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Yankees Recap: The Orioles Series (4/22/11 - 4/24/11)

BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 23:  Pitcher CC Sabathia #52 of the New York Yankees delivers to a Baltimore Orioles batter at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 23, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Bernadette PasleyContributor IApril 25, 2011

The Yankees have now faced the Orioles four times this season and have won all four games. The latest series was full of drama, pathos, tears, laughter and—oh, never mind. Here's a recap:

Highlights
1.  Coming off a bout with the flu, CC Sabathia earned his first win of the season, pitching eight innings, giving up three runs, walking one and striking out seven. Can he have the flu before every start?

2. Freddy Garcia gave the Yankees another six scoreless innings. Freddy Garcia! Who'd a thunk it?

3. The home runs just keep on coming. A total of six Yankee homers were hit in this series, including two by Russell Martin and a grand slam by Alex Rodriguez. Can we just declare A-Rod the AL MVP right now?

4. Robinson Cano continued his offensive dominance at Camden Yards. Why don't we just call the place Robinson Yards?

Lowlights
1. Game 1 was rained out. That brings the total number of Yankee games postponed by rain to three. No makeup dates have been announced for any of them.

2. Mariano Rivera blew another save. Let the annual "Is Mo Finished?" debate begin.

3. Russell Martin got plunked after hitting his two home-runs Saturday night. He thought it was intentional and so did I.

Looking Ahead
The reeling Chicago White Sox come to the Bronx tonight to start a four-game series with the Yankees. Chicago is 8-14 and has lost nine of its last 10 games. Means nothing. Every team gets up to play the Yankees and the White Sox will be no different. The question is this: Will they get to play all four games? There is rain in the forecast for all four days. Not cool, Mother Nature. Not cool.

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