Brett Gardner hit two home runs and plated four RBI as the Yankees thrashed the Orioles 12-4 on Saturday.
He got things started in a hurry, leading off the Yankees' half of the first inning with a solo blast off Ubaldo Jimenez. He got another chance in the second inning and took Jimenez deep again, this time with two runners aboard. Prior to today Gardner had not homered nor driven in a run this season. Maybe this game will jumpstart his engine. He is batting just .206/.325/.338 with two homers, 12 runs scored, four RBI and five stolen bases in 80 plate appearances.
Aaron Judge went 2-for-2 with two walks, drilled a two-run homer and scored four times in Saturday's thrashing of the Orioles.
The home run landed well beyond the bullpens in right center field and was his 10th longball of the season. Only Eric Thames and Ryan Zimmerman have more. Judge has been tearing the cover off the ball all April, now batting .301/.393/.767 with 22 runs scored and 20 RBI.
Michael Pineda beat the Orioles on Saturday by allowing two runs -- both unearned -- in 5 1/3 innings.
He struck out eight batters, walked one and surrendered five base hits. He was unscored upon through the first five frames and should have made it through the sixth unscathed but for a Chase Headley throwing error. Pineda has been dominant this season in the early going. He has 37 strikeouts against just four walks in 28 2/3 innings. He is now 3-1 with a 3.14 ERA after five starts. He has a tough challenge in his next start, facing the Cubs on the road on Friday.
Caleb Joseph went 2-for-4 and cracked a two-run homer in Saturday's loss to the Yankees.
The Orioles were down 12-2 in the ninth inning when Joseph went long off reliever Tommy Layne. It was the backup catcher's first homer of the season in 22 plate appearances. He has a .182 batting average this year after hitting just .174 with no home runs in 49 games last year. The 30-year-old doesn't hold any fantasy value even in two-catcher leagues.
Melky Cabrera socked a go-ahead solo homer in the 10th inning on Saturday, propelling the White Sox to an extra-inning win over the Tigers.
Cabrera greeted Tigers' reliever Justin Wilson with the solo shot leading off the 10th inning. It was his lone hit in four at-bats on the afternoon. The veteran outfielder is now hitting .247/.309/.342 with one long ball and seven RBI on the season.