The Yankees beat Baltimore 3-1 behind seven innings (including seven strikeouts) of one-run ball by the ever-enigmatic Javier Vazquez. Granted, Vazquez took care of business against the team with the second-lowest wOBA in the American League, but a quality start's still a quality start.
The Yankees only scored one earned run, on a Curtis Granderson solo shot. The other two runs came on a big throwing error by Miguel Tejada on an Alex Rodriguez grounder that allowed both Derek Jeter and Nick Swisher to score. The Orioles' lone run came on a Corey Patterson -- yes, you read that correctly -- solo home run, which tied the game at the time. I'd be piling it on Vazquez for giving a home run up to one of the biggest scrubs in all of Major League Baseball had Baltimore come back, but thankfully the Yankees pulled out the victory.
Also, poor Brian Matusz -- has this guy pitched into some rough luck or what? He has now taken the loss in all three of his starts against the Yankees in 2010, surrendering all of five measly earned runs.
Joba Chamberlain pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning, and Mariano Rivera pitched a scoreless ninth for his 11th save.
In scary news, Mark Teixeira fouled a ball off his foot in the first inning, but thankfully x-rays were negative and Tex is currently listed as day-to-day.
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