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"I really didn't want to walk a couple of guys, but I didn't have my best stuff today and I had to work really hard for the outs," Robertson said. "I couldn't find the strike zone and I didn't really have a good feel for my breaking ball, but I wasn't going to give in. I was very fortunate to get out of that situation. It was a big relief, because if he puts that ball in play or gets a base hit, two or three runs could score and there goes a win for us."
Joba Chamberlain fanned Howie Kendrick with two on to end the seventh, then pitched a hitless eighth. Mariano Rivera got three outs for his 16th save in 19 chances and the 575th of his career, 26 shy of Trevor Hoffman's major league record.
Pineiro gave up four runs, nine hits and three walks over 6 2-3 innings and struck out four. He has lost three straight starts, following a pair of no-decisions.
"I thought I had good stuff," Pineiro said. "You limit the long ball and maybe you have a chance to win. But they're built off the long ball, and obviously they did that today. I guess (Teixeira) was seeing the ball well today. I thought the changeup was a good pitch, then he went and got the sinker."
NOTES: Jeter has not struck out in his last 52 plate appearances, the longest streak of his 17-year career. His previous best was 49 straight in April 2001. ... The Angels are 6 for 36 with the bases loaded. Last season they batted .297 in those situations (33 for 111). ... Hanging on the wall beside the water cooler and coffee machine in the Yankees' clubhouse was a photo of former Angels conditioning coach Jimmie Reese, which visiting clubhouse manager Bubba Hawkins dug out for this series. Reese, who died in 1994 at age 92, was a roommate of Babe Ruth's when they were Yankees teammates in 1930 and 1931.
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