Game 53: Orioles @ Yankees

Post-mortem: As we knew, this 16-game stretch, of which the Yankees have now payed 6 games, is the soft underbelly of their schedule and accordingly, the Yankees have now won five of those games. of course, they should have won all six, having blown that 10-5 lead to the Indians on Saturday. Still, 5 out of 6 ain't bad, although watching tonight's 9-1 victory over the helpless Orioles was about as entertaining as watching the Yankees pull the wings off Birds. Phil Hughes was excellent once again, Robby Cano unstoppable with a two-run homer and three runs scored, Nick Swisher had three ribbies and Curtis Graderson had three hits.

9:58: Chad Gaudin, rhymes with mop-up man, finishes up the ninth and this two-hour, 49-minute exercise in sadosm comes to an end, 9-1 Yankees

9:45: Swsiher knocks in his third run of the night wth a single, it's 9-1 Yankees. Please, make it stop

9:32: The Orioles are truly inept: trailing by seven runs, they send Tejada from first on a no-outs double in the eighth, only to see him thrown out easily at the plate by Pena. Instead of a potential big inning, they got bupkes

9:29: And the mercy rule has been invoked: Jeter, A-Rod out, Pena and Russo in. Frankly, tickets for this game should have had the words "Foregone Conclusion'' stamped on them.

9:22: From Detroit, Jim Joyce calls Posada safe on grounder to first

9:21: no doubt about it as Cano parks a 2-2 pitch into RF bleachers and it's 8-1 Yankees in the seventh

9:13: Hughes quietly in command tonight, 7IP, 6H, 1ER, 1BB, 7Ks so far

9:12: 2b ump Tim Welke takes one for the team as Moore's line single hits him on the hip; crowd cheers as if he is Jim Joyce or something.

9:00: on his 94th pitch of the game, Hughes hits 94 MPH to fan Matt Wieters ending the sixth

8:55: Hughes loses his shutout bid on a double by Tejada followed by Wigginton RBI single. 6-1 Yankees in the sixth

8:24: Swisher picks up his second hit of the night, a single leading off the fourth

8:21: A 1-2-3 fourth for Hughes.

8:19: Ty Wigginton might be losing his mind. Last night, he ran backwards from first base; tonight he's trying very hard to get himself tossed from the game arguing a third strike with HP ump Welke

8:14: Gardner's sacrifice fly drives in Cano with the Yankees' sixth run of the game.

8:11: and that's all for Brad Bergesen; LHP Mark Hendrickson takes over for O's with one out in the third, Gardner coming up

8:09: Cervelli takes one in the back to force in a run, 5-0 Yankees

8:08: Granderson collects his second hit of the night, a line single to center, and it's bases loaded, one out for Cervelli

8:04: Infield hit by A-Rod, line single to right by Cano and the Yankees have two on, none out in the third for Posada

7:59: Markakis pops to third to kill the threat

7:56: Miguel Tejada rips a two-out double into RF corner, Izturis stops at 3d, two on for Nick Markakis

7:53: Cesar Izturis gets second Orioles hit of game, line single to right just over Teixeira's glove

7:48: Wigginton's leaping catch robs Teixeira of a hit and probably, the Yankees of another run. 4-0 after two.

7:47: Now Swisher doubles to right-center gap and Yankees have four runs in this inning

7:46: Granderson gets caught in a rundown on Jeter's comebacker, Jeter to seocnd, Gardner to third with two out

7:44: Jones can't get to Gardner's bloop to center, Granderson has to hold up to see if the ball drops, can only get to third, Yankees have second and third, one out for Jeter

7:39: Granderson's double to the base of the wall in left-center scores both runners, 2-0, still none out, Cervelli up

7:37: Posada walks; first and second for Granderson with none out

7:35: Posada gets a big welcome back in his first plate appearance since May 16

7:34: Yankees first hit is a Cano single leading off the second; Cano's hit streak now at 16 games

7:32: Hughes blows high FB past Adam Jones to strand Scott at second

7:28: Luke Scott scalds Hughes' 1-0 fastball for a 2B down RF line

7:27: Jeter, handcuffed by Wiggninton's grounder, recovers in time to throw him out at first

7:24: A-Rod flips his bat away and engages in a long, animated conversation with HP ump Bill Welke after getting punched out to end the first

7:22: teixeira's ground out moves Jeter to 3d. Tex's bruised foot looked OK as he ran hard down 1B line

7:21: Swisher's ground out moves Jeter to 2d

7:18: Red-hot Jeter draws a leadoff walk

7:15: Hughes sets the Birds down in order with 2 Ks

7:09: Hughes' first pitch is a strike to Corey Patterson

Yankees catcher Jorge Posada is off the disabled list and will start at designated hitter on Wednesday night.

He thinks he might DH more than he has in the past, but he is not mentally prepared for it, saying, "I'm not a DH yet."

"I'm going to try to be ready for both," Posada, who had a hairline fracture of his right foot, said of catching and DH'ing.

Francisco Cervelli was behind the plate Wednesday.

"You are probably going to see that lineup a little bit more," Posada said.

When Posada spoke about Cervelli, he made sure to call him "the catcher of the future." Posada definitely still thinks of himself as the catcher of the present.

Juan Miranda was sent down to make room for Posada. Chad Moeller remains as the third catcher, giving manager Joe Girardi the flexibility to DH Posada more.

Here are tonight's lineups:


Patterson LF

Tejada 3B

Markakis RF

Wigginton 1B

Scott DH

Wieters C

Jones CF

Moore 2B

Izturis SS

Bergesen RHP


Jeter SS

Swisher RF

Teixeira 1B

Rodriguez 3B

Cano 2B

Posada DH

Granderson CF

Cervelli C

Gardner LF

Hughes RHP