BALTIMORE — The month of August provided a dose of optimism for the Yankees. The team found that, even though it had traded away several key parts, its new cast of players was capable of success.
And, with a wild-card spot within reach, the Yankees began a crucial three-game series in Baltimore against the Orioles on Friday night at Camden Yards. But the start of September was not as kind to the Yankees as the previous month had been.
Helped by three home runs, the Orioles pounded the Yankees with six runs in the second inning and cruised from there, winning by 8-0 and dropping the Yankees to three and a half games back in the race for the American League’s second wild-card spot, which the Orioles hold.
The Yankees’ problems in the second inning were exacerbated by the early exit of starting pitcher Chad Green.
After giving up an R.B.I. single to Adam Jones, a two-run homer to Pedro Alvarez and a walk to…