GAME 156: In a surge of prowess at the plate, Derek Jeter has been lacing the ball on the final regular season home stand of his career. Yes, I said ‘regular season’. I’m holding out for a miracle — and the Captain is doing everything in his power to see to it that one happens. Jeter went 1-3, but his 5th inning double (his 17th of the season) knocked in a pair. His other ribby came on a groundout to short in the 3rd inning.

Michael Pineda 1-Hits Birds over 7.1 Innings

This time Pineda didn’t leave run support to chance. The tall right-hander turned in yet another solid outing, this time by stifling the powerful Orioles lineup, holding them to 1 hit while striking out 8. After mowing down the first 13 Birds, a J.J. Hardy single in the 5th was all Pineda allowed.  Shawn Kelley, Rich Hill, and David Phelps took it the rest of the way.

Jose Pirela Makes Loud Bronx Debut

September call-up Jose Pirela’s first major league hit was a big one — a booming triple to left center that knocked in Ichiro Suzuki and got the scoring started for the Yankees. The right-handed hitting second baseman was drafted out of Venezuela in 2008, and has been making noise in the Yankees farm system of late. He hit .305 in a full season at Triple A Scranton. While the second base position should be under heavy competition, Pirela deserves to get a long look in Spring Training.
Here’s the box score and recap.

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Today in Yankees Baseball History

MEMORY LANE: On September 22, 1970, the Yankees released Bobby Cox, who was recently inducted in the Hall of Fame as a manager … On this date in 1985, one night after scuffling with a patron in the bar of the Yankees’ Baltimore hotel, manager Billy Martin has his right arm broken by pitcher Ed Whitson in an early-morning brawl in the same bar.

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