Bats go silent in final six frames

The Yankees banged around Orioles starter Alfredo Simon to the tune of four hits and four runs in four innings. Simon also helped the Yankees by issuing six walks.

But Joe Girardi's crew didn't fare as well against Baltimore's bullpen.

The Yankees couldn't get a hit or put a runner in scoring position after the fourth inning on Thursday.

"It's surprising we didn't and that's probably the difference in the game," Girardi said. "We lost because we didn't score any more runs."

SWISHER HURT? Nick Swisher was seen tending to his left hand during the middle innings of Thursday's game. He wouldn't say afterward whether he was hurt or not but acknowledged that the injury affected him to a degree.

"Everybody's banged up, everybody's got bumped and bruises," he said.

Swisher was the only Yankee to play in each of the team's last three games. Tuesday's started at 11:30 p.m. and ended after 2 a.m. That was followed by a day game Wednesday and another day game in Baltimore.

"It's my job, that's what I get paid to do," Swisher said. "It is a grind though."

NO COMPLAINING ABOUT MAKEUP: When the game was originally scheduled in late August, the Yankees argued vociferously against playing Thursday's makeup in Baltimore because it would cost them one of two remaining off-days. But they didn't make a big deal of it after a 5-4 ten-inning loss.

"We can't control the schedule," Derek Jeter said. "We have to play when they tell us to play."

Up next, the Yankees travel to Los Angeles for a three-game series against the Angels - the next stop on their four-city, ten-game road trip.