With the "Damn Yankees" arriving in town for the first of a four-game series, holding a one-game lead over the Orioles in the American League Eastern division standings, Oriole Park buzzed and hummed like it hadn't since the last time the team reached the postseason playoffs in 1996 and 1997. The resounding ritual "Oh!" shout during the "Oh, say can you see" part of "The Star-Spangled Banner" shook the structure to its foundation, and the cheers released by the crowd after each of the first three outs stirred the clouds in the sky. Likewise, cheers erupted when catcher Matt Wieters blasted a three-run homer to give the Orioles a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. The Orioles carried a 6-1 lead after seven innings, but the Yankees, being the Yankees, rallied to tie the game, 6-6 in the eighth . . . but that's not the way this one was scripted to end.