They clapped for C. C. Sabathia’s strikeouts. They clapped for Robinson Cano and Kevin Youkilis. They clapped for Orioles center fielder Adam Jones, who dropped a fly ball with two outs in the bottom of the seventh that allowed three runs to score, breaking open a tie game. They clapped when the Yankees infield combined to turn a stunningly involved 4-6-5-6-5-3-4 triple play in the eighth. And after about three hours, they clapped for the Yankees, their 5-2 victory over the Orioles and a night well spent.
Sabathia struck out nine batters in eight innings. Cano and Youkilis combined for five hits. But this cold April night would be remembered for the triple play, the first the Yankees had turned at home since 1968.