Play it again

April 20, 2008|By ROCH KUBATKO

A recap of the Orioles' 6-0 win over the Yankees last night:

Tale of two starters

Orioles pitcher Brian Burres and his Yankees counterpart, Ian Kennedy, kept putting runners on base in the early innings, dulling the pace of the game to excruciating measures. But there was one notable difference between the starters: Burres kept them from scoring, Kennedy did not. Burres allowed no runs over 5 2/3 innings despite surrendering five hits, walking four and throwing a wild pitch. He never had a clean inning, except in the scoring column. Kennedy threw 85 pitches in 2 2/3 innings, 42 for strikes. He was charged with four runs and five hits, and issued five walks.

Lots of noise for nothing

Try getting a walk, a triple and a single - in that order - and not scoring a run. It sounds impossible, but the Yankees managed to do it in the first inning. Johnny Damon drew a leadoff walk against Burres, but he was doubled off first on Melky Cabrera's liner to short. Derek Jeter followed with a sinking liner to right field that eluded Nick Markakis, who made a lunging attempt. Jeter held at third, however, when Alex Rodriguez sent a dribbler to the left side of the mound and reached on an infield hit. The rally ended when Jorge Posada grounded into a force.

Showing off the arm

If any good came from Markakis' failed attempt in right, it was the sight of Adam Jones winding up and making a throw that few outfielders could duplicate. Backing up Markakis, who came up short with his dive, Jones retrieved the ball on the warning track and fired toward third base. Melvin Mora moved about 15 feet off the bag, assuming there wouldn't be a play, and caught the ball on the fly. Jeter was credited with a triple. Meanwhile, Jones reminded everyone that one of the tools for a five-tool player is a strong throwing arm.

On deck

The Orioles conclude their three-game series with the Yankees today (1:35 p.m.), and a seven-game homestand, before visiting the Seattle Mariners and Chicago White Sox. Steve Trachsel takes the mound and hopes to stay there longer than the last time he pitched. He left Tuesday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays after 2 1/3 innings, the shortest outing by an Orioles starter this season. He was charged with five runs and five hits, walked three and hit a batter. In his only start against the Yankees last season, Trachsel allowed three runs in 6 2/3 innings and didn't get the decision. Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte is 22-6 lifetime against the Orioles.

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