O's kids stand up to N.Y.

For 1 night at least, future is now as Loewen, Markakis, Ray top Yanks

Orioles 3 Yankees 2

August 17, 2006|By JEFF ZREBIEC | JEFF ZREBIEC,SUN REPORTER

New York -- It was just about two hours after Orioles vice president Jim Duquette gave a state-of-the-team address that focused heavily on the organization's future, when prized rookie and new No. 2 hitter Nick Markakis briefly silenced sold-out Yankee Stadium with a long home run.

About 10 minutes after Markakis' blast, rookie pitcher Adam Loewen started throwing his warm-up tosses. And then, after what seemed like a lifetime later, first-year closer Chris Ray was given the ball and asked to protect a one-run lead by getting six outs against a team that has given him fits.

Orioles@Yankees Today, 1:05 p.m., Comcast SportsNet, 1090 AM Starters: Orioles' Rodrigo Lopez (8-12, 6.20) vs. Yankees' Jaret Wright (9-6, 4.24)

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