Monday, May 11, 2009

Yankees Blast off from Baltimore

Damon Gives Yankees a Sunday Blast

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WP - Chamberlain (2-1) SV- Rivera (6) LP - Johnson (2-1)

One of the few positives to come out of this season to date is the Yankees propensity to hit home runs. On the negative side, most of them have been with no one on base. But that hasn’t been the case for Johnny Damon, whose 3-run home run was the difference yesterday in the Yankees 5-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles.

It was Damon’s 5th home run in his last 7 games and 9th of the year. He’s 13-31 in a current 7-game hitting streak with 15 RBI and 4 doubles. Oh what a contract year can do for your numbers. Yesterday, he came up with two on and two out in the 7th inning and the Yankees down a run.

Robinson Cano had homered off Jamie Walker earlier in the inning to cut the Orioles lead in half, and Francisco Cervelli and Derek Jeter singled off of hard throwing right-hander Jim Johnson. Damon hit a shot deep into the seats in right-center field to give the Yankees their first lead since Mark Teixeira hit a solo home run off of O’s starter Koji Uehara in the 1st inning.

Damon’s home run made a winner of Joba Chamberlain, who survived a shaky first inning to pick up his 2nd win of the year. He gave up back to back singles to Brian Roberts and Adam Jones in the home half of the 1st, and one batter later surrendered a 3-run home run to Aubrey Huff for a 3-1 Orioles lead. Chamberlain allowed two more hits in the inning, but got some help when Melvin Mora was caught stealing.

But just as he did against the Red Sox on Tuesday night, Chamberlain settled down after the 1st inning. He allowed just four hits over the next five innings and finished with a quality start (6IP 3 ER). Phil Coke tossed a pair of scoreless innings and Mariano Rivera nailed down his 6th save with a scoreless 9th inning.

Game Notes

Rivera walked Felix Pie in the 9th inning to snap a streak of 24 straight innings without a walk, dating back to August 24 of last season.

Ironically, August 24 is also the day Johnny Damon hit his 9th home run last year.

Derek Jeter
is back in the business of stealing bases. He swiped his 7th yesterday after having only 11 all of last year. He has yet to be caught stealing this season.

Xavier Nady is expected to begin hitting off a tee at the end of this week.

The Yankees and all of MLB once again celebrated Mother’s Day with the “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” initiative. All Yankees wore pink wristbands and some used pink bats which will be auctioned off to raise money for breast cancer research.

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