Baltimore at New York

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NEW YORK -- Resting several stars in the opener of a day-night doubleheader, the New York Yankees enjoyed watching all those fill-ins bring home a win.

Nick Swisher had three hits, including a two-run homer, and New York backed Bartolo Colon with plenty of production from the bottom of the lineup to beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-3 on Saturday.

Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson and Mariano Rivera sat this one out. In their place, Eric Chavez, Chris Dickerson and Cory Wade came through.

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"I think that we feel extremely confident regardless of who we put out there," Swisher said. "For them to go out and play the way that they did, man, you couldn't be more happy for those guys."

Six players drove in at least one run for the Yankees. The final five hitters in the lineup combined to go 10 for 19 with six RBI and six runs scored.

"We expect all our guys to hit, but the bottom of the order did a lot of damage today," manager Joe Girardi said. "It's always nice when everyone's contributing."

Swisher also doubled and singled to pace a Yankees offense missing Jeter, Granderson and Russell Martin. All three All-Stars were rested in a game that began about 13 hours after last-place Baltimore finished off a rain-delayed 4-2 win Friday night.

The nightcap was set for 7:05 p.m. to make up an April 12 rainout. Zach Britton was scheduled to face New York rookie Ivan Nova, with both starting pitchers returning from the minors.

Brett Gardner had a two-run single for the Yankees, who improved to 7-1 in the season series. They have outscored Baltimore 61-25, though three of the games went to extra innings.

Colon (8-6) has won consecutive outings following a three-start losing streak. The husky right-hander labored through five innings under a hot sun, throwing 105 pitches while wriggling out of three jams.

"All I've got to do is keep working hard and keep fighting to put up some good numbers in the second half," Colon said through a translator.

Wade worked three strong innings in relief, allowing only a solo homer to Mark Reynolds. Boone Logan finished up with a scoreless ninth.

Baltimore recalled touted prospect Chris Tillman from Triple-A Norfolk to make the start and he looked sharp early before fading fast.

With the score tied at 2, Tillman (2-4) issued a leadoff walk to Robinson Cano in the fourth and fell behind Swisher 2-0. Swisher sent a drive to right for his 13th homer, giving New York the lead for good. No. 9 batter Francisco Cervelli added an RBI single.

After making 35 pitches through three innings, Tillman doubled that total in the fourth. It was his first big league start since May 27 at Oakland.

"It's been a long two months," said Tillman, expected to be optioned back to the minors after the game. "It's a work in progress. It won't change overnight."

In the fifth, a tough throwing error on rookie second baseman Blake Davis led to three unearned runs.

Swisher's one-out double chased Tillman, and Chavez greeted lefty reliever Troy Patton with an RBI single. Jorge Posada drove in a run with a groundout, and Dickerson's single made it 8-2.

"When they get their opportunity to shine, you're excited for 'em," Swisher said about Dickerson and Cervelli.

Tillman got off to an impressive start. He retired his first six batters, striking out four, before the bottom of the lineup got New York going in the third.

"Those first couple of innings, that's as good as I've seen him come out with his fastball, attacking hitters. It was encouraging, but it kind of got away from him. It was frustrating. There was a better outing for him to be had," Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. "It's frustrating for us because he's close to putting together a real deep outing, and I thought he was going to those first two innings."

Cervelli's ground-rule double put runners on second and third. With Reynolds playing in at third to guard against a bunt, Gardner slapped a sharp grounder toward the line that deflected off Reynolds' glove for a two-run single.

Reynolds singled to start a two-run fourth, when Baltimore got RBI groundouts from Craig Tatum and J.J. Hardy.

Later in the inning, Adam Jones' foul ball hit plate umpire Tim Welke flush in the mask. Welke staggered backward but regained his balance -- with help from Cervelli -- and remained in the game.

Colon struck out Jones on a full-count slider with runners at second and third to end a 35-pitch fourth. The 2005 AL Cy Young Award winner also fanned Reynolds with the bases loaded to escape unscathed in the first.

Reynolds hit his 23rd homer in the eighth.


  • To open a roster spot for Tillman, the Orioles placed RHP Brad Bergesen on the paternity leave list. Bergesen left the team to be with his wife for the birth of their first child. He can stay on the paternity leave list for a maximum of three days.
  • It was Tillman's first big league start since May 27 at Oakland.
  • Baltimore will need to make a roster move between games to create a spot for Britton. New York must do the same for Nova.
  • Jones had two hits and reached base four times.
  • Orioles 1B Derrek Lee struck out looking three times.
  • Mark Teixeira was the DH for the Yankees and Posada played 1B.
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Yankees righty Bartolo Colon gets the win vs. the O's, his second straight victory after a three-start skid. (Getty Images)
Yankees righty Bartolo Colon gets the win vs. the O's, his second straight victory after a three-start skid. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
New York

N. Swisher
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1

M. Reynolds
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1

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Baltimore Orioles
J.J. Hardy, SS5001001 .271
Nick Markakis, RF4010101 .284
Adam Jones, CF3020112 .292
Vladimir Guerrero, DH5010014 .276
Derrek Lee, 1B4000032 .246
    Josh Bell, 3B0000000 .286
Mark Reynolds, 3B-1B4221023 .221
Felix Pie, LF4010010 .217
Craig Tatum, C4101010 .300
Blake Davis, 2B3010000 .222
   a- Robert Andino, PH1010000 .268
a-singled for B. Davis in the 9th
2B - Nick Markakis (16, Colon), Adam Jones (19, Wade), Blake Davis (2, Colon)
HR - Mark Reynolds (23, Wade)
RBI - J.J. Hardy (45), Mark Reynolds (54), Craig Tatum (4)
SB - Nick Markakis (9, 2nd base off Colon/Cervelli), Adam Jones (9, 2nd base off Colon/Cervelli)
Team LOB - 10
E - Blake Davis (2, Throwing)
Baltimore Orioles
Chris Tillman (L,2-4) 4.1875161 5.16
Troy Patton 2.2311020 4.70
Mike Gonzalez 1000100 5.50
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Tillman 80-50, Troy Patton 44-31, Mike Gonzalez 17-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Tillman 3-5, Troy Patton 2-4, Mike Gonzalez 2-1
Batters Faced - Chris Tillman 23, Troy Patton 11, Mike Gonzalez 4
New York Yankees
Brett Gardner, CF5012013 .280
Eduardo Nunez, SS5000034 .264
Mark Teixeira, DH4100011 .241
Robinson Cano, 2B3100121 .288
Nick Swisher, RF4232010 .266
Eric Chavez, 3B4221000 .295
Jorge Posada, 1B4011002 .235
Chris Dickerson, LF4121001 .321
Francisco Cervelli, C3121101 .244
2B - Nick Swisher (20, Tillman), Francisco Cervelli (3, Tillman)
HR - Nick Swisher (13, Tillman)
RBI - Brett Gardner 2 (23), Nick Swisher 2 (59), Eric Chavez (8), Jorge Posada (30), Chris Dickerson (4), Francisco Cervelli (15)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Dickerson (3)
SB - Chris Dickerson (2, 2nd base off Patton/Tatum)
Team LOB - 6
E - Eduardo Nunez (14, Throwing)
New York Yankees
Bartolo Colon (W,8-6) 5522260 3.30
Cory Wade 3211021 2.08
Boone Logan 1200010 3.18
HBP - Jones (by Bartolo Colon)
Pitches-Strikes - Bartolo Colon 105-66, Cory Wade 39-25, Boone Logan 26-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bartolo Colon 6-4, Cory Wade 2-5
Batters Faced - Bartolo Colon 24, Cory Wade 11, Boone Logan 5
Game Information
Attendance - 46469
Game Time - 3:02
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Mike Estabrook, Second Base - Jim Reynolds, Third Base - Mike DiMuro