update

Mark Teixeira was out of the lineup for a second straight night after fouling off his left foot in Saturday afternoon’s loss.

All examinations and results revealed no structural damage yet extra treatment was needed for the ailing first baseman.

One can feasibly assume that Tex will be back in the starting lineup tomorrow night, but nothing is a sure thing for the 36-year-old already attempting to keep a structural knee injury in check.

In 63 games this year, he is slashing a dismal .186/.263/.305 with seven homers and 20 runs batted in.

What’s Next?

The Yanks and O’s will battle it out in the second of four tomorrow night in the Bronx.

Nathan Eovaldi (7-5, 5.11 ERA) will return to the Yankee rotation after a brief stint in the bullpen as he goes up against Vance Worley (2-0, 2.87 ERA).

First pitch will commence at 7:05 pm ET from Yankee Stadium. The game can be seen on YES and heard on WFAN 660/101.9 FM. Stay tuned to ESNY for an in-depth pregame with all that you need to know ahead of the clash.

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