Miguel Gonzalez had dominated in the Bronx, pitching to a 2.20 ERA in five previous outings, including an American League Division Series start here last season. But on Friday, Gonzalez picked a bad time for his first rough outing at Yankee Stadium.
The Orioles managed just five hits in seven innings against Sabathia ¿ and were held without a hit for the game¿s first five innings ¿ but McLouth¿s go-ahead solo homer off Sabathia in the bottom of the seventh was the difference in the Orioles¿ 4-3 comeback win in front of an announced 40,041 at Camden Yards.
Eighty students from Morrell Park Elementary-Middle attended the event, selected to attend based on a combination of perfect attendance, citizenship awards and making the honor roll. The Orioles held the party, which is aimed at rewarding children from disadvantaged areas of Baltimore, for the 34th year.
Orioles left fielder Nolan Reimold, on the disabled list with a neck injury, said Tuesday that he still is experiencing tingling in his thumb and forearm and weakness in his left shoulder several days after undergoing an epidural injection.
Long a solid center fielder and one of baseball's best baserunners, Curtis Granderson has turned into a beast at the plate since working with New York Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long to rework his swing.