BURRES COMES THROUGH
Garrett Olson's short outing Wednesday put even more pressure on Brian Burres to deliver a quality start last night, and that he did. Through 7 2/3 innings, Burres held the New York Yankees to six hits, walked none and struck out five. The only run against the left-hander came on a sacrifice fly by Shelley Duncan in the fourth inning. Burres retired 13 straight batters before Johnny Damon's two-out single in the eighth chased him from the game. Burres struck out four of the final seven Yankees he faced.
IT STARTS WITH 'D'
It wasn't just the catch right fielder Nick Markakis made, but it was also the throw that completed one of the best defensive plays by an Oriole this season. Markakis ran down Hideki Matsui's first-inning drive in right-center, making the catch in front of the wall with center fielder Adam Jones jumping in front of him. Markakis then spun and fired a long, one-hop throw right to first baseman Kevin Millar to double up the speedy Damon. It was Markakis' eighth assist this season, tying him for the major league lead among outfielders.
Young Yankees right-hander Ian Kennedy looked to be on the ropes. The Orioles had already scored once in the third inning on Freddie Bynum's RBI triple to left-center field. With one out, Kennedy walked Brian Roberts and Jay Payton to load the bases. He then fell behind 2-0 to Markakis, prompting a mound conference with third baseman Alex Rodriguez. But Kennedy threw three straight fastballs to strike out Markakis for the second time in the game and then retired Aubrey Huff on a fly ball to left field.
The Orioles traveled to St. Petersburg, Fla., last night for the second time this season for a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. The series opener tonight at 7:10 pits Orioles right-hander Jeremy Guthrie (2-4, 3.86 ERA) against Rays right-hander Matt Garza (2-1, 4.86). Guthrie is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA against the Rays this season with the loss coming on Opening Day at Camden Yards. Garza is 4-0 with a 3.54 ERA in five career starts against the Orioles. He recorded his first win of the season against them May 1 at Camden Yards, holding the Orioles to two earned runs and three hits over six innings.