Leaving the park
Maybe Jason Giambi is a big fan of Boog's BBQ. The Orioles can't seem to keep him off Eutaw Street. Giambi cleared the flag court in right field for the second time in two nights. Combined estimated distance of those home runs: 825 feet. Giambi has three of the past four homers from batters on opposing teams that have landed on Eutaw Street. Last night's blast tied the game, 2-2. Though Giambi was batting .235 before last night, he leads the Yankees with 11 home runs.
Too big a hurry
Brian Roberts leads the Orioles with 13 stolen bases, but a failed attempt in the fifth inning might have cost them a chance to tie the game. Roberts reached on a one-out double, his third hit of the game. He broke for third base a little too soon, however, and Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte spun around and threw to second, catching Roberts in a rundown. It was ruled a caught-stealing, and it became more costly when Melvin Mora -- batting .405 with runners in scoring position --walked and Nick Markakis doubled to right. Some people might argue that Pettitte would have pitched Markakis differently if Roberts was on base. We'll never know.
Left to Markakis
Before last night, Markakis was the last left-handed batter to get an extra-base hit off Pettitte, homering during a Sept. 29 game at Camden Yards. They met again last night, and Markakis lined a double to right field in the fifth inning. There's a pattern developing here. Coming into the game, left-handers were batting .164 against Pettitte, going 11-for-67.
The Orioles are off again today -- the fourth open date on their schedule since May 12 -- before continuing their homestand tomorrow against the Boston Red Sox (7:05 p.m.). The Orioles swept the Red Sox in a two-game series at Camden Yards earlier this month. Daniel Cabrera will try again for his sixth win after failing against the Tampa Bay Rays last weekend. He gave up four runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings, but didn't get the decision in a 5-4 loss. He allowed three runs and scattered 10 hits over seven innings in a May 14 victory over the Red Sox -- only his second win in 11 career decisions against them. The Orioles will face Josh Beckett, whom they beat once this season, collecting five runs and 11 hits in 5 2/3 innings.