NEW YORK YANKEES NOTES –
• The Yankees won their fifth straight game and have now won eight of their last nine…have won five straight home games, matching their season high (also 6/25-30)…are a season-high 33 games over .500…improved to 34-27 on Labor Day in the Expansion Era.
• The Yankees are a Major League-best 38-9 (.809) in day games in 2011, including a 25-3 mark at home in day contests…improved to 32-13 (.711) vs. left-handed starters this season, winning their fourth straight such game.
• The Yankees improved to 12-3 vs. the Orioles in 2011 (6-1 at Yankee Stadium)…have scored 7.3 R/G (109 runs total) against Baltimore this season…have won 36 of the last 46 games between these two teams.
• The Yankees scored at least 10 runs in a game for the 17th time this season, second-most in the Majors.
• Yankees batters lead the Majors with 197HR,
• DH Jesus Montero (2-for-3) hit his first two Major League home runs, with a solo HR in the fifth – to give the Yankees a 9-8 lead – and a two-run HR in the seventh that proved to be the game winner…became the first Yankee to hit his first two home runs in the same game since Shane Spencer in 1998 (credit: Elias), and the first Yankee to record a multi-homer game within his first four Major League games since Shelley Duncan on 7/22/10 vs. Tampa Bay in his fourth game.
hitting 27HR over their last 13 contests.
• RHP Freddy Garcia allowed a season-high 7R/7ER in 2.2IP (9H, 0BB, 1K, 2HR)…surrendered 2HR, matching his season high (third time) and marking his most since 5/15 vs. Boston…had allowed 2HR total over his previous 12 starts combined…his first-inning homer surrendered to Markakis was his first allowed to a LH batter since 6/7 (Boston’s Jacoby Ellsbury)…was also his first HR allowed at home since Ellsbury’s homer…is still undefeated in his last six starts.
• 2B Robinson Cano (2-for-5) hit his seventh career grand slam – and third this season – in the second inning…becomes the seventh Yankee over the last 30 years with at least three slams in a season (also Mattingly, six in 1987, and Posada, 2001; Sierra, 2004; Spencer, 1998; Stanley,
1993; and Rodriguez, 2007 and 2010 – each with three apiece)…six of his seven grand slams have come at the
current Yankee Stadium. Is now tied with Tony Lazzeri for the most grand slams by a Yankees second baseman. Has hit safely in nine straight games and 26 of his last 27 contests since 8/7, batting .348 (39-for-112) with
20R, 12 doubles, 6HR and 30RBI over the stretch.
• The Yankees lead the Majors with nine grand slams this season (by seven different players)…is one grand slam
shy of their franchise high set in 1987 and matched last year.
• 3B Alex Rodriguez (1-for-2) scored two runs and now has 1,818 career runs, breaking a tie with Carl
Yastrzemski (1,816) for sole possession of 15th place on Baseball’s all-time runs scored list.
• RHP Scott Proctor (2.0IP, 3H, 1ER, 1BB, 2K, 1HR) made his first appearance for the Yankees since 7/27/07 at Baltimore.
• RHP Mariano Rivera (1.0IP, 2H, 1ER, 1K) earned his 38th save of the season – five more than all of last year…was his 597th career save…has converted all 20 of his save chances at home this season…marked the first time he recorded a save in a game in which the Yankees scored at least 11R since 8/28/10 (12-9 win at Chicago-AL).
BALTIMORE ORIOLES NOTES–
• The Orioles lost their third straight game and fell to 2-9 in their last nine contests…have now lost three straight road games after winning five in-a-row away from Camden Yards…lost for just the second time in their last eight series openers on the road.
• The Orioles fell to 3-12 vs. the Yankees in 2011 (1-6 at Yankee Stadium)…fell to 5-20 at the current Yankee Stadium…have allowed 7.3 R/G (109 runs total) against the Yankees this season.
• Baltimore collected at leats 17 hits in a game for the fourth time this season, falling to 1-3 in those contests.
• LHP Brian Matusz exited after 1.1IP, allowing 5H (three for extra bases – 2 doubles, 1HR) and 5ER with 2BB, 3K and 1HR…matched his shortest career non-injury outing (also 6/12/11 vs. Tampa Bay)…is winless in his last eight starts dating back to 6/12, going 0-7 with a 12.38 ERA (32.0IP, 44ER) over the stretch…has now allowed a homer in nine straight starts.
• Orioles starter this season have combined to go 3-8 with a 7.02 ERA (74.1IP, 58ER) vs. the Yankees this season…overall in 2011, have allowed at least five runs 48 times.
• 1B Mark Reynolds (3-for-4) hit his team-high 32nd home run of the season…matches Aubrey Huff (32HR in 2008) for the most homers by an Oriole over the last seven seasons (2005-11) and is two shy of the most by a Baltimore player in the 2000s (Miguel Tejada, 34HR in 2004)…has hit three home runs in last six road games…matched his season high with 3H (seventh time).
• 3B Robert Andino (2-for-5) hit his third home run of the season, setting a career high.
• Orioles 7-9 batters today (Reynolds, Andino, Adams): 8-for-14, 6R, 1 double, 2HR and 5RBI.