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Yankees pound Orioles again in the Bronx

17 September 2017

"Sevy's been a different guy, the guy that we thought he could be", Girardi said.

For any professional sports team - especially one that started the season in such impressive fashion as this Orioles team did - one of the most hard things is to realize the end. "But every time he takes the mound, we feel really good". In the season series, the Orioles hold a 7.89 ERA against the Yankees and a 10.73 mark in NY.

More importantly, those home runs gave the Yankees a 12th win in 16 games since they were swept in a three-game series at home by the Cleveland Indians Aug. 28-30.

Bird eventually had ankle surgery on July 18 and returned to the lineup nearly six weeks later, hitting four home runs in 50 at-bats since.

It's not going to happen.

"There's a lot of things you can look into", said Orioles manager Buck Showalter, whose team has allowed 45 of its 224 homers to the Yankees. They've been a playoff team, and offensively they've been extremely risky.

And now, the priorities for the Orioles must switch from the playoff chase to merely saving face.

The Yankees (81-66) tied a season high by reaching 15 games over.500.

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While Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez have commanded most of the attention for the Yankees this season, shortstop Didi Gregorius has mostly shined in the background. The Cardinals, on the other hand, have won eight of their last 10 games to get back into postseason contention. He's done just that, and appears to be hitting his stride at the right time.

While the Yankees were enjoying their latest romp over the Orioles, Baltimore had little answers for another lopsided game in NY. And even that team owned a better record after 144 games (73-75) than this year's team.

CC Sabathia originally was slated to pitch for the Yankees, but they announced Sonny Gray will pitch Sunday while Sabathia starts Tuesday against Minnesota. "Obviously, we definitely think it's important that we get our eyes on him and get a chance to work with him, " Girardi said, "but I have a lot of confidence in the young man". After walking Chris Davis on five pitches with two outs in the top of the second, Severino got ahead of Welington Castillo with two fastballs, but Castillo got just enough Severino's third heater, stroking a low-slicing drive into the right-field seats, giving Baltimore a 2-1 lead.

The Orioles also are failing to get hits as they didn't get a runner into scoring position until the seventh Saturday and didn't score until Austin Hays hit his first career homer in the ninth.

Severino said he arrived at spring training "with another mentality" to "show the Yankees and the fans that I can be a pitcher, a starting pitcher".

It was the third time Severino completed eight innings.

Still, Ynoa pitched well for his second Orioles start, allowing two earned runs to a Yankees offense that had scored in double digits five times in the first seven meetings betweenthe teams in NY. He is 0-1 with an 11.42 ERA in those three games.

Yankees pound Orioles again in the Bronx