Yankees Use the Unwanted to Blast Orioles

Injuries to the Yankees starting lineup has forced them to pick up a few waiver claims for players released by other teams to complete their roster.  Lyle Overbay, Brennan Bosch and Ben Francisco were recently released by their teams and picked up by the Yankees to fill holes created by injuries.  Bosch slugged a 2-run homer in the seventh and Ben Francisco followed with a homer to make it back to back, both balls travelling in the same left centerfield area to lead the Yankees to an 11-8 win.  Lyle Overbay also had a couple hits in the win.

Alex Casilla did not have a very good day for the Orioles at short, a position he will need to play to fill a utility role.  He made two errors to open the gates for the Yankees first three runs in the second inning.  Jair Jurrjens was also removed from the game in the second after being drilled in the lower back by a Troy Neal line drive comebacker in the second.  Alex still tried to retire Neal at first, wildly throwing the ball into the dugout.  The Yankees scored three runs in the inning, two of them crossing the plate on a Bobby Wilson double to left center.

The Orioles tied the score in the fifth, finally getting to David Phelps.  Through the first four innings Phelps had only given up one hit and struck out six, facing just one batter over the minimum.  A one out walk to J.J. Hardy set up the 2-run homer from Nate McLouth that struck the palm trees far over the right field fence.  A walk and two singles, the last by Nick Markakis tied the game at 3-3.  Phelps still came on to strikeout the leadoff batter in the sixth to give him nine strikeouts for the night and a good memory about the game.

Mark Hendrickson did not help his bullpen chances for the Orioles in the sixth when he walked the first two hitters he faced in his second inning of work.  A double steal by Jason Nix and Thomas Neal put them in scoring position where Nix scored on a Bobby Wilson fly ball.  For Wilson he finished the game with three RBIs.

The Yankees blasted Chris Petrini for six runs on six hits, one walk a wild pitch and an error by Petrini in the top of the seventh.  The Orioles came roaring back off Josh Spence and Brandon Pinder with five runs in the bottom frame to make it 10-8.  Taylor Teagarden had the big hit with a 3-run homer to finish off the scoring.  After the 11 run seventh myworld abandoned ship for the 2 hour ride back to Orlando.

Game Notes: Matt Wieters struck out in all three of his at bats.  Chris Davis and J.J. Hardy had back to back strikeouts, neither one of them taking the bat off their shoulder off David Phelps.  Brian Roberts struck out twice and Adam Jones struck out three times after hitting a single in the first inning.  It is nice the Orioles are showing patience, but there were too many called third strikes…David Phelps was only hitting the high 80s with his fastball on the radar gun.  He appears to have made the Yankees starting rotation with the news Phil Hughes will start the season on the disabled list.  He is just one of many Yankees starting the year on the disabled list, joining Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira and possibly Derek Jeter.  These Yankees are not young…It was a double Nix day for myworld.  We saw Laynce play for the Phillies in Lakeland for the day game and Jason play for the Yankees in the night game.  Jason had the better day, scoring three runs with a walk and a hit…A Mason Williams sigting.  He had a soft single to left that was ruled a double after the ball bounced past the charging Nate McLouth…If the Yankees are not out of the pennant race by May it will be a brilliant managing job by Joe Girardi, weaving in a bunch of released players to fill a lineup ravaged by a number of regulars appearing on the disabled list to start the season.  It looks to be a long season for Yankee fans, but at this point in the year they are underdogs, with most experts picking them for fourth place in the division.  The underdog slot is a rare position for them to be in.

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