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Yankees edge Orioles on Cano's walk-off single

CBSSports.com wire reports

NEW YORK -- Joe Girardi bolted from the Yankees' dugout, and it was showtime.

The New York manager took out a season's worth of frustration on his hat, the umpires and the dirt, earning an ejection Thursday night with the kind of theatrical argument that local fans never saw while Joe Torre was in town.

Moments later, the Yankees won in the bottom of the ninth inning. Coincidence or correlation?

"Joe got fired up and I guess it got us fired up," Jason Giambi said after the 2-1 victory against the Baltimore Orioles.

Robinson Cano singled home the winning run with two outs, with Hideki Matsui scoring from second base by sliding in under left fielder Jay Payton's high throw.

"It means a lot, to see the manager fighting for the team," Cano said.

With their revamped bullpen allowing only one runner in three innings, the last-place Yankees posted their first two-game winning streak in 2½ weeks.

Cano's opposite-field hit ended what began as a neat duel between Baltimore lefty Brian Burres and struggling Ian Kennedy.

Mariano Rivera (1-1), working in the ninth as the Yankees convert Joba Chamberlain into a starter, pitched a perfect inning. Rivera, Jose Veras and Kyle Farnsworth combined to shut out the Orioles.

Jim Johnson (0-2) relieved Burres and got the last out in the eighth. After Matsui singled, Johnson fanned Alex Rodriguez and Giambi.

Girardi rushed from the dugout after plate umpire Chris Guccione ruled Giambi was out on a foul tip. Girardi certainly got his money's worth for his first ejection as Yankees manager -- he twice threw down his hat and kicked it once, then kicked the dirt while finishing his rant with crew chief Tim Welke.

"I wanted to kick something, and I figured that was the best thing. Walls don't work too well," Girardi said. "I don't have any concern. I don't think I did anything that warrants a suspension.

"I just didn't like the explanation. And that's all I'm basically going to say. I'll just leave it at that. I got a little upset over it," he said. "My purpose to go out there was not to fire them up, because I think they're fired up every day."

Guccione said he heard the pitch hit something, and ruled that it glanced off Giambi's bat into the glove of catcher Ramon Hernandez for strike three.

"That play might be one of the hardest things, because you can't see it. It happens a lot and people question it," Guccione said.

Welke said Girardi didn't make contact with any umpires. Still, Welke thought the argument was a bit out of the ordinary.

"Yes, I would say it was. There are not many nights when a manager throws his hat and kicks dirt at us," he said.

Yankees captain Derek Jeter took another view.

"It was funny. I enjoyed it," he said.

The crowd was still buzzing when pinch-hitter Bobby Abreu walked, and Cano followed with a single through the left side for the Yankees' first game-ending hit of the year.

It was Girardi's 100th career victory as a major league manager, not that he was in the dugout to see the finish. Instead, he was back in his office.

"I had a pen in my hand, and I was so happy, I threw it extremely hard against the couch," he said.

Johnson said the delay during Girardi's dispute did not bother him.

"The walk really killed us. You can't defend a walk," he said. "I'll take the blame for it. I didn't execute my pitches."

Burres gave up six hits over 7 2/3 innings while walking none and striking out five. Kennedy pitched four-hit ball for six innings.

Freddie Bynum hit an RBI triple for a 1-0 lead in the third, but Baltimore missed a big chance to get more.

The Orioles loaded the bases with one out, helped when Brian Roberts stole second -- he made it despite falling down and getting caught in a pickle. Rattled early in a loss last month at Baltimore, Kennedy composed himself, striking out Nick Markakis and retiring Aubrey Huff on a routine fly.

The crowd, sensing the 23-year-old Kennedy needed a confidence boost, responded with a standing ovation and Rodriguez patted the pitcher on the chest while cutting across the diamond.

The Yankees made it 1-1 in the fourth on singles by Matsui and Giambi and a sacrifice fly by Shelley Duncan.


  • Markakis robbed Matsui of extra bases with a leaping catch at the RF wall in the first. Markakis also robbed CF Adam Jones on the play, jumping in front of his teammate for the grab and then doubling Johnny Damon off first.
  • Orioles 3B Melvin Mora sat out, a day after being accidentally spiked in the right hand by Matsui. Mora hopes to start Friday night at Tampa Bay.
  • Yankees RHP Chien-Ming Wang will run Friday to test his sore right calf. If he's OK, he'll start Sunday against Seattle. He originally was set to pitch Saturday.
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Could this be the Yankees' turning point? Joe Girardi lets Chris Guccione have it in the ninth.  (AP)
Could this be the Yankees' turning point? Joe Girardi lets Chris Guccione have it in the ninth. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

I. Kennedy
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 4
K 4

B. Burres
IP 7.2
H 6
ER 1
BB 0
K 5

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Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B3000121 .263
Jay Payton, LF3010110 .220
Nick Markakis, RF4000034 .257
Aubrey Huff, 3B3010103 .246
Kevin Millar, 1B4000003 .241
Luke Scott, DH4000003 .263
Ramon Hernandez, C4010010 .208
Adam Jones, CF3110001 .259
Freddie Bynum, SS2011101 .286
3B - Freddie Bynum (1, Kennedy)
RBI - Freddie Bynum (2)
SB - Brian Roberts (13, 2nd base off Kennedy/Molina)
CS - Freddie Bynum (1, 2nd base by Kennedy/Molina)
Team LOB - 6
Outfield Assists - Nick Markakis 1
DP - Markakis-Millar
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Burres 7.2611050 3.16
Jim Johnson (L,0-2) 1211120 1.44
Pitches-Strikes - Brian Burres 99-70, Jim Johnson 27-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Burres 4-13
Batters Faced - Brian Burres 28, Jim Johnson 6
New York Yankees
Johnny Damon, LF4030000 .268
Derek Jeter, SS4000004 .299
Hideki Matsui, DH4220001 .302
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4000022 .294
Jason Giambi, 1B4010021 .205
Shelley Duncan, RF2001010 .182
   a- Bobby Abreu, PH0000100 .289
Robinson Cano, 2B4011001 .207
Jose Molina, C3010010 .205
Melky Cabrera, CF3000011 .248
a-walked for Duncan in the 9th
SF - Shelley Duncan (1)
RBI - Shelley Duncan (3), Robinson Cano (14)
2-OUT RBI - Robinson Cano (4)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Cano-Jeter-Giambi
New York Yankees
Ian Kennedy 6411440 7.27
Jose Veras 1100010 3.52
Kyle Farnsworth 1000010 3.86
Mariano Rivera (W,1-1) 1000010 0.47
Pitches-Strikes - Ian Kennedy 97-57, Jose Veras 13-9, Kyle Farnsworth 7-6, Mariano Rivera 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ian Kennedy 4-8, Kyle Farnsworth 1-1, Mariano Rivera 1-1
Batters Faced - Ian Kennedy 24, Jose Veras 4, Kyle Farnsworth 3, Mariano Rivera 3
Game Information
Attendance - 49452
Game Time - 2:49
Temperature - 58
Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Chuck Meriwether, Third Base - Bill Welke