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Yankees earn split in Baltimore to remain atop AL East

Sep 9, 2012, 5:28 PM EDT

Orioles Britton rubs his face as he leaves the field in their MLB American League baseball game against the Yankees in Baltimore Reuters

There was nothing settled in Baltimore this weekend: the Yankees crushed the Orioles 13-3 on Sunday to earn a split of the four-game series and maintain a one-game lead in the AL East.

Curtis Granderson and Derek Jeter homered in the rout.

The Yankees took a 5-0 lead in a four-run fourth inning that included a pair of bases-loaded walks. Baltimore came right back with three runs in the bottom of the frame, but that amounted to all of the team’s scoring on the day. The Yankees turned it into a laugher by scoring two in the seventh and five in the eighth.

Granderson became the first Yankee since at least 1918 to knock in five runs in a game in which he didn’t start. He pinch-hit for Andruw Jones after the Orioles replaced left-hander Zach Britton and had a solo homer, a two-run single and a two-run double in his three at-bats.

The Cubs’ David DeJesus and the Athletics’ Seth Smith have also had five-RBI games off the bench this year.

Joba Chamberlain got his first win of the year for the Yankees after relieving Freddy Garcia in the fourth and pitching 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

While nothing was settled in the standings this weekend, it will likely prove to be a costly series for both teams. Nick Markakis is out six weeks with a broken thumb after being hit by a CC Sabathia pitch, and Mark Teixeira could be done for at least the regular season after aggravating his calf Saturday night.

  1. proudlycanadian - Sep 9, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    It is possible that neither of these teams will make the playoffs.

    • number42is1 - Sep 9, 2012 at 5:41 PM

      no

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 9, 2012 at 5:48 PM

        YES! The Rays might win the AL East while the Wild Card teams could be Oakland and the Angels.

      • protius - Sep 11, 2012 at 3:05 AM

        Yes, the Rats will win the AL East in Bizaro World. if and only if they can get Mxyzptlk off the Dl in time to bat him fifth behind Airognol.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 9, 2012 at 6:08 PM

      Possible, yes, but the Yanks have a relatively easy schedule the rest of the year. 6 vs Bos, 3 vs TB, 7 vs Tor, 3 vs Oak and 3 vs Minn. TB and Bal still have 6 games against each other, so unless something crazy happens, like a 6 game sweep from one while the other wins 80% of the remaining games, it’s likely one of them knocks the other out of playoff contention.

      • Glenn - Sep 9, 2012 at 6:41 PM

        One would also think that there will be a correction after a pretty bad streak by the Yankees … but I said that about the Red Sox last year.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 9, 2012 at 6:46 PM

        true, anything can happen. But it’s why we see the Yanks at 80+% Playoff odds through today’s games, because stuff like the Sox/Braves collapse(s) last year just don’t happen that often.

    • number42is1 - Sep 9, 2012 at 6:12 PM

      still no.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 9, 2012 at 7:35 PM

        After today’s games the W/L stats are as follows. Oakland 79 – 60, NYY 79 – 61, Balt 78-62;
        TB 77 – 63 and LAA 77 – 63. At this stage, losses are more important than wins. If TB sweeps the Yankees, then NY would be down and looking up. Tampa Bay has the best pitching and New York’s pitching is suspect. By the way, both NY and Baltimore just lost important hitters.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 9, 2012 at 7:58 PM

        If TB sweeps the Yankees, then NY would be down and looking up. Tampa Bay has the best pitching and New York’s pitching is suspect.

        Yes, and if the standings remain the same when they meet, one NYY win ensures that TB can’t catch them during that series. And while the Rays pitching is better, the Yanks offense is far better than TB. Not sure why you only mention one and ignore the other.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Sep 9, 2012 at 7:09 PM

      one thing for certain, the jays will once again be sitting home in Oct. Also this just in, water is wet, the earth is round.

    • bigharold - Sep 9, 2012 at 7:47 PM

      Don’t hate.

      Just cause the Jays flamed out this season shouldn’t be reason to wish for the worse case scenario for as many others as possible.

      It’s certainly possible but not probable that both will miss the playoffs and that the third place team will leap frog both.

    • chill1184 - Sep 9, 2012 at 8:50 PM

      Alot can happen between now and October

    • badintent - Sep 10, 2012 at 12:08 AM

      Yo Moosehead, Stick to Hockey , cause you know nothing about any other sports.That cheap beerpiss Molson is rotting your brain. It is POSSIBLE that a meteor will hit your house, not likely, but we can always hope.

  2. thatyankeedude - Sep 9, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    I kinda had the feeling the Yankees might have one of these days. Little frustrated last night results in a lot of frustration released today.

    • jason9696 - Sep 9, 2012 at 6:06 PM

      Unfortunately you were right. :(

  3. buffalomafia - Sep 9, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Fire Girardi!

    • djpostl - Sep 9, 2012 at 9:08 PM

      ^^^^^ what this guy said.

  4. husky2score - Sep 9, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    I don’t really get why the O’s are using/keeping Kevin Gregg. He does nothing for his team and can only throw strikes by accident.

    • mazblast - Sep 10, 2012 at 1:50 AM

      He has his role in blowouts, usually to make them worse. I wonder what the O’s run differential would be without him.

  5. mazblast - Sep 10, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    Boy, the Invincible Yankees sure showed the Orioles this weekend, didn’t they? That really was the decisive beatdown Yankee fans were predicting.

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