May 3, 2010

Winn wins it for Yankees with 3-run jack

Randy Winn entered tonight with one hit in 13 at-bats on the season. His second hit was a three-run homer that gave CC Sabathia and the Yankees (17-8) a 4-1 victory over the Orioles (9-17).

Quick ‘Cap:
After Matt Wieters homered to right off Sabathia in the second inning, the big lefty used two double plays and made big pitches to complete eight innings of one-run ball. With Mariano Rivera unavailable due to an injury in his left side, Joba Chamberlain came on for the save in the ninth and got the job done.

Winn’s three-run shot to right-center came in the fourth after Nick Swisher extended the inning with an RBI single off the wall and Brett Gardner singled to center. With three hits, Swisher was the only Yankee with a multi-hit game. Orioles-Yankees box score

Jorge Posada left the game with tightness in his right calf and is getting an MRI tonight, Rivera has been unavailable since Saturday, Chan Ho Park hasn’t pitched since mid-April, Alex Rodriguez missed Sunday’s game and Curtis Granderson is out for a month. What fans feared most seems to becoming reality: Age is taking its toll on the Yankees. More injury updates to come.

Line of the Night:
Winn: 1-for-3, HR, 3 RBI. Here’s a guy who had 538 ABs last year and is stepping into a backup role for the first time. Good for him to keep up his confidence.

Up Next:
Tuesday night belongs to A.J. Burnett as he looks to stay hot.

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