DON'T CALL IT A COMEBACK
The Yankees trailed 3-0 and were two strikes away from being shutout in consecutive games for the first time since 1999. But Shelley Duncan cranked Jamie Walker's 0-1 changeup into the left-field seats, the three-run shot tying the game and sending the capacity Yankee Stadium crowd into delirium. However, it got significantly quieter in the 10th, as the Orioles scored three times off Mariano Rivera to beat the Yankees in a series for the fourth time this year.
BEDARD KEEPS ROLLING
Orioles ace Erik Bedard has now gone two full months without losing a game. Unfortunately for him, he didn't win yesterday's contest either, even though he had every right to. Bedard continued his domination of the Yankees, allowing just four hits and two walks while striking out eight in seven scoreless innings. He has thrown 20 straight scoreless innings against the Yankees. A first-inning strikeout of Wilson Betemit gave Bedard 200 strikeouts.
The Orioles vowed before the game that there would be no retribution after the Yankees hit Miguel Tejada and Nick Markakis with pitches a night earlier in a lopsided Orioles victory. However, with Yankees star Derek Jeter at the plate and two outs and nobody on in the first, Bedard hit Jeter in the upper leg with a pitch. Jeter didn't look pleased, shooting a glare at Bedard and then the Orioles dugout before taking his base.
The Orioles are off today before beginning a three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre tomorrow night. In Game 1 of the series, Orioles rookie left-hander Garrett Olson (1-1, 4.60) will oppose Blue Jays right-hander A.J. Burnett (6-6, 4.09). Burnett is 2-0 with a 2.78 ERA in three starts against the Orioles this season. Burnett (shoulder strain) returned from the disabled list to hold the Kansas City Royals to one earned run and three hits in his last start.