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Yanks won’t catch Orioles this weekend

The Yankees had gotten use to hopping over contenders for a wild card playoff berth in recent weeks. They did so to the Mariners and to the Royals and we’re hoping to do the same to the Orioles this weekend.

Not going to happen.

Baltimore threw nine more zeroes against the Yankees Saturday night for its second straight shutout. Not surprisingly, Orioles righthander Kevin Gausman had his way with the Yanks as he has had much of the season. Gausman is 7-10 overall but 2-1 with a 0.80 ERA in 33 2/3 inning against the Yankees. In his career against the Yanks, Gausman is 5-3 with a 1.87 ERA in 72 1/3 innings.

Gausman has pitched 13 scoreless innings with 17 strikeouts in his past two starts against the Yankees. He held them to two singles through six innings Saturday night with eight strikeouts, the biggest of which was against Starlin Castro with the bases loaded in the fourth inning. Brian McCann followed with a soft fly ball to center field that ended the only real rally the Yanks could mount in the game. They have had six hits, all singles, over the past two nights against Baltimore pitching.

It was a tough loss for CC Sabathia, who gave up two runs (one earned) over six innings. An error by rookie right fielder Aaron Judge led to the first run off Sabathia in the fourth. The next inning, Adam Jones connected with two out for his 25th home run of the season and the fifth by the Orioles in the series.

The Yankees’ third consecutive shutout loss to Baltimore dropped them 4 1/2 games behind the O’s for that second wild card spot. In addition, the Royals were in position to move ahead of the Yankees again.

3-game sweep keeps eluding Yankees

Maybe the Yankees just wore themselves out the previous two games. After combining for 27 runs and 36 hits Friday night and Saturday, the Yanks came out flat against the Orioles Sunday and were shut out in failing once again to sweep a three-game series.

It marked the seventh time this season that the Yankees won the first two games of a series but could not complete the sweep. Overall in three-game series this year, the Yankees have won 14 and lost 16. They have been swept in three-game sets four times but have not yet done so themselves. Oddly, they have two four-game series sweeps and one two-game series sweep.

CC Sabathia put the Yankees in position to get over this hump until the seventh inning when a strange hit set up what proved a decision blow. With a runner on first and two out, Nolan Reimold hit a spinning bloop of a liner that bounced past Starlin Castro, who was also distracted by the runner, Jonathan Schoop, coming into the area.

Sabathia then sealed his own fate in the game with a walk to 9-hole hitter Hyun Soo Kim that loaded the bases. Manager Joe Girardi called on righthander Adam Warren to face righty-swinging Steve Pearce, who lined a 2-2 fastball through the middle for a two-run single that pushed Baltimore’s lead to 3-0. Pearce had broken the scoreless tie the inning before with his 12th home run.

Pearce, who was reacquired by the Orioles Aug. 1 in a trade from the Rays, helped douse a promising Yankees rally in the third inning by throwing out Gary Sanchez at third base for the first out, a cardinal sin. Sanchez, who had two more hits and is batting .405, led off the inning with a single. On a single to right by Mark Teixeira, Sanchez noticed no one was at third base and made a break for it. Third baseman Manny Machado, however, made a quick recovery, took Pearce’s strong, accurate throw and tagged out Sanchez. Didi Gregorius followed with a single, but the rally died when Castro grounded into a force on another nice play by Machado and Brian McCann struck out.

This turned out to be another fruitless game for the Yanks against Orioles righthander Kevin Gausman, who shut them out on seven hits with nine strikeouts in seven innings. Gausman is 1-1 with an ERA of 0.99 in 27 2/3 innings against the Yankees this year but is 5-9 with a 4.41 ERA against everyone else.

The Orioles padded their lead in the eighth when major league home run leader Mark Trumbo, who had struck out twice and grounded into a double play, belted a two-run shot (No. 40) to left off rookie Ben Heller.

Sabathia became the 39th pitcher in American League history to achieve the 3,000 plateau in career innings (3,002). . .It was career victory No. 1,411 for Orioles manager Buck Showalter, who moved past Al Lopez into 26th place on the all-time list. . .Ronald Torreyes had 2-for-3 with a double in extending his hitting streak to seven games during which he is batting .538 with six runs, six doubles, one home run and four RBI in 26 at-bats to boost his season average to .298. . .Sanchez was the AL Player of the Week for the period ending last Sunday and is a candidate again for the period ending this Sunday. The rookie catcher had a slash line of .522/.604/1.250 with seven runs, three doubles, five home runs and nine RBI this past week.

Yankees waste superlative effort from Tanaka

These days when a starting pitcher throws eight scoreless innings a ‘W’ is expected by that team. Masahiro Tanaka did that for the Yankees Thursday night, but an ‘L’ is what Yanks came away with in a 1-0, 10-inning loss that ended a 2-7 trip prior to a homestand in which they will face two division leaders, the Red Sox and the White Sox, and the defending World Series champion Royals.

It would have been a great boost to the struggling Yankees to end the bumpy trip with an exhilarating victory heading into the homestand, and Tanaka certainly did his part. The Japanese righthander was nothing short of brilliant in shutting down the Orioles on five hits and one walk with seven strikeouts in eight innings as he lowered his ERA to 2.29.

However, Orioles starter Kevin Gausman was to the task in matching Tanaka in zeroes for eight innings in limiting the Yankees to three hits and no walks with four strikeouts. Yes, this was a pitching duel that was right out of Mel Stottlemyre vs. Jim Palmer.

Dellin Betances did his job in the ninth, but the Orioles got to Johnny Barbato in the 10th when singles by Hyun Soo Kim and Joanthan Schoop put runners on first and third with none out. Yankees manager Joe Girardi summoned Andrew Miller to face Pedro Alvarez, who lifted a fly ball deep enough to center field to end the game.

It was another debilitating loss for the punchless Yankees, who ended up losing the series to an Orioles squad almost as punchless. Baltimore had one hit in 18 at-bats with runners in scoring position (.056) in the series, which was even worse than the Yankees, who were 5-for-23 (.217).

What hurt the most was wasting an effort by Tanaka that was the best performance by a Yankees starter this season.

Sabathia goes from no-hitter to no-winner

Halfway through Friday night’s game at Camden Yards, it appeared that a couple of individual milestones for the Yankees would be reached – CC Sabathia’s 200th career victory as a pitcher and Joe Girardi’s 600th triumph as a manager. That neither was achieved was a bitter taste in a 4-3 loss to the Orioles that was particularly stinging.

Sabathia took a no-hitter into the sixth inning with a 3-0 lead. By inning’s end, both were gone. Nate McLouth, who got the first hit off Sabathia, also got the last, a solo home run one inning later that completed Baltimore’s comeback. Some tentative defense played roles in the Yankees losing the lead.

After McLouth led off the sixth with a line single to right-center, Alexi Casilla hit a ground ball between the mound and first base. David Adams, normally a third baseman or second baseman, played first base for the first time Friday night and mistakenly left the bag unoccupied in going for the ball, so that Sabathia, who fielded it, had nobody to throw the ball to.

CC recovered briefly to get Nick Markakis on an infield pop, but Manny Machado whacked his 37th double of the season to right-center to make the score 3-2. Machado then alertly tagged up and crossed to third base on J.J. Hardy’s flyout to center fielder Brett Gardner, who did not play the ball as if he thought Machado would try to advance. It was a key maneuver because Machado was able to score the tying run on another no-man’s-land, infield single by Adam Jones.

Sabathia came back for the seventh inning and got the first two outs before handing a breaking ball to McLouth, who hit a high fly over the right field scoreboard for his fifth home run. CC was so upset that he threw his glove against the dugout wall and whipped off his cap after the inning. He expressed the Yankees’ current situation as they dropped 5 ½ games behind the first-place Red Sox in the American League East and two games behind the second-place Orioles.

The Yankees had roughed up lefthander T.J. McFarland for three runs and seven hits in 2 2/3 innings of the rookie’s first major-league start. They had 10 at-bats (and three hits) with runners in scoring position over the first three innings but did not have another such at-bat the rest of the game as righthanders Kevin Gausman (1-3) and Tommy Hunter (two saves) combined to shut down the Yankees on four hits with no walks and seven strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.

One night after being shut out on merely two hits by the Rangers, the Yankees collected 11 hits from eight different players but only one, a double by Gardner, was for extra bases. One player who failed to get a hit was Ichiro Suzuki (0-for-4) as his 21-game hitting streak at Camden Yards dating to April 5, 2008 came to an end.

Robinson Cano continued his career success at Camden Yards with three singles and an RBI. The second baseman improved his career numbers at Baltimore to .361 with 60 runs, 27 doubles, 12 home runs and 37 RBI in 70 games and 291 at-bats. In 43 games at Camden Yards since Aug. 22, 2008, Cano has batted .422 with 18 doubles, 11 home runs and 27 RBI in 43 games and 180 at-bats. He has hit safely in 31 of his past 35 games in Baltimore and in 38 of his last 43.

Michael Pineda is scheduled to make his next injury-rehabilitation start Sunday for Double A Trenton at Binghamton. In three minor-league starts, two with Class A Tampa and one with Trenton, the righthander has allowed three runs (one earned), nine hits and four walks with 11 strikeouts in 14 1/3 innings. Pineda also pitched in an inter-squad game against Yankees players June 21 and gave up no runs, three hits and one walk with five strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.

Infielder Eduardo Nunez, who is on the 60-day disabled list because of a left oblique strain, began a rehab assignment with Tampa Thursday night. He was 0-for-2 and played four innings in the field at shortstop.