A recap of the Orioles' 12-2 victory over the Yankees last night:
What pitching duel?
Yankees starter Mike Mussina entered the game as one of the hottest pitchers in the American League. He exited it to a chorus of boos after getting just two outs and allowing seven runs, though only one of them was earned. It tied the shortest start of his career, matching his outing on July 13, 1995, against the Kansas City Royals at Camden Yards when he was a member of the Orioles. Meanwhile, his counterpart, Daniel Cabrera, was strong again, allowing just two runs on five hits over seven innings. He didn't walk a batter for the second consecutive start.
The defense rests
The key play in the Orioles' seven-run first inning was Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter's throwing error with two outs and two men on. The Orioles scored six times and sent five more batters to the plate after Jeter's error, which came on Luke Scott's routine ground ball. But Jeter wasn't the only Yankee to make a defensive lapse that allowed Orioles runs. With two outs in the second inning, left fielder Johnny Damon misplayed and then dropped Scott's seemingly harmless fly ball. Adam Jones hit an RBI single later that inning to give the visitors a 9-0 lead. Seven of the first nine Orioles runs were unearned. Jones finished with four hits and four RBIs.
The Yankees trailed 9-0 and were well on their way to a fourth straight loss when Jeter was plunked on the left hand by a 94 mph fastball by Cabrera in the third inning. Jeter was removed from the game and later diagnosed with a bruised left hand. His status is day-to-day. However, his teammate, reliever LaTroy Hawkins, could be missing from the Yankees' bullpen for a while. Two innings after Jeter was hit, Hawkins threw consecutive pitches near the head of Scott. After the second one, Hawkins was ejected and Scott took several steps toward him, causing the benches to clear.
Game 2 of the series will get under way at 7:05 tonight with Orioles left-hander Garrett Olson (3-0, 3.47) opposing Yankees right-hander Darrell Rasner (2-0, 3.00). Olson, who has gone at least five innings and allowed three runs or fewer in all four of his starts this season, has never faced the Yankees. Rasner has started against the Orioles twice and is 0-2 with a 13.50 ERA.