Pie leaves game as O's tie Yankees, 6-6

  • Orioles manager Dave Trembley and the member of the team's training staff help Felix Pie off the field after he was hit by a pitch in the ankle from Yankees closer Mariano Rivera.
Orioles manager Dave Trembley and the member of the team's… (AP photo )
April 02, 2010|By Peter Schmuck | peter.schmuck@baltsun.com

TAMPA, Fla. — Outfielder Felix Pie had to be removed from Friday's exhibition game against the New York Yankees after he was hit on the right ankle by a pitch from Yankees closer Mariano Rivera.

Pie, who is tentatively scheduled to be in the Opening Night starting lineup on Tuesday, went down in the batters box after the ball struck him solidly on the exposed area behind the shin guard he wears to protect against foul balls. He got up and tried to go to first base, but was ordered off the field by manager Dave Trembley.

He suffered a bruised lower leg and was sent back to Sarasota for x-rays.

"I don't think it's anything,'' Trembley said. "He went to get x-rays. That's just standard whenever anybody gets hit."

The Orioles were trailing, 4-0, when Pie left the game, but Rivera went on to give up three unearned runs in that inning and the Orioles scored three more times in the seventh against Yankees reliever Grant Duff. The Yankees rallied in the ninth for two runs, and the game ended in a 6-6 tie at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

The final road exhibition game of the spring featured the late-inning debut of new utility infielder Julio Lugo, who entered the game at shortstop to create an unlikely double play combo with Robert Andino, whom he will likely replace on the 25-man Opening Day roster.

The strange dynamic continued in the seventh inning when Lugo and Andino came up back-to-back with the bases loaded and the game tied. Lugo, in his first Orioles plate appearance, struck out on four pitches. Andino followed with a two-run single to left to put the Orioles on top.

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