BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 07: Relief pitcher Rafael Soriano #29 and Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees celebrate the Yankees 8-5 win over the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 7, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
The Yankees regained sole possession of first place with an 8-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. The offense was powered by three long balls, the first multi-homer game by the Bronx Bombers since August 27. Each homer proved to be important because the Yankee pitchers were just as generous, allowing three homers to increase their season total to 165, which ranks fourth most in the majors and puts the staff on pace to break the franchise record (182 allowed in 2004).
One day after allowing three runs in the bottom of the eighth, David Robertson earned his 24th hold of the season by retiring the only two batters he faced. If the Yankees hope to hold off the Orioles and Rays in the A.L. East, they'll need Robertson to improve his performance in high leverage situations.
Derek Jeter recorded his 17th three-hit game, one behind Miguel Cabrera and Joe Mauer for most in the majors. Jeter also increased his career total to 3,274, moving him within nine hits of Willie Mays for 11th place on the all-time list. The Captain is also 14 hits away from becoming the first player since Paul Molitor in 1996 (and fifth overall) to reach 200 hits in his age-38 season or older. Despite all of his success, Jeter still marvels at the legacy Cal Ripken left behind.
Reinforcements are on the way. Mark Teixeira, who hasn't played since August 27, is expected back in the lineup for tonight's game, and Ivan Nova could be activated as well. Could Roger Clemens be next? A return by the Rocket to the majors, much less the Bronx, is extremely unlikely, but the 50-year old righty continued his successful stint with the Sugar Land Skeeters by throwing 4 2/3 scoreless innings.
The pennant race can sometimes seem like life and death, but it's nothing compared to what A's right hander Brandon McCarthy is currently facing. Three days after being struck on the head by a line drive, McCarthy remains in serious condition.