New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) removes starting pitcher Phil Hughes (65) from the game during the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Orioles won 7-1. Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Yankees Vs. Orioles: Bombers Bats Go Silent In 5-0 Loss

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Orioles 5, Yankees 0: Bombers Baffled By Jake Arrieta

Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Orioles starter Jake Arrieta sparkled, striking out nine batters and giving up just five hits in eight innings Wednesday night to shut down the New York Yankees in a 5-0 win.

Arrieta (2-2) didn't allow a walk, throwing 76 of his 111 pitches for strikes, and Jim Johnson pitched a perfect ninth inning to finish off the shutout.

Matt Wieters and Nick Markakis hit solo homers for the Orioles, who won the last two of the three-game series after starting the season 0-4 against the Yankees.

"It's nice to beat teams in your division and be able to gain that full game," Arrieta said.

New York starter Ivan Nova (3-1) was knocked around for five runs and nine hits in 6 1/3 innings to take his first loss in five starts this season.

"I just made bad pitches and location, that's why I got hit," Nova said.

Yankees third baseman Eric Chavez was taken out of the game during an at-bat in the fifth inning with whiplash and a possible concussion. He was replaced by pinch-hitter Eduardo Nunez.

Chavez had hit the ground hard diving for J.J. Hardy's double down the line leading off the top of the inning and was seen grasping the left side of his jaw in the dugout. The Yankees said he would undergo further tests.

The Orioles loaded the bases with two outs in the first inning, but Nova escaped the jam.

Wieters then led off the fourth inning with his seventh homer of the season, knocking Nova's 2-0 changeup over the wall in right field to make it 1-0.

Alex Rodriguez's singles in the first and fourth innings were the only hits allowed by Arrieta during that span.

The Orioles pushed their lead to 2-0 on Robert Andino's RBI single in the sixth inning to score Chris Davis, who had drawn a leadoff walk then gone to third on a wild pitch and Nick Johnson's ground out.

Baltimore knocked Nova out of the game during a three-run rally in the seventh inning.

Markakis hammered his third homer of the season into the second deck past right field and Wieters chased Nova with an RBI double. Nick Johnson added an RBI single off Clay Rapada to make it 5-0.

Game Notes

The Orioles, who have won eight of their last 10, continue a six-game road trip with a weekend series in Boston starting Friday...The Yankees have lost five of eight and will start a four-game series against the Royals in Kansas City on Thursday.

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Andy Pettitte To Make One More Minor League Start Before Major League Debut

New York Yankee pitcher Andy Pettitte spent Tuesday in courtroom in Washington D.C. testifying in Roger Clemens' perjury case, however, while the lefty was doing that the media members and Yankee personal were talking about his official return in pinstripes.

On Tuesday, before the Yankees Game 2 showdown with the Baltimore Orioles, manger Joe Giaradi said Pettitte is schedule to make one more minor league start, either Saturday or Sunday, and possible make his Yankee debut -- possibly next week against either the Tampa Bay Ray (May 8-10) or Seattle Mariners (10-12).


Yankees vs. Orioles, Game 2: Phil Hughes Makes Fifth Start Of Season

On Monday, Pettitte tossed 96 pitches in an extended Spring Training game and said he's ready to make his return to the big club. The Yankees are anxiously awaiting the return of Pettitte, who needs to be the guy to make-up for the loss of Michael Pineda and the poor pitching of Phil Hughes and Freddie Garcia.

-- See Pinstripe Alley for more about the Yankees and Baseball Nation for complete major league coverage

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Yankees (13-9) Vs. Orioles (14-9) Game 2: Time. TV Schedule, Probable Pitchers

Monday's 2-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles featured New York Yankees veteran pitcher Hiroki Kuroda putting together his second consecutive solid start. On Tuesday, Yankee starter Phil Hughes (1-3, 7.88 ERA) will try to put together just his first solid start of the season as he opposes the Orioles' Brian Matusz (0-3, 5.66 ERA).

In four starts this season, Hughes has failed to last longer than six innings, including in his last start, against the Texas Rangers last Wednesday, which lasted 2 2/3-innings and featured four runs. Hughes lone win of the season came against the Minnesota Twins, April 19, when he pitched 5 1/3-innings and allowed two runs.

Meanwhile, the Orioles (14-9) are trying to hang onto second place in the American League East Division, which features the Tampa Bay Rays (15-8) in first place and the Yankees (13-9) in third.

Location: Yankees Stadium, Bronx, NY.

Game Time: 7:05 p.m. ET

TV Channel: YES Network

Pitching Match-Up: Phil Hughes (1-3, 7.88 ERA) vs. Brian Matusz (0-3, 5.66 ERA)

-- See Pinstripe Alley for more about the Yankees and Baseball Nation for complete major league coverage

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Yankees 2, Orioles 1: Kuroda, Chavez Power New York Past Baltimore

Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Eric Chavez's two-run homer backed Hiroki Kuroda's solid start and gave the New York Yankees a series-opening 2-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

Kuroda (2-3) limited Baltimore to one run on four hits and one walk over his seven-inning performance, while David Robertson and Mariano Rivera each hurled a scoreless inning of relief to finish off New York's third win in four games.

The Orioles, riding a 6-1 stretch coming in, wasted a solid effort from Jason Hammel (3-1), who took his first loss despite allowing only two runs on five hits over six frames.


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Adam Jones scored the Orioles' only run in the second inning, as he led off with a walk, advanced to third on Matt Wieters' double off the right-field wall and raced in on Chris Davis' long fly ball to the warning track in left.

Eduardo Nunez, making his first career start in left field because of injuries to Brett Gardner and Nick Swisher, crashed into the wall making the catch on Davis' sacrifice fly.

The Yankees responded with the only two runs they needed in their half. Mark Teixeira began the inning with a single that narrowly stayed fair down the first-base line, and two batters later Chavez crushed his third home run of the season into the bullpen beyond the wall in right-center.

"It was a two-seam sinker. ... It started down the middle of the plate and didn't move too much. It was right down the middle, so [Chavez] hit a homer off of it," Hammel said.

Both starters settled in and worked out of trouble late in their outings.

Hammel wiggled out of a first-and-third, one-out jam in the sixth by getting Raul Ibanez to ground into a double play, and Kuroda stranded a pair in scoring position an inning later with the help of a lucky bounce.

A wild pitch put Nick Markakis on third and Wieters on second with one away, and after striking out Davis, Kuroda threw a 1-0 pitch in the dirt that got away from Russell Martin. The ball caromed just to the left of the catcher, and Martin recovered fast enough to shovel the ball from his knees to Kuroda, who blocked the plate and tagged out the head-first sliding Markakis.

Robertson struck out the side in the eighth, and Rivera earned his fifth save by shaking off a one-out single and getting Markakis to hit into a 6-4-3 double play.

"There's so many guys that are just overmatched by [Robertson's] fastball. It's just a luxury to have a guy like that in the eighth inning to set you up for [Rivera]," Martin said.

Game Notes

The Yankees swept the Orioles in Baltimore earlier this year...Orioles manager Buck Showalter was trying for win No. 1,000 for his career...Orioles leadoff hitter Nolan Reimold went 0-for-4 to snap a 14-game hitting streak...Chavez's home run was the only extra-base hit in the game...The middle test of this three-game set will pit Baltimore's Brian Matusz against New York's Phil Hughes on Tuesday...Game time: 2:22.

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Andy Pettitte 'Ready' To Return To New York Yankees

Andy Pettitte said Monday that he feels "ready to help the team." Meaning, of course, the New York Yankees. Not any of the minor-league squads he has been pitching with as he prepares for his comeback after taking the 2011 season off.

Pettitte threw 96 pitches Monday in an extended spring training game, and sounds as though he believes his next start will be for the Yankees.

"I feel I'm strong enough and ready to make my next start with [the Yankees]," said Pettitte, who allowed six runs, five earned, over six abbreviated innings in Clearwater. "I feel good and it was another solid day. I felt the quality of pitches were as good as I've had in any of my starts up to now, and I was able to hold my velocity throughout [the outing]. I feel like I'm ready to help the team."

Pettitte's return to the Yankees will be a welcome one. The team has lost Michael Pineda for the season to a shoulder injury, has dropped Freddy Garcia and his 12.51 ERA from the starting rotation and still has Phil Hughes starting despite a 7.88 ERA.

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