At Yankee Stadium
Day Time TV Starters
Today 1:05 13 Scott Erickson (3-6, 7.77 ERA) vs.
David Cone (1-6, 6.40)
Tomorrow 7:05 HTS Pat Rapp (5-5, 5.18) vs. Andy
Pettitte (8-4, 4.40)
Thursday 12:05 54, 50 Sidney Ponson (5-4, 4.77) vs.
Radio: All games on WBAL (1090 AM) and WTOP (1500 AM)
New York becomes the latest team to challenge the Orioles' woeful road skills. The Orioles, 12-32 away from Camden Yards, lost two of three in the Bronx in early May. A three-run, walk-off home run by catcher Jorge Posada gave the Yankees a 12-10 win in the opener and began left-hander B. J. Ryan's slow descent into the minors. The Yankees scorched the Orioles' bullpen in that game, getting seven runs and eight hits in two-plus innings, including a leadoff homer by Paul O'Neill in the ninth off Mike Timlin. Making his 2000 debut after arthroscopic elbow surgery, Erickson allowed five runs and eight hits in six innings. New York won the next day, 3-1, to ruin a quality start by Rapp, who gave up three runs in 7 2/3 innings. Three outs from being swept, the Orioles rallied off normally impeccable closer Mariano Rivera to salvage the last game, 7-6. Rivera allowed three runs in the ninth, with Albert Belle's single breaking the tie. Ponson allowed two runs in six innings. The Yankees, 17-16 at home, are 1 1/2 behind Toronto in the AL East but are only four above .500. They were 10-15 in June, their first losing month since August 1996. They have a new left fielder in David Justice, acquired last week from Cleveland to bolster a sagging offense. (Statistics, 8E)