Yankees Get First Win of the Season, Beat Orioles 6-2
The New York Yankees headed into Baltimore looking to turn things around after being swept in the opening series in Tampa Bay. Finally, they were able to put together a complete game and get a win. Ivan Nova looked like the 2011 version where he went 16-4, good news for Yankee fans. He pitched seven solid innings only allowing two runs with seven strikeouts. He had strong command all night not walking a single batter. Orioles starter Brian Matusz coming off of a 1-9 season last year did not look sharp is his season debut, he allowed four runs on six hits and in four innings.
Derek Jeter had himself a night. He went 4 for 4 including a RBI double. Orioles catcher Matt Wieters also had a four hit night including a solo shot off Nova in the second inning. It was the 41st 4+ hit game of Jeter’s career and second of Matt Wieters. Andruw Jones hit his first home run of the season, a line shot into the left field seats in the sixth off Orioles reliever Darren O’Day.
The Yankees bullpen looked solid not allowing any runs. David Robertson pitched the eighth, struck out two. Mariano came on in the ninth in a non-save situation, his first action since blowing the save and getting the loss in the season opener Friday.
The Yankees will visit the Orioles again tommorow night. New York sends Freddy Garcia to the mound and Baltimore will start Taiwanese rookie and former Japanese leaguer Wei-Yin Chen. First pitch at 7:05, pregame at 6:30 here on 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio.