Nova, Nuno Have Nada; Birds Pound Yanks 14-5


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GAME 8 : As The Captain likes to say, it all starts with pitching, and this afternoon it never showed up. The Baltimore Orioles lineup came out swinging, and hammered starter Ivan Nova for 7ER in 3 2/3, and laid a similar beat-down on Vidal Nuno, who also allowed 7 earned in 3 1/3. Every Oriole had at least one hit, while Adam Jones, Delmon Young, and Matt Wieters all went deep. Young embellished his reputation as a ‘Yankee Killer’, going 3-6 with the homer and 3 RBI. With the bullpen in a rough patch with D-Rob on the DL, Nuno was asked to take one for the team and save some arms.
HIGHLIGHTS AMIST THE LOWLIGHTS : Finally, a John Sterling home-run call for a new Yankee — as Kelly Johnson launched one to right: “‘Kelly killed it!” Alfonso Soriano started off the 4th with a moonshot to left. That’s a team total of 3 for the season so far. The Yanks’s single-season home run record of 242, accomplished in 2004, will be safe this year.
Another bright spot was the continued hitting display by Yangervis Solarte, who added 2 more doubles (tying him for the league lead with 6), going 2-4 with an average of .458. And with little to show for it today, Derek Jeter is getting some nice swings, driving the ball.
Here’s the ugly box score, and recaps from Brittany Ghiroli  (, and Jorge Castillo (The Star-Ledger).
It’s on Masahiro Tanaka to get things back on track tomorrow in his Yankee Stadium debut, facing righty Miguel Gonzalez in a 7:00pm EST series finale (4:00PM PT).


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