TAMPA, Fla. — — Orioles outfielder Felix Pie had to be removed from Friday's exhibition game against the Yankees after he was hit on the right ankle by a pitch from New York closer Mariano Rivera.
Pie, who is tentatively scheduled to be in the Opening Night starting lineup Tuesday, went down in the batter's box after the ball struck him solidly on the exposed area behind the shinguard 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, but X-rays came back negative.
"I don't think it's anything," Trembley said.
The Orioles were trailing 4-0 when Pie left the game, but Rivera went on to give up three unearned runs in that inning.
They 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 likely will 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 score tied. Lugo, in his first plate appearance as an Oriole, struck out on four pitches. Andino followed with a two-run single to left to put the Orioles on top.
Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz, the team's No. 3 starter, will be on the mound for the Grapefruit League finale at 1:05 p.m. today against the New York Mets at Ed Smith Stadium. David Hernandez, the Orioles' No. 5 starter, also will pitch in the game. Left-hander Oliver Perez will start for the Mets. The Orioles are 5-9 this spring at Ed Smith Stadium.