Yankees Avoid Sweep, Trounce Baltimore 12-3
After losing nine of their previous 12 games, including their last 4 in a row, the Yankees entered today's matinee action looking to avoid a three-game sweep at the hands of the Baltimore Orioles. Well for the second game in less than 24 hours, the "Bronx Bombers" would get out to a big lead early, and this time would hold on for a 12-3 victory.
On the pitcher's mound, Phil Hughes scattered nine hits and allowed just 1 run in six innings of work, walking a pair and striking out two. Hughes improved his record to 11-8 on the year and lowered his ERA to 3.96, while pitching homerless ball for only the fifth time this season.
At the plate, two of the Yankees' biggest star hitters entered today's action struggling - Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson - but today, they helped lead the Yankees to victory. Cano went 2-for-3 with a grand slam during the team's seven-run 3rd inning, while Granderson hit his 29th homer of the season with a solo shot in the first inning. And despite finishing the day 0-for-2, newcomer Casey McGehee drew two walks, scored a pair of runs and drove in his first RBI as a Yankee with a Sacrifice Fly.
The Yankees have a day off on Thursday and will be back in action on Friday night. It will be the opener of a three-game series at Yankee Stadium against the Seattle Mariners, as CC Sabathia will take on Kevin Millwood. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m., with coverage beginning at 6:30 right here on "The Team."