Play It Again

August 23, 2008|By Dan Connolly

A recap of the Orioles' 9-4 loss to the Yankees last night:

Liz returns, leaves early

Radhames Liz made his return to the big leagues, but it wasn't a long one. He lasted just 4 2/3 innings, allowing three earned runs on nine hits and a walk. Liz, who had a 7.47 ERA in 10 previous starts before being demoted, lowered his ERA to 7.32. He was in position to get a win with a 3-1 lead in the fifth, but he allowed two solo homers before being chased. Liz was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk after going 2-2 with a 2.67 ERA in four starts.

Back-to-back homers

For the eighth time this season, the New York Yankees hit consecutive home runs. One of those was an absolute rocket. Trailing 3-1 in the fifth, Robinson Cano led off with a 425-foot blast to right that cleared the flag court and landed on the roof of Boog's Barbecue. It was the fifth Eutaw Street homer of the season and third by the Yankees (Jason Giambi has hit two). Catcher Jose Molina followed and hit a 362-foot liner over the left-field wall. The Yankees' ninth set of back-to-back homers came in the ninth inning, when Cody Ransom and Xavier Nady hit them off Fernando Cabrera.

A Jeter milestone

Yankees shortstop and captain Derek Jeter doesn't necessarily need milestones to pave his way to the Hall of Fame, but he got one in the first inning. Batting second, Jeter hit a flare to shallow center that second baseman Brian Roberts nearly snagged over his shoulder. But it bounced away and landed in the grass for a single. It was the 2,500th hit of Jeter's 14-season career.

On deck

The Orioles send Jeremy Guthrie (10-9, 3.15 ERA) to the mound tonight (7:05) to face New York's forgotten big-money starter Carl Pavano, who is making his 2008 debut. Pavano hasn't pitched in the big leagues since April 2007, and hasn't faced the Orioles since June 27, 2005. In his career, he is 2-2 with a 3.14 ERA against them. Guthrie has faced the Yankees six times in his career (five starts). He is 2-1 with a 3.90 ERA, but 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA against them in 2008.

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