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BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 11: Closer Mariano Rivera #42 of the New York Yankees throws to a Baltimore Orioles batter during the tenth inning of the Yankees 6-4 win at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 11, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) Mariano Rivera.

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That’s More Like It, Yankees

The American League East is no joke this season, so it's best to make good on the games you get against the Orioles (no disrespect, Orioles, but y'all know how it is). It took the Yankees some extra frames to get it done, but New York got its wins over Baltimore, completing the three-game sweep in a ten-inning, 6-4 victory last night. Just like they did in the previous two games, the Yankees got on the board in the first inning, this time on Curtis Granderson's quick two-run homer. Then, just like they did in the last game, the starting pitcher (CC Sabathia this time) lost just a bit of command and let the Orioles pull in front. And, also like the previous game, this one went into extra innings. This time, though, it didn't last long. Nick Swisher got the big hit, cracking one over the right field wall to put the Yankees up 6-4, then Mariano Rivera completed another fine bull pen outing with his second straight save.

That bull pen's really been something, eh? Joe brought it up after the previous game, but check out these numbers now that the series is over:

  • Thirteen and a third innings pitched.
  • Seven hits.
  • Nineteen strikeouts.
  • Four walks.
  • Zero runs. None.

Hey, Davids Phelps and Robertson, Boone Logan, Cory Wade, Clay Rapada, Rafael Soriano, and Mariano Rivera: Nicely done, bros. Excellent work. Especially you, Mariano. We've already forgotten about that blown save.

The Yanks are off today, then hit home on Friday afternoon. They'll begin a series against the Angels with Hiroki Kuroda on the mound.

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Photo: Rob Carr/2012 Getty Images