A recap of the Orioles' 8-0 loss to the Yankees last night:
Before the game, Orioles manager Dave Trembley said young left-hander Garrett Olson had an opportunity to show how much he has improved since last season. Olson didn't take advantage of it. He lasted just 2 2/3 innings, tying the shortest outing of his career. He gave up six earned runs, which also tied a career high. The Yankees, who had scored two runs or fewer in six of their previous seven games, had eight hits off Olson, including Alex Rodriguez's solo home run. Olson also walked two batters and hit one. His ERA rose from 3.47 to 5.19, and he lost for the first time in five starts.
INJURY TO INSULT
Orioles third baseman Melvin Mora not only couldn't handle Nick Markakis' one-hop throw in the third inning last night, but he also hurt his hand in the process. Hideki Matsui, who was trying to go from first to third on Robinson Cano's single, slid into Mora's right hand, which was exposed in front of the bag. Head athletic trainer Richie Bancells tended to Mora for a couple of minutes to try to stop the bleeding. He was removed from the game and later diagnosed with a bruise and a cut of his right ring finger. X-rays came back negative, and Mora's status is considered day-to-day.
ALEX THE GREAT
In the case of Yankees slugger Rodriguez, the Orioles certainly suffer from bad timing. Rodriguez strained his right quadriceps running out a ground ball in the series finale at Camden Yards on April 20. He returned from the disabled list in time to hit a two-run homer in Tuesday's series opener. He did even more damage last night, going 3-for-4 with a home run, two doubles and two RBIs. His second double should have been a home run, but the umpiring crew didn't see the ball hit off the yellow stairway behind the wall in right-center field and bounce back onto the field.
In the series finale tonight at 7:05, left-hander Brian Burres (4-4, 3.47) will start for the Orioles against young right-hander Ian Kennedy (0-3, 8.48). Burres is 2-2 with a 3.67 ERA in eight appearances (four starts) against the Yankees. He beat them April 19 at Camden Yards, throwing 5 2/3 scoreless innings. The losing pitcher that night was Kennedy, who allowed four earned runs and walked five in 2 2/3 innings. Kennedy is making his second start since a trip to the minor leagues to work on his command.