4-2 win against the Orioles brings series result to 3 out of 4

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0   2 6 1
0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 x   4 7 1
W: Garcia (10-7)
L: Arrieta (10-8)
SV: Rivera (27)
Gardner, LF 5 1 1 3 0 1 3 .278
Jeter, SS 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .268
a-Cervelli, PH-2B 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 .235
Noesi, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Robertson, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
b-Jones, An, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .227
Rivera, Ma, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Granderson, CF 4 0 1 1 0 1 3 .269
Teixeira, 1B 3 0 2 0 1 1 0 .249
Cano, DH-2B 2 0 0 0 2 1 1 .295
Swisher, RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 6 .270
Chavez, Er, 3B 3 1 0 0 1 2 2 .277
Martin, C 3 1 0 0 1 1 3 .225
Nunez, E, 2B-SS 3 1 2 0 1 1 0 .275
Totals 31 4 7 4 6 10 21 .263
Garcia, F(W, 10-7) 6.0 5 2 2 2 6 0 3.22
Noesi(H, 2) 0.2 1 0 0 0 1 0 3.28
Robertson(H, 21) 1.1 0 0 0 0 3 0 1.49
Rivera, Ma(S, 27) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.79
Totals 9.0 6 2 2 2 10 0 3.47

Game Review from MLB.com’s Matt Fortuna:

NEW YORK — Joe Girardi said before Sunday’s game that the only communication he would have with general manager Brian Cashman before the 4 p.m. non-waiver Trade Deadline would be if he had to pull a player from the Yankees’ game against the Orioles.

Many held their breath in the fourth inning when Francisco Cervelli stepped to the on-deck circle instead of Derek Jeter. Everyone knew better than to think Cashman had traded Jeter, but it was unclear just how long the shortstop would be out after taking a pitch on his right hand to lead off the third inning.

Brett Gardner provided a welcome distraction from those concerns, hitting a decisive bases-loaded triple with Cervelli on deck to key the Yankees’ 4-2 win. Two innings later, fears were quelled when the Yankees announced that X-rays on Jeter’s right middle finger were negative, revealing just a bruise and making the captain day to day.

Jeter, who was in noticeable pain after taking the first pitch of the bottom of third near his right hand, was tended to by Girardi and head athletic trainer Gene Monahan before staying in the game another half-inning.

Cervelli, the backup catcher, went on to play second base for the first time in his career, fielding a clean fielder’s choice and throwing to short on the only ball hit to him, a Chris Davis grounder in the sixth.

“[Girardi] told me get ready, and then I started putting my shinguards on and he said, ‘You’re gonna play second base,'” Cervelli said. “I went, ‘All right.’ A little surprised, but let’s do it.”

Cervelli was replaced by designated hitter Robinson Cano to start the seventh, with the Yankees forfeiting their DH in the process.

A lineup that put together a historic game at the Stadium one night earlier was fine without the extra batter, winning its third game over Baltimore in less than 28 hours after Saturday’s split-doubleheader sweep.

Orioles starter Jake Arrieta walked Eric Chavez to start the fourth, one of six free passes he issued on the day. Russell Martin then reached on a ground ball that went right through the legs of J.J. Hardy at short, before Eduardo Nunez singled to load the bases.

Then came’s Gardner’s blow, a grounder that went past new Orioles first baseman Chris Davis before rolling all the way to the wall in right. All three runners scored standing up, and Gardner joined them two batters later on a Curtis Granderson RBI groundout.

“It’s not a double — it’s either a single or a triple,” Gardner said of his hit. “If it hits the corner that sticks out over there, especially with the arm [Nick] Markakis has, it’s a single. And if it doesn’t hit the corner, which it barely missed it, it’s a triple. There’s really no in-between, so as you’re running to first you’re hoping that it doesn’t go too far foul and catch that corner sticking out over there.”

The Yankees were aided by what has become a typical Freddy Garcia performance in 2011 — more substance than style, more movement than speed.

In helping the Yankees close out this 10-game homestand with a 7-3 mark, the 34-year-old Garcia pitched his eighth quality start in his last nine outings, striking out six over six innings while surrendering two runs on five hits.

“We know what Garcia is going to do,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said, in what has become a redundant statement in the visiting clubhouse throughout the season. “He’s going to throw you a fastball, and that’s the last one you’ll see. You get a lot of swing and misses on the splits out of the strike zone. He’s been doing that to a lot of people — not just to us — this year.”

More perplexing has been Garcia’s day-game success, as the right-hander is now 5-1 with a 1.73 ERA in eight starts under the sun this season.

Garcia did not have an explanation for it, though no one in the Yankees’ clubhouse was complaining.

“I just told him that he has to pitch every day game,” joked Mariano Rivera, who pitched a perfect ninth to record his 27th save. “He does good. He’s the veteran and knows how to pitch. He doesn’t have the 95-mph fastball he used to have, but he has a lot of wisdom. And with that, he uses it to his advantage. So I don’t worry when I see him pitching, because I know he’s going to give us everything that he has.”

The Yankees had their first quiet month leading up to the Trade Deadline since 2002, and Garcia and 38-year-old Bartolo Colon were big reasons why.

Having both signed Minor League contracts in the winter, the duo is now a combined 18-13, with each boasting an ERA of 3.30 or better.

“They’ve been excellent. When you look at their body of work, it’s been excellent,” Girardi said. “To have an ERA in the low threes in the American League East, that’s tough to do. So you have to measure what you’re trading for and what you’re giving up, and our guys have been really good, and we’ve gotten there with these guys. So my reaction to not making a trade — I didn’t expect one. I didn’t really see one coming. As I said, I worry about the guys in that room, and they’ve done a great job.”

Garcia said he has taken pride in his ability to become a fixture in the club’s rotation when so little was initially expected of him.

“I’ve got to be really happy,” he said. “It’s really tough and [we] got a really good hitting division. I was able to do it, and hopefully continue to pitch the way that I’m pitching. Try to win more games and try to help this team make it to the playoffs.”

About Mike D.

Mike D. is one of 2 co-founders of the Yankees Fans Unite Blog. He has been a Yankees fan for as long as he can remember, growing up in a family of huge NYY fans. His knowledge of the game comes from watching baseball his whole life, and playing third base in high school and college.

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