Game 94 / 53-41 / 1st / +5.5G : Masahiro Tanaka turned in a dominating start and the Yankees offense gave the ace more than he needed with a 4-run first inning. Chase Headley‘s bases-loaded double to deep center started the scoring, and New York tacked on 5 more the rest of the way, including a blistering solo home run by Jacoby Ellsbury.
Here’s the box score, full recap, and video highlights.
Yankees 9, Orioles 3
In addition to dealing on the mound, Tanaka flashed a lithe leather as well, spearing a comeback line drive that could have taken his head off.
“The nice thing I think about the win is getting contributions from a lot of different guys. Since the All-Star break, I think it’s been the case with a lot of our wins. It’ll be nice to take some of that momentum on the road, but it was a good homestand.” ‐ Jacoby Ellsbury (h/t: LoHud post-game wrap)
MEMORY LANE : On today’s date in 2012 the Yankees acquired Ichiro Suzuki from the Seattle Mariners for Danny Farquhar and D.J. Mitchell … In 1922, the Yankees traded a player to be named later (Lefty O’Doul), Chick Fewster, Elmer Miller, Johnny Mitchell and $50,000 to the Boston Red Sox for Joe Dugan and Elmer Smith. New York sent O’Doul to Boston on September 29, 1922 to complete the trade … (h/t: Today in Baseball History)
FOOTNOTES : The club hits the road for a 3-game weekend matchup with the surprising Minnesota Twins, who until this week were giving the Kansas City Royals a good battle in the American League Central. Michael Pineda (9-3, 3.77) will match up with old buddy Phil Hughes (8-6, 4.15) in the opener. Since the All-Star break the Twins have dropped 2 series on the road to both the Oakland A’s and Los Angeles Angels, while the Yanks have won two series at home from Seattle and Baltimore.