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During the regular season the Yankees and Orioles split 18 games. Now the two AL East rivals have split the first two games of their ALDS, and have three games left to decide the winner.
The Orioles under Manager Buck Showalter have proven to be scrappy all season. The Birds are 30-9 in one run games including winning 16 extra inning wins.
Signed by the Orioles in January as a non-drafted free agent, game two starter Wei-Yen Chen, 26, averted trouble in the first inning with a great diving catch by Robert Andino and settled in afterwards to outpitch Andy Pettitte, who gave the Yankees 7 solid innings, allowing 3 runs. Good enough on most wins nights for a New York win.
The Yankee failed to get a big hit last night in crunch time. The team went 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position leaving 10 men on base. Alex Rodriguez postseson struggles continue. He fanned to end game 2 and is 1-for-9 in this series with 5 ks. Since his sensational 2009 postseason, A-Rod is hitting .169 with 0 home runs and 17 strikeouts in 16 games. 1-for-16 with runners in scoring position. Joe Girardi has to make a decision to keep him third in the lineup considering he has missed on 11 of his 23 swings this postseason. He line drive out in the top of the first which was speared by Andino could of provided an early knockout of Chan. Nick Swisher's postseason failures continue as well. He left the bases loaded in the 8th inning and is now 1-for-33 with runners in scoring position,
Another Baltimore rookie, right-hander Miguel Gonzalez, will make his postseason debut Wednesday in New York. He won both of his starts there this season. The Orioles went 6-3 at Yankee Stadium, their most wins there since 1976. Hiroki Kuroda is on the bump for the Yanks. He pitched against the Orioles twice this season, and both times came in Yankee Stadium. He was 1-1 with a 2.93 ERA