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The New York Yankees were defeated by the Atlanta Braves, 10-5, on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium. After winning 10 straight games and 20 of 24 the Yankees have now lost two straight games.
The longball was the weapon of choice for both teams in Wednesday's game. There were a combined nine home runs hit (five for Atlanta, four for New York) in the contest. The Braves led 3-0 after the first inning due to an RBI single from Dan Uggla and a two-run homer by Freddie Freeman. Derek Jeter hit a solo homer in the bottom of the first inning to put the Yankees on the board. Martin Prado, Jason Heyward and David Ross answered for the Braves in the third, fourth and fifth innings with solo shots. Eric Chavez (in the fifth) and Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano (in the sixth) hit solo home runs to cut the Braves lead to 6-4. A Curtis Granderson RBI single in the seventh inning got the Yankees within a run of tying but the Braves answered again with three runs in the eighth inning with Freeman's third RBI and Heyward's second homer. Prado added another insurance run in the ninth with an RBI single.
Phil Hughes went only 4 1/3 innings in the loss, giving up six hits, six earned runs and four home runs. He struck out five batters. Tommy Hanson picked up the win for the Braves despite giving up five hits and four earned runs in five innings. Boone Logan gave up the other Braves home run in the eighth inning.
The Yankees (41-27) will look to return to their winning ways against the New York Mets (37-32) on June 22 at Citi Field.
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|WP: Tommy Hanson (8 - 4)
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The New York Yankees have signed 19-year-old Cuban pitcher Omar Luis Rodriguez to a minor league contract which includes a bonus thought to be in the $4-5 million range, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reported on Wednesday.
Rodriguez, a lefty, will not be immediately added to the Yankee's 40-man roster, but the money New York spent signals how much they value him as a prospect. The Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies and Kansas City Royals were also reported to have interest.
Rodriguez made a name for himself during the 2010 World Junior Baseball Championship when he ousted the United States in the tournament quarterfinals with a complete game, eight-strikeout, 144-pitch performance. Cuba earned a bronze medal and Rodriguez was named to the all-tournament team.
Are the Yankees the juggernaut of recent weeks, or the struggling, aging team they looked like early in the season?
New York has been the hottest team in baseball recently and will need a nice performance from Phil Hughes (7-5) to secure another victory. Hughes has pitched well in recent outings after a rough start to the season.Since April 25, Hughes has lowered his earned-run average from 7.88 to 4.50 In his last three starts, Hughes has thrown 21.1 innings and only allowed four earned runs while striking out 23 batters. Not surprisingly, he's earned a win in all of those outings.
On the other side is Tommy Hanson, who has been a stalwart for the Braves all season. Hanson is 2-0 in his last three appearances and with a 7-4 record, has a chance of making the All-Star team.
The best thing about Hanson is his consistency. Only twice this season has he given up more than two earned runs in any start.
If the Bronx Bombers can find a way to emerge victorious on Wednesday, they'll be winners of their last six series before heading into Flushing to take on the New York Mets.
Time: 1:05 p.m. ET
Hiroki Kuroda picked up his sixth loss of the season which brings his record to 6-7 on the year. Kuroda pitched seven full innings while giving up six hits and all four of Atlanta's earned runs in the game. He also walked three Braves batters while striking out six.
Nick Swisher returned to the Yankees lineup after missing two games with a bone bruise in his right leg. He led New York's offense with two hits and two RBI."Give them credit," Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira said. "They had a lot of big plays, they came up big when they needed to."
The Braves broke a 3-3 tie in the sixth. Brian McCann bounced a double over the wall in left-center field to start the inning. A two-out walk to Jones put men on the corners and Jason Heyward, who gunned down Teixeira at home to end the fifth, hit a liner off the New York first baseman's left heel for an infield single that scored McCann.
Atlanta reliever Jonny Venters pitched out of a jam in the seventh to preserve the lead. The first two Yankees reached base, as Curtis Granderson singled and Alex Rodriguez walked. A groundout placed runners on second and third before Teixeira reached on a 5-2 fielder's choice. Venters fanned Raul Ibanez for the third out.
Craig Kimbrel struck out a pair of Yankees in the ninth en route to earning his 20th save of the season.
The final game of the three-game set with Atlanta takes place on Wednesday afternoon with first pitch coming at 1:05 p.m.ET.
Head over to Pinstripe Alley for the New York Yankees fans' perspective. Read more about the Atlanta Braves at Talking Chop and Baseball Nation is your source for news and analysis around Major League Baseball.
-- Sports Network contributed to this report
The New York Yankees would like to find out if this thing goes to 11, because 11 is one better than 10, especially when it comes to a winning streak. The last time the Yankees won 10 games in a row was 2005. One better would be the team's longest winning streak in 27 years.
Tasked with helping keep the streak alive is right-hander Hiroki Kuroda, who earned a win in six innings of work against the Braves in his last outing on June 13. Kuroda is part of a Yankees starting rotation that has been nearly untouchable in June. He is 3-0 with a 1.29 ERA in his last four starts, part of a rotation that is 12-1 with a 1.97 ERA this month.
Tim Hudson, tagged with the loss in that same June 13 game, will be on the mound Tuesday night. The Braves' right-hander is 1-2 in his last four starts. Prior to his outing against the Yankees, he hurled a complete game shutout over the Marlins.
The game starts at 7:05 p.m. Eastern. Fans can watch it on MY9 and the MLB Network.
-- See Pinstripe Alley for more discussion and analysis of the Yankees.
The New York Yankees won their 10th consecutive game Monday, defeating the Atlanta Braves, 6-2, in the opening game of a three-game series at Yankee Stadium. CC Sabathia pitched a complete game and Derek Jeter drove in three runs to lead New York (41-26).
Sabathia (9-3) pitched his first complete game of the season, giving up just two earned runs off seven hits and one walk while striking out 10.
The Yankees last won 10 games in a row from May 7-17 of 2005. All 10 of the Yankees victories have come against teams with winning records, a first in franchise history. New York has won 19 of its last 23 games and is a season-high 16 games over .500.
The Braves took a 2-0 lead, scoring on a Martin Prado ground out in the first inning, and a Michael Bourn RBI single in the top of the fifth. The Yankees quickly turned the game around in the bottom of the inning. Russell Martin hit a ground rule double to score Alex Rodriguez and advance Robinson Cano to third. Martin and Cano scored three batters later off a Derek Jeter single, giving the Yankees a 3-2 lead.
Braves starter Mike Minor (3-5) left the game in the sixth, but not before giving up a leadoff home run to Mark Teixeira. Minor left the mound after 5 2/3 innings having given up four runs, all earned, off four hits and three walks while striking out seven. Teixeira's solo blast was his 12th homer on the year.
Jeter got his third RBI of the night on a single to score Chris Stewart in the seventh inning. Cano capped the Yankees' scoring with his 13th home run of the season in the eighth.
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-- See Pinstripe Alley for more discussion and analysis of the Yankees.
Swisher also missed Sunday's game against the Washington Nationals with a bone bruise on his left leg. Yankees Manager Joe Girardi does not expect Swisher to miss much more time due to the injury, saying "It's a bone bruise, it's gonna go away. Is it another day after today? It's possible. Do I expect to have him in the next couple days? I do." (via ESPN New York)
Swisher picked up the leg injury on Saturday while sliding into home plate and needed stitches. Andruw Jones will play in right field and bat sixth in place of Swisher on Monday.
Swisher is hitting .262 with 10 homers, 20 walks and 40 RBI for the Yankees this season in 58 games.
-- See Pinstripe Alley for more discussion and analysis of the Yankees