WHAT IT MEANS: The Yankees and Orioles are tied for first place in the AL East. The two teams play three more times this weekend. The Rays are just two back. There are 25 games left. Buckle up, everyone.
NO ESCAPE: The reliever known as Houdini, David Robertson, entered in the eighth after the Yankees had clawed back to tie it at six. He imploded in a big way. After he got up 0-2 to Adam Jones, Jones smashed a 1-2 pitch over the left-field wall. Then, Mark Reynolds smacked a two-run homer and Robertson and the Yankees were done. For good measure, Chris Davis crushed a solo shot off Boone Logan.
STROP SLOP: The Yankees' four-run eighth was aided by Pedro Strop not being able to find the plate. With two runs already in, Strop loaded the bases by walking Russell Martin and then, of all people, walked pinch-hitter Chris Dickerson on four pitches. Next, Ichiro Suzuki, with probably his biggest moment as a Yankee, knocked a tying two-run single. Derek Jeter couldn't give the Yankees the lead as he meekly popped out to short.
FIRST IS WORST: With a playoff atmosphere because of a statue dedication for Cal Ripken Jr. and the fact the O's are really good this season, David Phelps looked at a sea of orange in what was his biggest start of his career. The Orioles lit him up for four runs in the first, the biggest hit a Matt Wieters three-run homer that scraped over the left-field wall. That made it 4-nil.
Prior to the homer, Phelps balked as he slipped on the mound. All in all, it was not a good start for Phelps. Phelps is fighting to keep his spot in the rotation with Ivan Nova returning soon. His four innings of five-run ball were poor.
CANO DIVES: There was quite the hullabaloo over Robinson Cano failing to dive earlier in the week and coming up with a hip injury. Well, in his first inning since the infamous non-dive, what did Cano do? He dove and made a nice play on a Nick Markakis grounder up the middle.
OCTOBER FEEL, ER FAIL: The Yankees very well might turn this around. I'm still a believer that they will win this division, but the third inning felt like one of those we have seen in the playoffs. With the atmosphere in the opposing ballpark very loud, the Yankees' offense squandered a chance, which was partly their doing and partly not.
Martin began the inning with a single, but Raul Ibanez's scorcher to second turned into a lineout DP. The Yankees weren't done as Ichiro Suzuki and Derek Jeter hit back-to-back singles. However, with RISP, Nick Swisher struck out.
GRANDY'S RBI SINGLES: Curtis Granderson has been all or nothing lately -- mostly nothing. In the fourth, he got the Yanks on the board with a two-out RBI single. In the eighth, Granderson added another RBI single to cut the lead in half to 6-3. This could be a sign for the Yanks regardless of the outcome.
GRAND DEFENSE: In the bottom of the fourth, Granderson might have robbed Chris Davis of a home run with a leaping catch in front of the 410-foot sign. Granderson then made a nice play in the gap on a long drive from Manny Machado.
BP SHOW: After the two long drives by the Orioles in the fourth, Robert Andino dropped a bomb over the left-field wall as Baltimore matched the Yankees' run. It looked as if the Orioles were taking batting practice in the inning, despite scoring only the one run.
BLOWN AWAY: In the fifth with two men on and the Yankees down three, Cano came up with two on and two out. Three Jason Hammel pitches later, Cano struck out.
REYNOLDS RAPPED: If the Orioles win this division, Reynolds might carry them. Yes, Mark Reynolds. Not only did Reynolds take care of Robertson, he nailed a shot in the sixth off Joba Chamberlain. He has eight homers in the past six games.
COMING ATTRACTIONS: I'm writing how this felt like a playoff game against a younger, feistier opponent, which wasn't a good thing for the Yankees. I will be on ESPN New York 98.7 FM in the midnight hour with Bill Daughtry.
WHAT'S NEXT:What is your level of concern? Rate it from 1 to 10 (10 being the most concerned). And why?