Any returning player from injury for the New York Yankees is a good one. With the struggles of the replacement, even getting back someone who was supposed to be backup this year is helpful. Enter Eduardo Nunez, who is finally returning from his injured oblique. Nuni got the start and proved to be a key part of the New York Yankees sixth win in a row, as the Yankees beat the Orioles 5-4.
Andy Pettitte got the start and struggled right away. With two outs, Adam Jones singled and Chris Davis followed with his 33rd homer of the year. The Orioles added to it in the top of the second. Nolan Reimold got an infield hit on a comebacker, and went to second when Pettitte threw the ball away. Alexi Casilla brought him home with a double.
The Yankees struck back of Chris Tillman in bottom half of the frame. Travis Hafner led off with a walk. Zoilo Almonte and Lyle Overbay followed with singles to load the bases. Luis Cruz singled home Hafner, and Nunez hit a sac fly that Overbay got thrown out at third on to make it 3-2.
The Orioles extended their lead when Taylor Teagarden drove in J.J. Hardy with a double in the fourth. The Yanks came back again in the fifth. Nunez and Chris Stewart singled. Brett Gardner bunted them over. Ichiro Suzuki and Robinson Cano followed with singles to tie the game.
The Yankees would take the lead for good in the sixth. Overbay led off with a single and Cruz bunted him over. Nunez followed with a single to drive in Overbay for the eventual game winning run.
YGY Player Of The Game: Nunez
Notes: The Yankees transferred Mark Teixeira to the 60-Day DL and placed David Phelps on the 15-day DL. Cano and Mariano Rivera were selected to the All-Star Team. David Robertson is one of the final five guys who the fans can vote on for the last spot. Make sure you go to MLB.com and vote for him!