Bullpen blows it
A night after reaping the rewards of the $42 million they spent on overhauling their bullpen, the Orioles watched their top setup man and their closer cough up a four-run, eighth-inning lead in the 10-7 loss. Danys Baez surrendered a three-run homer to Jason Giambi in the eighth after walking consecutive batters, and Ray served up a walk-off grand slam to Alex Rodriguez after he had allowed a hit, walked a batter and hit another.
Mora on a tear
Orioles third baseman Melvin Mora's offensive numbers dropped in most categories last season, leading some to suggest that the 35-year-old is slipping slightly. But he's looked locked in early this year, leading the Orioles with two home runs and seven RBIs to go along with a .292 average. Yesterday, Mora was 2-for-5 with a home run and five RBIs, tying his career high. In two games in New York, Mora is 5-for-10.
Already without center fielder Johnny Damon in their starting lineup, the Yankees had to pull left fielder Hideki Matsui from the game after he strained his left hamstring running out a ground ball in the second inning. He'll be re-evaluated today. The Yankees' other Japanese import, starting pitcher Kei Igawa, making his major league debut, was shelled for seven earned runs in five innings. With Rodriguez apparently back in the Yankees fans' good graces Igawa heard the boos yesterday.
Looking to rebound from his subpar Opening Day start, Erik Bedard will take the mound in the series finale against Yankees right-hander Darrell Rasner, who was 3-1 with a 4.43 ERA last season. The loss was against the Orioles.