Olson bounces back
After having his worst start of the season against the Yankees last week, Orioles rookie left-hander Garrett Olson turned in his best yesterday against the same lineup. Using better command -- especially a biting slider that caught the attention of Yankees manager Joe Girardi -- Olson threw seven scoreless innings. He allowed three hits and four walks, and struck out a career-high seven. A nice change from Wednesday, when he gave up six earned runs and couldn't get out of the third inning.
Running on Nick
Yankees speedy leadoff hitter Johnny Damon said he was well aware of who was in right field for the Orioles when he tried to score from second base on a two-out single in the third inning. Damon said he has tremendous respect for right fielder Nick Markakis' throwing arm, but Damon got a good jump and thought he'd score fairly easily. Instead, Markakis threw a perfect strike to nab Damon -- Markakis' major league-leading eighth outfield assist.
Hawkins hit hard
Former Orioles reliever LaTroy Hawkins, who was facing his old team for the first time since he was ejected for nearly hitting Luke Scott in the head with a pitch last Tuesday, exited early again, but this time because of ineffectiveness. Hawkins faced five batters and struck out two. But he allowed a walk and two singles and was charged with three runs in the Orioles' five-run seventh inning.
Orioles lefty Brian Burres (4-4, 3.16 ERA) tries to continue his strong performances against the Yankees. In two starts against New York this year, Burres is 1-0 and has allowed just one earned run in 13 1/3 innings. His opponent for tonight's 7:05 game is right-hander Ian Kennedy (0-3, 7.27), who has had mixed results against the Orioles this season. In his latest start, Thursday, he surrendered just one run in six innings, but April 19 he gave up four runs and allowed 10 base runners in 2 2/3 innings in a 6-0 loss.