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BALTIMORE (AP) — Those late-July trades are paying off in a big way for the New York Yankees.Luke Voit connected in the 10th inning for his second home run of the game Authentic D.J. Swearinger SR Jersey , and Zach Britton marked his return to Camden Yards by working the bottom half to preserve the Yankees’ 7-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night.The Yankees made up two-run deficits in the fourth and eighth innings before Neil Walker homered off rookie Cody Carroll (0-2) in the 10th to give New York its first lead. Voit added a two-run shot, capping his first career multihomer game.“It’s almost September,” he said. “This is crunch time, and this is a big win for us.”Voit drove in four runs in with his first two homers since being obtained in a July 28 swap with St. Louis.“We acquired him because we think he can hit,” manager Aaron Boone said. “Obviously, he broke out in a big way tonight.”Britton spent his entire career in Baltimore before being traded by rebuilding Orioles on July 24. Working as the closer for the injured Aroldis Chapman, the left-hander gave up a home run to longtime teammate Chris Davis before securing his first save with New York.“It was nice to get into a save situation,” Britton said, “but definitely weird to pitch against the guys who I’ve been playing with for so long.”The Yankees got Britton to pitch in the seventh or eighth innings, but he is certainly capable of working later in the game if necessary.“We’ve seen a few good outings in a row from him,” Boone said.Chad Green (7-2) pitched the ninth to help New York win for the 12th time in 17 games.The Yankees will seek to stay hot in a split doubleheader Saturday. J.A. Happ — 4-0 with New York since coming from Toronto — will pitch the opener.After Jonathan Villar hit a two-run homer to put Baltimore ahead 4-2 in the seventh, New York immediately answered in the eighth against three Baltimore relievers, loading the bases before Gleyber Torres delivered a two-run single.Wearing neon-orange jerseys and hats for Players Weekend, the Orioles looked like a completely different team than the one that compiled the worst record in the majors. Until the 10th inning, anyway.Baltimore struck for two early runs against CC Sabathia D.J. Swearinger SR Jersey Elite , made several sharp plays on defense and got a strong pitching performance from starter Alex Cobb, who brought a 4-15 record to the mound.Cobb allowed two runs and three hits over six innings, striking out six and walking three. It was his fifth straight start allowing two runs or fewer.Sabathia allowed singles to the first two batters he faced, and both scored on a single by Davis. Over his final five innings, the big left-hander gave up just two singles and a walk.After he left, the Yankees got two on and two outs in the seventh before Davis made a diving stop of a grounder hit by Brett Gardner down the first base line. He flipped the ball to pitcher Mike Wright to get the out.Davis, who began the day batting .163, had a season-high three hits.CATCH OF THE DAYVillar made a fine catch in short right field to rob Ronald Torreyes of a fifth-inning single. Villar retreated quickly from his second base position before sliding to the ground and sticking up his glove. The ball popped out, but Villar cradled it with his legs before it hit the ground.TRAINER’S ROOMYankees: Chapman (left knee tendinitis) received an injection Friday and will be “re-evaluated in a couple weeks,” Boone said, adding, “We’re optimistic that he’ll return in an impactful way this season at some point.” … Slugger Aaron Judge (wrist fracture) is “making progress” but has not started swinging yet, Boone said. … C Gary Sanchez (groin strain) will DH in the Gulf Coast League on Saturday and join Triple-A Scranton next week to begin a rehab assignment. He’s been out for a month.Orioles: DH Mark Trumbo, who’s on the DL with right knee inflammation, is exploring the possibility of surgery.UP NEXTYankees: Happ (14-6 http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline....j.-swearinger-jersey , 3.84 ERA) will be followed by Sonny Gray (9-8, 5.34 ERA).Orioles: Rookie Jimmy Yacabonis (0-1, 6.75 ERA) will be summoned as the 26th man to start the first game, and Andrew Cashner (4-11, 4.84 ERA) will start the nightcap. To say Ryan Braun's career has been defined by ups and downs is an understatement of, well,Braunian proportions.In 2011, Braun hit his apex. He signed a five-year, $105 million extension with the Milwaukee Brewers鈥攖he only big league franchise he'd ever known鈥攊n April of that year.He promptly led the National League with a .994 OPS, swatted 33 home runs and won the NL MVP award.The following season, Braun again paced the Senior Circuit with a .987 OPS and 41 homers, and finished second in MVP balloting.In the process, he cemented his status as an undisputed superstar.In July 2013, the facade came crashing down. MLB slapped Braun with a season-ending suspension for performance-enhancing drugs.Rather than contesting the punishment and insisting upon his innocence like he did after the initial positive test in 2011, Braun issued a contrite statement dripping with guilt."As I have acknowledged in the past , I am not perfect," Braun said. "I realize now that I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions."In 2014, Braun returned to the Brewers lineup and posted a then-career-low .777 OPS with 19 home runs in 135 games. The question of whether PEDs had amplified his stats was all but settled...and not in his favor.More essentially, his place in the baseball hierarchy was drastically redefined.In late August, a new book about the PED-connected clinic Biogenesis cast further aspersions on Braun.He went from MVP to pariah, from hero to villain. Forgiveness seemed like a distant, unlikely dream.Dylan Buell/Getty ImagesAs we enter the stretch run of the 2018 campaign, that dream is attainable.Since the All-Star break, Braun has raised his average more than 30 points (from .235 to .268) and his OPS nearly 80 points (from .711 to .789). In August, he slashed .299/.349/.494.Concurrently, the Brewers have remained in the thick of the postseason chase. Milwaukee has a solid hold on the NL's top wild-card spot and a chance to catch the Chicago Cubs for the division crown.Braun is no longer the leading man. On Monday, Christian Yelich hit for the cycle for the second time this season. Lorenzo Cain has been a well-rounded addition to the lineup.Braun, meanwhile, has been reduced to a supporting player in his age-34 season.That said, the Brewers are on track to ascend the October stage for the first time since 2011 and possibly make noise in the wide-open NL. If Braun's bat heats up David Price Jersey , he could club his way to redemption.Morry Gash/Associated PressBraun owns a .379 average and 1.060 OPS in 64 playoff plate appearances. Small-sample caveats apply, but he's proved his mettle under the brightest lights.Drilling deeper, his .271 batting average on balls in play for 2018 is 56 points behind his career mark of .327, per FanGraphs. His hard-contact rate, on the other hand, is 40.8 percent, right next to a career average of 36.4 percent.There's rotten luck in the mix. Steroids and age-related regression aside, Braun's numbers should be more impressive.Milwaukee hasn't been to the World Series since 1982. It has never hoisted a Commissioner's Trophy. Braun could rewrite his legacy and etch his place in franchise lore."When you're on a small-market team, it's unlikely that you're going to be in this position every year," Braun told reporters. "When you do get opportunities, you have to embrace them and make the most of them because you don't get that opportunity every year."Matt Slocum/Associated PressHe's right. Opportunities don't come along every year. That's true for postseason sprints and swings at vindication.Braun will never erase his PED past. He'll always carry the stain.But he might engineer a final-act about-face. He can seize it by slugging Milwaukee past Game 162 and turning back the clock on his once-storied career.It would be intriguing. It would be noteworthy. And it would be a rewrite of Braunian proportions. All statistics current entering Tuesday and courtesy of Baseball Referenceand FanGraphs.
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