The Yankees jumped on Jeremy Guthrie early and often, scoring two in the first along with single runs in the second and fourth and two again in the fifth.
CC Sabathia became the first pitcher in baseball to win 20 games this year, also for the first time in his career. Congrats to the big man.
He wasn't too sharp (7 ip, 7 h, 3 er, 1 bb, 4 k) but good enough against a weak Orioles lineup. Baltimore made it close in the third, getting to within a run, but the Yankee offense never let the O's pitchers off the hook. Robbie Cano hit a two-run shot in the fifth, his 28th of the year, while Curtis Granderson belted his 19th longball, a three-run shot, all but ending the game in the top of the ninth.
Derek Jeter went 2-3 with a HBP (a real one this time), Nick Swisher returned to the lineup as the DH and started off poorly with two K's, but ended on a high note with a double and single in his final two AB's. Is there a Yankee more fun to watch than Brett Gardner? I don't think so. His speed enabled him to come within a homer of the cycle, he stole a base, hit an infield single and scored on a wild pitch.
Play of the Game: Jorge Posada's two-out, two-run bases-loaded single way back in the first (+15%).
Comment of the Game: Nine Inch Nails, because we're all happy for CC.