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Old-Timers watch Masahiro Tanaka struggle as Yankees lose rubber match to Orioles
On Old-Timers' Day in the Bronx, the stage was set for a glorious day full of Yankee happiness. But the Baltimore Orioles decided to ignore the script.
Chris Tillman outpitched Masahiro Tanaka as the Orioles took the rubber match of the weekend series, 8-0, before a sellout crowd of 47,793.
Tillman (6-4) threw seven shutout innings as the Yankees lost for only the third time in Tanaka's 15 starts. Tanaka (11-2) allowed three runs in seven innings to suffer his first defeat since May 20.
The crowd surely expected to see a Yankees victory after the stirring Old-Timers' Day ceremonies. Yogi Berra and Whitey Ford were on hand, as were first-time attendees Hideki Matsui and Johnny Damon. A plaque in Monument Park was unveiled for an emotional Goose Gossage.
Plus, Tanaka was on the mound. And Tanaka (almost) never loses. But the Orioles had other plans.
It started early when the first two Orioles batters singled. Tanaka worked out of the jam, but he needed 23 pitches to get through the first.
In the second, Manny Machado took Tanaka to the warning track in left -- a warning shot indeed because the next batter, Jonathan Schoop, homered to left to give Baltimore a 1-0 lead.
Again, Tanaka labored, as his pitch count after two innings was 45. He breezed through the next four innings, allowing only a single and a walk, but the Yankees were unable to score against Tillman despite several chances.
It started with a good hit that turned into a bad omen. Brett Gardner led off the bottom of the first with what seemed to be a triple to right. But Gardner overslid third base by the slightest of margins as Machado kept the tag on him. The safe call was overturned on a replay challenge and Gardner was credited with a double.
The Yankees had two runners on with one out in the second, but Derek Jeter grounded into a double play. They had a man on third with one out in third, but Brian McCann popped out and -- after a walk to Carlos Beltran -- Kelly Johnson lined out to Tillman.
The Orioles made it 3-0 in the seventh when J.J. Hardy singled and moved to third on a double by Machado. With the infield back, Schoop hit a run-scoring grounder to short before Caleb Joseph made it 3-0 with a sacrifice fly to center.
Tanaka was charged with three runs on six hits with one walk and six strikeouts. His ERA went from 1.99 to 2.11.
Tillman worked out of a first-and-third, two-out jam in the bottom of the seventh by getting Gardner to ground to second. The righthander gave up four hits, walked four and struck out two in a 114-pitch outing.
The day fell apart for the Yankees in the eighth. With Adam Warren pitching, Steve Pearce and Adam Jones singled.
Nelson Cruz hit a grounder to third. Johnson stepped on the bag for an out before Pearce slid in and clipped him going by, forcing Johnson to throw the ball all the way into the stands behind first base for an error as Jones appeared to score.
However, Pearce slid out of the baseline to the home plate side. The Yankees argued that was interference and some sort of penalty should be applied to the Orioles, such as the batter being called out for a double play.
The umpires huddled before deciding to send Jones back to third and letting Pearce take second. An error was charged to Johnson.
After an intentional walk to Chris Davis, Hardy lined a three-run double to right-center to make it 6-0 and took third when Ichiro's throw home got past McCann for an error. Machado followed with a true Baltimore chop over the drawn-in Johnson for an RBI single and a 7-0 lead.
Mark Teixeira left the game in the eighth after getting hit on the left foot by a pitch from T.J. McFarland. Teixeira two-hand spiked his helmet to the ground in pain and disgust before leaving. The extent of his injury was not immediately known.