If the things continue the way they are, Johnny Damon will probably ink himself a new contract with the pinstripes this offseason. Damon continued his hot spring with a three-run home run to right field to give the Yankees the lead in the 7th inning, and the series from the O’s, 5-3.
Mark Teixeira connected in the first inning and Aubrey Huff of the Orioles answered with his own three-run homer off starter Joba Chamberlain. As it was last week against Boston, Chamberlain settled down and did not allow any more runs for the rest of his outing. Chamberlain went six innings, allowing nine hits, three runs, two walks and five srikeouts. Phil Coke came in and did well, pitching two scoreless innings and Mariano Rivera saved the game for his sixth save of the season.
Tex’s homer was the only score the Yankees had until Robinson Cano homered in the seventh. After that, came Damon’s homer. That was all the Yankees needed.
There are a few things of note from today’s game and the overall Orioles series:
- Francisco Cervelli has been hitting good as of late. He was 2 for 4 today. Scouting reports will catch up to him soon and opposing pitchers will know what to do with him, but this rookie has to enjoy it while it lasts. He did a good job the entire series.
- Tex has had a bad spring, but the last two games, with two homers, has helped his BA go up to .198. It’s still below the Mendoza line, but he’s getting there.
- A-Rod is 2 for his last 11. He’s still rusty, I presume. He’ll get there.
- Swisher is slowly coming back to earth. His BA is .270 and he struck out three times today. He’s still good for home runs and RBIs every now and then and while Nady is out, he’s our starting right fielder.
- Best buddies Cano and Melky Cabrera are having strong starts to their spring. I’m actually happy to see Cabrera in CF, he’s pretty damn good with tracking down the balls and his rocket-arm is an asset.
- Oh, Cervelli threw down Adam Jones again, for the second time in three games. He’s earning his pinstripes, one by one.
The Yankees are off tomorrow before they go to Toronto for a three-game series against the first-place Blue Jays. The Tuesday game is already shaping up to be a good one as AJ Burnett goes up against his old team and his old mate, Roy Halladay. Halladay is 6-1 on the year and Burnett is 2-0. More on the series tomorrow.