Jake Arrieta faced two batters in the sixth inning, walked them both and was removed from the game.
And so it begins.
Manager Buck Showalter took his new bullpen for a test drive at Yankee Stadium. It won’t always look this way, unless you expect Pedro Viola and Mike Ballard to stick around for a while, but it never will be the same without Koji Uehara.
Jim Johnson, normally seen in the seventh or eighth inning, took the ball with no outs in the sixth and escaped the jam on nine pitches. He got two ground balls and a strikeout.
The Yankees had runners on the corners with one out in the seventh, but Johnson fanned Eric Chavez with his second 97 mph fastball of the at-bat, and Russell Martin on a 96 mph heater.
Johnson was done after 30 pitches, 19 for strikes.
Closer Kevin Gregg replaced Johnson in the eighth, an inning earlier than usual. The game is shortened unless the Orioles rally from a 4-2 deficit and we actually have a bottom of the ninth.
Update: As expected, the Orioles were done dealing after moving Uehara and Derrek Lee last night. The 4 p.m. deadline passed without further activity. However, former Oriole Erik Bedard reportedly has been traded to the Red Sox for Double-A catcher Tim Federowicz , if you’re interested.
Mariano Rivera tossed a scoreless ninth to pick up the save in the Yankees’ 4-2 win. He has eight blown saves lifetime against the Orioles, but No. 9 didn’t come today.
The Yankees are 9-1 against the Orioles this season.
President of baseball operations will appear on O’s Xtra on MASN in a few minutes.
Also, Federeowicz apparently is going to the Dodgers as part of a three-team trade that sent Bedard to the Red Sox.