Bird's Big Fly Shoots Down Orioles

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Greg Bird crushes a three-run home run to right-center field to give the Yankees an 8-5 lead in the bottom of the 7th inning at Yankee Stadium on September 7, 2015

Game 136 / 77-59 / 2nd / -0.5 GB : A great day for one Bird (Greg), not so much for the other. The Orioles put up a fight, but the Yankees got ’em in the end, and every Yankee fans’ second-favorite team today — the Baastin Red Sawx — grounded the Jays in Fenway. The AL East is tied at the top in the loss column again.
On an 0-2 pitch against the nasty left-hander Brian Matusz, Greg Bird launched a mammoth 3 run homer to left to break a 5-5 tie.

Here’s the box score, full recap, and video highlights.

Yankees 8, Orioles 6

“Because I am.” ‐ Greg Bird when asked why he looks so comfortable in a pennant race  (h/t: Chad Jennings / LoHud)

  • Big Mike Rocked, Then Rolls   With stuff like Pineda’s, it drives you nuts when he gets lit up, and lit up he got in the second inning to the tune of 4 runs. But he settled down, keeping the O’s off the board and allowing the bats to figure out Wei-Yin Chen, which they did…
  • A-Rod   His booming 29th home run of the season moved him up to 23rd place on the all-time hits list with 3,054, passing Rod Carew and putting him one hit behind Rickey Henderson. The blast to left field closed the score to 4-3 Baltimore…
  • John Ryan Sends One Flyin’   John Ryan Murphy crushed a 3-1 pitch into the right field seats with Greg Bird aboard, giving the Yanks a 5-4 lead…
  • A D-Rob Sighting!   No wait, that was Dellin Betances. Three walks and three strikeouts in the same inning. I can’t take this…
  • September Baseball   This is the way playoff-bound teams play down the stretch, as the Yankees take their 8th win in the last 10 games, reaching a high-water mark of 18 games over .500. The team also leads MLB in home runs with 2 or more men on base with 38. Toronto is second with 25 …


MEMORY LANE : On today’s date in 1955, in the Yankees’ 2-1 win over the A’s, Whitey Ford becomes the fifth big league pitcher to throw consecutive one-hitters. In his last start, ‘Slick’ held the Senators hitless with the exception of a seventh inning bloop by Carlos Paula …

Today in 1978, the Yankees, four games behind the Red Sox in the American League East, arrive in Boston for a crucial four-game series. The Yanks begin the “Boston Massacre” with a 15-3 rout …

(h/t: NationalPastime.com, Baseball-Reference.com, Today in Baseball History)
FOOTNOTES : The Yankees selected the contract of LHP Chris Capuano from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, recalled LHP Jacob Lindgren from the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, and changed Nick Rumbelow‘s uni number to 50 …
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! : Warm birthday wishes to Suzyn Waldman! …
 

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