Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Recap: Orioles 3, Yankees 1

Manny Machado went 3-for-3 with an RBI and Wei-Yin Chen threw three scoreless innings Tuesday as the Orioles worked around a nice start from Chase Whitley to beat the Yankees, 3-1, in a weekday matinee in Sarasota. 

Whitley Gets Out of Trouble: Whitley quickly found himself in a first-and-third, one-out jam in the bottom of the first, but got out of it without any damage after inducing an Adam Jones pop-up and a Matt Wieters ground ball. He then went on to put up zeros for two more frames, ultimately surrendering just two hits and three walks while striking out one. 

Rogers Impresses Again: Yankees right-hander Esmil Rogers didn't end up pitching for as long as many assumed he would, but continued to perform well nonetheless. He retired each of the three hitters he faced in the Orioles' half of the fourth, fanning two to keep his preseason ERA perfect.

Headley's Big Day: It's been a relatively-slow March so far for Chase Headley, so it was certainly a good sign to see him locked in against an AL East opponent. Indeed, Headley impressively went 3-for-3 with two singles and a double in six innings of play, recording the Yankees' only knock off Chen in the top of the first.

Pinder's Struggles Give Orioles the Lead: The Yankees and Orioles were still tied at nothing when the bottom of the fifth came around, an at-bat in which Baltimore finally plated the game's first runs. Facing Yankees youngster Branden Pinder, the Orioles crossed home twice thanks to a pair of run-scoring hits from Machado and Jonathan Schoop -- eventually causing Pinder to take the loss.

Sanchez Goes Deep: The Yankees were on the verge of being shutout when catching prospect Gary Sanchez homered to lead off the ninth -- his first four-bagger of the spring. The solo shot came off the Orioles' Logan Verrett, and cleared the left field wall easily to bring New York to within two. 

Next Up: Chris Capuano will try to rebound from a rough first outing when the Yankees welcome the Red Sox to Steinbrenner Field Wednesday -- a matchup likely to feature most of the Yankees' starting lineup. Joe Kelly is expected to get the nod for Boston when the two clubs meet for the first time this year -- beginning at 1:05 p.m. ET.

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