Post-Mortem: Well, we know why the Yankees lost this one -- AJ Burnett was outpitched, but only slightly, by Jake Arrieta, making his first major-league start, and the Yanks AAA lineup couldn't manage to come up with the five runs necessary to change that. But we still don;t know why Alex Rodriguez left the game before his first at-bat and why the Yankees were forced to go with Ramiro pena as their clean-up hitter. Heading down to the clubhouse for answers. Back soon
9:55: Swisher grounds out and that's a wrap, 4-3 Orioles in a rapid 2:48
9:53: Jeter flies to right and it's up to Swisher
9:51: Russo walks with one out, Jeter coming up
9:49: Thames hacks at the first pitch and flies to right. One down
9:46: Park pitches a tidy eighth and now, the Yankee hopes rest with Thames, Russo and Jeter facing David Hernandez. Hey, who knew the Orioles even had a closer?
9:39: Yanks down in order in the eighth; Chan Ho Park coming in to pitch
9:34: Now two hours have passed and Yankees have yet to release any info on A-Rod's mysterious disappearance
9:32: Marte throws two pitches, ends the threat on foul pop to third.
9:28: Burnett out after allowing consecutive two-out singles to Markakis and Wigginton; Damaso Marte coming on to face Scott
9:21: Oh, man. Ohman strikes out Cervelli on tense, 8-pitch AB. Kevin Russo in to play 3d, Cervelli stays in at catcher
9:17: O's get a reprieve: Girardi sends Cervelli up to hit for Pena
9:16: Now Ohman walks Teixeira. You don't walk Tex to get at a guy like El Nino. You just don't.
9:13: Frank Mata retires first two Yankee hitters and then Juan Samuel, managing as if his job depends on it -- he's only had it like a week -- pulls him for Will Ohman, who walks Swisher with two out
9:06: Arrieta's line in his first MLB start: 6IP, 4H, 3ER, 6Ks. Leaves with 4-3 lead. Not too shabby
9:05: Now, it's 90 minutes and still no word on A-Rod
9:02: Moore steals second. Burnett-Moeller battery having its problems tonight
9:00: after Burnett goes 3-0 on Moore, Yanks walk him to bring up Izturis
8:59: Second passed ball of the night on Moeller moves Jones to third with two out. Looked like Burnett crossed him up.
8:55: Luke Scott just misses a home run -- and Nick Swisher just misses a catch -- on ball hit to RF wall with one out in the sixth, Scott in with standup triple, then scores on Jones' double to base of RC wall, 4-3 Orioles, Chan Ho Park up in bullpen
8:50: Thames strikes out to end the threat. Meanwhile, Yankees PR man Jason Latimer tells me Bubba Crosby was last Yankee cleanup hitter to sacrifice bunt, on 4-24-04. Crosby had come in as a def. replacement for Jason Giambi, stayed in at cleanup as game went 12 innings.
8:48: O's walk Granderson to load bases and get to Thames with two out
8:47: Heady baserunning by Cano to take second on Posada's fly out to short left
8:45: O's intentionally walk Cano
8:42: the Yankee cleanup hitter just laid down a sacrifice bunt. when's the last time you saw that?
8:41: Teixeira leads off the sixth with a double to right
8:35: With two out, Tejada doubles hard down 3B line, Markakis up
8:34: One hour later, still awaiting word on why A-Rod was pulled from the game
8:31: Orioles tie the game on Scott Moore's home run to center leading off the fifth. Burnett hadn't allowed a hit since the first.
8:30: The Beatles "Glass Onion'' on the Camden Yards PA. Great choice
8:29: Arrieta is settling down, too, asn;t allowed a hit since the third, has five Ks in five innings. 3-2 Yankees.
8:17: another 1-2-3 for Burnett, that's 10 in a row since the first
8:04: Another 1-2-3 for Burnett, who appears to be settling down, has now retired seven straight since Adam Jones RBI single in the first
7:54: Teixeira's pop to left looks like it lands on the foul line, but 3b ump Gerry Davis calls it foul
7:53; Jeter scores on Swisher's sac fly to right and it's 3-2 Yankees in the third.
7:52: Yankees tie the game on great hustle by Moeller, who scores from first on Jeter's double into left-center gap, Jeter to third on the throw home.
7:46: Good bounce-back inning for Burnett, three up, three down in the second
7:40: Yankees get one back on a double by Cano and a shot into the RF corner by Granderson, scored a triple even though Markakis kicked it out of his own hand. 2-1 Orioles in the second
7:32: Dum-de-dum-dum: Ramiro Pena batting for A-Rod in the bottom of the second. So much for an uneventful night at the park. More details as we get them
7:27: Jones single to left, Tejada scores, and just like last night the Orioles take an early 2-0 lead
7:25: now Burnett hits Scott on the left foot. Two on, two out for Jones
7:22: after Markakis Ks, O's get on the board on Wigginton's sac fly to left. 1-0
7:19: Burnet's sinker gets past Moeller, passed ball moves the runners to second and third with none out, Markakis batting
7:18: Bad AJ plunks Tejada in the left shoulder
7:17: Corey Patterson singles off Burnett leading off the first, then steals second as Tejada bats.
7:13: Arrieta sets the Yanks down in order
7:08: The first pitch of the game -- and the first pitch of Jake Arrieta's major-league career -- is a ball to Jeter
Pre-game chatter: Although he appears to be progressing nicely in his rehabilitation from a hairline fracture of his right foot, the Yankees still have no date for a return to catching for Jorge Posada. Posada caught Phil Hughes’ side session Thursday afternoon and took part in catching drill with Tony Pena, but Joe Girardi refused to say when Posada might be ready to go back behind the plate. “We want to make sure he has his legs under him before he goes back out there,’’ Girardi said. “I have a date, yes (for Posada’s return), but no,, I’m not going to tell you’’ . . . With A.J. Burnett on the mound for the series finale against the Orioles, Chad Moeller got the start behind the plate. Moeller caught Burnett’s last start, a loss to the Blue Jays last Friday, but before you get the idea the mercurial Burnett has picked up yet another personal catcher, Girardi says don’t go there. “I’ve always thought that if a guy is only going to catch once every five days, it’s always easier to have him catch the same guy.’’ . . . Girardi said Brett Gardner, out for the past couple of days with soreness in the left thumb he broke last July, was “feeling much better’’ today, but would not be available for pinch-hitting tonight and would still undergo an MI Friday in New York. “We just want to make 100 percent sure we’re seeing everything we need to see,’ Girardi said. “We might have him back for the weekend.’’ . . . Girardi, who will manage the American League All-Star team July 13 in Anaheim, added L.A. Angels manager Mike Scioscia and Oakland A’s manager Bob Geren to his staff as bench coaches for the game. In addition Girardi will be bringing his coaching staff -- pitching coach Dave Eiland, hitting coach Kevin Long, bench coach Tony Pena, first base coach Mick Kelleher, third base coach Rob Thompson and bullpen coach Mike Harkey -- to anaheim wiht him . . . None of the Yankees has ever faced tonight’s Baltimore starter, RHP Jake Arrieta, who is making his major-league debut after posting a 6-2 record and 1.85 ERA this season with AAA Norfolk, but Girardi provided this scouting report: “He’s a guy with four pitches. He has very good stuff, good velocity, a good curveball. He didn’t give up a lot of hits in the minors (48 in 73 IP) but a fair number of walks (34). “From some of the tapes I watched, he seems to pitch up in the zone, so that’s the pitch you gotta lay off, because that’s either usually a swing and miss or a pop up.’’
Here are the lineups for tonight's Yankees-Orioles game at Camden Yards, first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
Note that with Brett Gardner still out with a sore left thumb, Marcus Thames gets the start in left, and wth Francisco Cervelli needing a rest and Jorge Posada still not ready to return to catching, Chad Moeller is behind the plate to handle A.J. Burnett, the second straight start in which the two have been paired.