In­jured Jones re­moved in sec­ond; Yanks KO Gal­lardo in same in­ning

Baltimore Sun - - FRONT PAGE - By Jon Me­oli

Yo­vani Gal­lardo pitched the short­est out­ing of his ma­jor league ca­reer, leav­ing af­ter record­ing just four outs, and cen­ter fielder Adam Jones left the game with a left ham­string strain.

NEW YORK — There are two kinds of losses: the kind that count in the stand­ings but are wiped from mem­ory when the score­board re­sets the next day and the kind that leave holes big enough to sink a team’s sea­son.

The Ori­oles left Yan­kee Sta­dium af­ter Fri­day night’s 14-4 bash­ing at the hands of the newly chris­tened “Baby Yan­kees” hop­ing to have suf­fered only the for­mer. Cen­ter fielder Adam Jones’ sec­ond-in­ning depar­ture with a left ham­string strain made the lat­ter pos­si­ble.

Either way, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a worse Ori­oles in­ning than Fri­day’s sec­ond. Af­ter third base­man Manny Machado and Yan­kees first base­man Mark Teix­eira (Mount Saint Joseph) traded home runs in a first in­ning that ended with a 2-1 Ori­oles deficit, the vis­i­tors threat­ened be­fore a telling in­ning-end­ing se­quence.

With two outs and run­ners on sec­ond and third for re­serve catcher Fran­cisco Pena, Nolan Reimold stepped on deck for Jones, who had started the game and taken one at-bat af­ter be­ing lifted for a pinch

hit­ter be­cause of a ham­string cramp in the ninth in­ning of Thurs­day night’s loss to the Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als.

Af­ter Fri­day’s game, Ori­oles man­ager Buck Showal­ter said it was more of the same feel­ing for Jones, who ag­gra­vated the ham­string in­jury while run­ning out a drib­bler to third base on his first at-bat.

“Had a real good day to­day, felt good, was run­ning around good,” Showal­ter said. “The first play, the swing­ing bunt, the field was wet early on. They put the wa­ter on it. He said he thought he’d be all right, went out to cen­ter field. I just didn’t like the way he was mov­ing around, and I de­cided not to take a chance with it.”

Said Jones: “Didn’t get to first base in as am­ple time as I wanted. Came out of the game, so some­thing must have not felt great. Took me out of my el­e­ment. I ain’t got my legs as a cen­ter fielder, what more do you have?”

Nolan Reimold took Jones’ place in cen­ter field — and quickly con­trib­uted to Ori­oles right-han­der Yo­vani Gal­lardo’s short­est ca­reer start. Gal­lardo im­ploded in a six-run sec­ond in­ning and was pulled af­ter record­ing just one out, his strug­gles com­pounded by a line drive that Reimold dropped. By the end of the in­ning the Ori­oles trailed 8-1.

Jones said he put Reimold “in a pe­cu­liar sit­u­a­tion.”

Showal­ter said he doesn’t ex­pect Jones to go on the dis­abled list and that the Ori­oles will “con­tinue to look from within” for a pos­si­ble ad­di­tion to the ros­ter to spell Jones if he needs more than a few days off.

Their one true backup for him is rookie Joey Rickard, who hasn’t played since the Ori­oles last left here in late July be­cause of a torn lig­a­ment in his right thumb. Reimold had 64 in­nings of ex­pe­ri­ence in cen­ter field be­fore Fri­day, and the only player on the 40-man ros­ter with cen­ter­field ex­pe­ri­ence is Triple-A out­fielder Dariel Al­varez.

If the Ori­oles want to add some­one to the 40-man ros­ter, they could choose Chris Dick­er­son, Julio Bor­bon, L.J. Hoes, Xavier Avery or Mike Yas­trzem­ski. Each might be a de­fen­sive up­grade over Reimold, and might also ap­prox­i­mate his .225 bat­ting av­er­age.

That’s not to say Jones won’t bounce back quickly. He’s played through tweaks and twinges and been one of the more con­sis­tent bat­ters all sea­son, tak­ing to the lead­off po­si­tion quite well with a .301/.333/ .506 bat­ting line with 19 home runs and 55 RBIs in 80 games en­ter­ing Fri­day.

Over­all, he’s bat­ting .277 with a .773 OPS and 24 home runs this sea­son, and has played the past few months at full strength.

He missed some time in the first week of the sea­son with a back prob­lem and scuf­fled out of the gate, but has been as durable as they come since. It wasn’t hard to be­lieve Jones when he said em­phat­i­cally Thurs­day night that he’d play Fri­day, and Showal­ter said he be­lieved Jones would be pol­i­tick­ing his way into the lineup to­day whether he felt ready or not.

“Let’s try and get this cor­rect and make that big push,” Jones said. “At this point in time in the sea­son, miss­ing more than a few games would hurt this team.”

NOTE: The Ori­oles re­in­stated re­liever T.J. McFar­land from the 15-day DL be­fore Fri­day’s game. The left-han­der was placed on the DL on June 30 with left knee in­flam­ma­tion. To make room for McFar­land, right-han­der Lo­gan On­drusek was des­ig­nated for as­sign­ment.


Ori­oles starter Yo­vani Gal­lardo, lis­ten­ing to catcher Fran­cisco Pena dur­ing the sec­ond in­ning, gave up seven earned runs on six hits and a walk in 11⁄ in­nings, the short­est out­ing of his ma­jor league ca­reer. His ERA climbed to 5.69. The Yan­kees fin­ished with 18 hits.


Relief pitcher Vance Wor­ley al­lowed four earned runs in 32⁄ in­nings, in­clud­ing a two-run homer to right field in the fourth in­ning by Chase Headley, rear.

Cen­ter fielder Adam Jones was pulled from the game be­fore the bot­tom of the sec­ond in­ning be­cause of a strained left ham­string.


Aaron Judge scores on a dou­ble by Ron­ald Tor­reyes in the sev­enth in­ning to give Yan­kees a 13-4 lead. The Yan­kees pounded the Ori­oles, 14-4, in the game at Yan­kee Sta­dium.

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