With the way the weather's been lately, and with all of their injuries, the Yankees had to be wondering if someone up there doesn't like them.
But then came two gifts from above in their 5-2 win over the Orioles at frigid Yankee Stadium Friday night.
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A long fly ball that should have fallen into the glove of Gold Glove centerfielder Adam Jones for the final out of the seventh inning in a tie game instead bounced off it for a three-run error. Then the Orioles ran into a triple play.
With runners on first and second in the eighth, Manny Machado hit a liner that Robinson Cano caught on a short hop. Cano threw to Jayson Nix for one out, and instead of relaying to first for the sure double play, Nix turned and threw to Kevin Youkilis, catching Alexi Casilla between second and third.
When Casilla headed back toward second, Youkilis threw back to Nix, who threw again to Youkilis, who placed the tag on Casilla for the second out.
When Machado tried to take second base, Youkilis threw to first baseman Lyle Overbay, who fired to Cano at second. Cano put the tag on the sliding Machado for the third out of the first 4-6-5-6-5-3-4 triple play in baseball history.
"Heads-up plays all around," Mark Teixeira said.
It was the Yankees' second triple play since 1969 and first at home since 1968. It was their first anywhere since April 22, 2010, at Oakland. That was a more traditional 5-4-3 triple play. CC Sabathia was the pitcher both times.
"It was awesome," said Sabathia (2-1), who allowed two runs (one earned) and struck out nine in eight innings as the Yankees (5-4) won their fourth in a row in their first game since Tuesday. They were rained out in Cleveland on Wednesday and Thursday.
The Yankees lost shortstop Eduardo Nuñez after he was hit in the right wrist with a pitch in the second. Nunez stayed in to run the bases but was pulled after attempting a warm-up throw. X-rays were negative and Nuñez -- who was hit in the right biceps with a pitch last week -- is listed as day-to-day with a bruised wrist.
Nuñez was replaced by Nix, whose decision to throw to third was the key to the triple play.
"I could feel that he had to freeze on the ball in case Robbie caught it in the air," Nix said. "Better to have the lead runners out. That's what I was thinking."
The Yankees took a 5-2 lead in the seventh when Jones went back on Vernon Wells' drive to the warning track in center, got to it and had it hit off his webbing as he tried to make a backhand catch. Jones won his second Gold Glove last season.
The Yankees had loaded the bases on two walks (one intentional) and a hit-by-pitch. So that's three runs on no hits.
The Yankees tied it at 1-1 in the third on an RBI single by Youkilis (3-for-3) and went ahead in the fifth on Cano's single off Miguel Gonzalez (1-1).
Baltimore tied it at 2 in the seventh. After a leadoff error by Youkilis, Sabathia was called for a balk by first-base umpire Larry Vanover when he wiped his pitching hand on his leg, and J.J. Hardy delivered an RBI single. "He said I started to go to my glove," said Sabathia, who was quite upset -- and demonstratively so.
But he was pretty happy -- all the Yankees were, and demonstratively so, as they jumped around like kids -- after the triple play.
"They were having fun," Joe Girardi said. "They loved it."