Yankees 15, Orioles 3
As Alex Rodriguez moves up the charts in several impressive
categories, he has come to accept his place among baseball’s
Rodriguez hit a milestone grand slam and drove in six runs, CC
Sabathia earned his first win of the season and the New York
Yankees pounded the Baltimore Orioles 15-3 on Saturday night.
Rodriguez connected with the bases full against Josh Rupe in a
seven-run eighth inning. It was his 22nd career slam, pushing him
past Manny Ramirez into second place on the career list behind only
Lou Gehrig (23).
”It’s definitely exciting. I appreciate the moment,” Rodriguez
said. ”I think I’ve grown and matured to a level now where I can
appreciate it some and not just brush it off like I did in the
The six RBIs also lifted Rodriguez past Carl Yastrzemski into
10th place on the career RBI list (1,847), according to Elias
”Without question, I’m going to appreciate (the
accomplishments) a lot more once I’m done playing,” he said. ”But
overall, I played with a lot of great players. Numbers like RBIs
and wins and championships, you need 25 guys, 24 other guys helping
A-Rod had plenty of help in this blowout. Russell Martin homered
twice, and Jorge Posada and Brett Gardner also connected for the
Yankees, who lead the majors with 35 home runs.
Sabathia (1-1) allowed three runs and six hits in eight innings,
striking out seven and walking one. The performance came one night
after his scheduled start was postponed by a rainout.
”Maybe that extra day did help him,” manager Joe Girardi said.
”I saw him (Friday) and he looked OK, but you know he had a
low-grade fever and wasn’t feeling great.”
Sabathia came in with a 2.52 ERA, but was winless after four
starts for only the third time in his career.
The left-hander’s elusive first victory of the year came against
a team he has dominated for years. In 21 starts against Baltimore,
he’s 15-2 with a 2.89 ERA.
What’s up with that?
”I have no idea because the lineup is always different,”
Sabathia said. ”It’s just one of those things, one of those
But the story was Rodriguez, whose ability to repeatedly come up
with a clutch hit is probably no accident.
”It credits the amount of work he’s been able to do, and how
gifted and talented he is when you get guys on,” teammate Curtis
Granderson said. ”The guy never cracks and just takes advantage of
all the opportunities.”
Adam Jones homered for the Orioles, who have lost 27 of their
last 34 games against New York.
Brad Bergesen (0-3) gave up six runs and eight hits in six
innings. He’s 0-3 with a 7.29 ERA in four career starts against the
”It’s a great hitting lineup, and a couple pitches really hurt
me,” Bergesen said. ”This lineup, you’re not going to get away
with a whole lot and it was evident tonight.”
Four of the first five New York batters reached base in a
three-run first inning. After Derek Jeter singled and took third on
Mark Teixeira’s double, Rodriguez hit a two-run double and Robinson
Cano capped the uprising with an RBI single.
After one turn through the lineup, the Yankees produced three
runs on five hits. Baltimore, in contrast, went 0 for 9 with three
Sabathia retired the first 11 batters before Derrek Lee singled
with two outs in the fourth.
Bergesen rebounded from his shaky start to pitch well through
the fifth inning, but in the sixth he gave up a single to Cano and
walked Nick Swisher before Martin homered.
Jones hit a three-run drive in the seventh, but New York pulled
away in the eighth against three Baltimore relievers. Posada hit a
two-run shot off Jason Berken and Martin immediately followed with
his sixth home run of the season. Then, after the Yankees loaded
the bases against Jeremy Accardo, Rodriguez hit a 2-0 pitch into
the left field seats.
Before that outburst, New York was the only team in the majors
that had not scored at least four runs in an inning.
After Rupe hit Martin in the back with a pitch in the ninth,
Gardner hit his first homer of the season.
Rupe said the brushback pitch was completely accidental.
”I had no intent to hit him. I looked at the video and it
didn’t look good,” the pitcher said. ”But there’s no way that I
would intentionally go at somebody’s head or go way up there. I
know how to hit a guy when the situation calls for it and that
wasn’t it. No, I wouldn’t do it.”
Notes: Cano extended his hitting streak to 12 games. He’s 19 for
49 (.388) during that span. … Brian Roberts has hit in 10
straight for Baltimore. … Jeter (2 for 17), Gardner (0 for 16)
and Posada (2 for 20) ended prolonged slumps.