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Pineda struggles, Yankees get beat up in Baltimore

Michael Pineda (Adam Hunger/USA Today)

Michael Pineda (Adam Hunger/USA Today)

The New York Yankees were defeated by the Baltimore Orioles 11-3 on Friday night in Baltimore.

The game may have been different if the Yankees could have cashed in their early chance.

The Yankees had the bases loaded in the top of the first and were not able to capitalize as Oriole starter Ubaldo Jimenez got Mark Texiera to pop out to short, struck out Brian McCann, and got Carlos Beltran to fly out to center. The inning set the tone for the rest of the game as the Yankees struggled to get hits with men on base.

Yankee starter Michael Pineda, who was pitching on 11 days rest was not sharp at all as he allowed nine hits and five earned runs in just 4.2 innings while striking out two with two walks.

In 14 career starts on six plus days of rest, Michael Pineda now has a 4.22 earned run average, compared to a 2.38 earned run average on five days rest.

In the loss, Chase Headley made his 15th era of the season booting a  ground ball leading to a four run third inning in which Oriole first baseman hit a three-run homer over the right field, his 13th of the season off Pineda, who’s era was raised to 3.74.

The Yankees did have a few positives come out of a sloppy game in Baltimore, as rookie Mason Williams had his first career hit, a two-run homer to right field in the top of the fourth. In 235 plate appearances in AA and AAA, Williams no homers, but in his second major league at bat, he hit his first of 2015. Williams finished the game 1-2 as he was pinch hit for in the sixth.

Alex Rodriguez had two more hits, one of them an RBI single. A-Rod is now one RBI from 2,000 in his career, and six hits away from 3,000.

Following the game the Yankees announced that right-handed reliever Esmil Rodgers has been Outrighted. Rodgers, who has a 6.27 earned run average, has already cleared waivers, and will have the option to accept the assignment.

The Yankees will play the second game of the three game set tomorrow at 7:15 in Baltimore. Pitching matchup includes lefty C.C. Sabathia for the Yanks against righty Bud Norris for the Orioles.

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