A recap of the Orioles' 7-6 win over the Yankees last night:
A late hook
Orioles starter Daniel Cabrera was on the precipice of the club's longest outing in nearly a month when he was ejected by plate umpire Chad Fairchild with one on and nobody out in the bottom of the eighth. With a 6-1 lead, Cabrera threw a high-and-tight fastball that hit Alex Rodriguez's left elbow. Fairchild immediately ejected Cabrera, to the surprise of the pitcher and manager Dave Trembley. Had Cabrera gotten one more out, it would have been the club's longest start since his complete game against the Kansas City Royals on July 2 . Cabrera, who was charged with three earned runs, picked up his just his second win in 13 starts.
Millar tough on Yankees
Based on his years in Boston, Kevin Millar isn't a favorite at Yankee Stadium. And this year he has given the fans real reason to heckle him. Millar's fourth-inning home run against New York's Darrell Rasner - which gave the Orioles a 2-0 lead - was his sixth of the season against the Yankees, more than any other player has hit against them this year. He has 21 in his career against the Yankees, his most versus any opponent. It was Millar's 16th homer of the year and fourth in five games.
Huff keeps streaking
Designated hitter Aubrey Huff extended his hitting streak to eight games, with his seventh multihit performance in that stretch. Huff had four hits last night, including a three-run double in the seventh that extended the Orioles' lead from 2-1 to 5-1 and a solo homer (his 22nd) against Mariano Rivera in the ninth that gave them a 7-3 lead. That insurance homer was needed as the Yankees rallied in the ninth. He is 17-for-34 (.500) in his past eight games. It was the fifth time this season and 16th time in his career that he has had four hits in a game. He has 71 RBIs this season, moving him into fifth in the American League in that category.
Orioles right-hander Dennis Sarfate (4-1, 3.78 ERA) makes his first major league start this afternoon and it just so happens to be against his childhood team, the Yankees. Sarfate, who spent his first 10 years living in Brooklyn before his family moved to Arizona, hasn't started regularly since 2006 at Triple-A Nashville. He'll face Yankee phenom Joba Chamberlain (3-3, 2.30 ERA), who has never started against the Orioles but has allowed one run in six innings of relief against them.