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Yankees Pineda Fans 16 in Win

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(NEW YORK) -- As the New York Yankees continue to surprise with a patchwork pitching rotation, a rebounding Michael Pineda was a huge boon for the team leading the AL East.

Pineda struck out 16 Orioles (13-16) and walked none in the Yankees' 6-2 victory. He struck out six straight when he fanned Alejandro De Aza to end the fourth inning and it was finalized when Delmon Young belted a double in the sixth.

"In the fourth inning, I finally go, 'Oh, this is going to be good,'" said Pineda.

Pineda tied David Wells and David Cone for the second best single game strikeout performance in Yankees history. Ron Guidry struck out 18 in 1978.

The Yankees (20-12) boast the sixth best team ERA in baseball, 3.30, and second best in the American League behind the Kansas City Royals. New York has been without Ivan Nova, who is on the disabled list, and Masahiro Tanaka, who is battling an ailing pitching arm. 

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