GAME: New York Yankees (39-38) at Baltimore Orioles (43-34).
TIME: Wednesday, 7:05 p.m. EDT.
Mike Mussina hopes to recover from a poor outing and help the New York Yankees shake off a tough loss as they wrap up a three-game series with the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards.
Mussina had a personal three-game winning streak snapped in Saturday's 6-4 loss to the New York Mets. The veteran right-hander allowed five runs and six hits, including two home runs, over six innings.
"He didn't have that control and he needs that," Yankees manager Joe Torre said of Mussina, who only walked one but was working from behind in the count on almost every better he faced. "He's not a power pitcher and when he falls behind in the count, it's tough for anybody to pitch, but Moose really depends on getting ahead in the count."
The Yankees are in danger of losing their third straight series after blowing a 4-1 lead in Tuesday's 5-4 loss in 10 innings to the Orioles. Mike Stanton allowed a game-winning homer to Brian Roberts on the first pitch of the 10th inning.
Earlier in the day, Yankees owner George Steinbrenner met with his top advisers for five hours. The session in Tampa, Fla., came one day after Steinbrenner issued a statement saying his "patience is a little short" and "the players have to want to win as much as I do."
New York general manager Brian Cashman said the meeting focused on "ways to be better."
"That's the bottom line ... as simple as that," Cashman added. "Obviously, we've under performed at this stage. We're looking to improve on what we've got. That's it. These meeting happen in the spring, in the midseason and the winter. We're always looking for solutions to try and be better everyday."
Baltimore ended its season-high six-game losing streak with a passionate comeback before a sellout crowd of 47,465.
"That's the way to do it," manager Lee Mazzilli said. "We had our backs against the wall, losing six straight, playing this team. We came back."
Palmeiro hit his 563rd homer, tying Reggie Jackson for ninth place on the all-time list.
"These are all huge names, the greatest players of all time," Palmeiro said, cradling the baseball. "Reggie ranks up there on that list."
Best of all, the two-run, sixth-inning drive started the Orioles on their way back from a three-run deficit.
"That's why it's big, because we got back in the game," Palmeiro said. "We needed this game tonight."
The two RBIs gave Palmeiro 1,813 and moved him past Frank Robinson into 15th place all-time. Palmeiro needs 10 hits to join Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Eddie Murray as the only players in major league history with 3,000 hits and 500 home runs.
STANDINGS: Yankees - 3rd place, 5½ GB, AL East. Orioles - 2nd place, 1½ GB, AL East.
YANKEES PROBABLE STARTER: Mussina (8-5, 3.95 ERA). Mussina, who pitched for Baltimore from 1991-2000, is 8-4 with a 4.00 ERA in 16 career starts against his former club.
ORIOLES PROBABLE STARTER: Hayden Penn (2-1, 6.07 ERA). The rookie right-hander is coming off his first major league defeat. He allowed seven runs and eight hits over just two innings of a 7-5 loss at Atlanta on Friday. He is facing the Yankees for the first time in his career.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Yankees - Alex Rodriguez, .329 avg., 20 HRs and 66 RBIs; Derek Jeter, 59 runs; Tony Womack, 18 SBs. Orioles - Roberts, .365 avg. and 16 SBs.; Miguel Tejada, 19 HRs, 60 RBIs and 49 runs.
SEASON SERIES: Orioles, 6-2.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Yankees - Five of 2B Robinson Cano's six homers this season have been solo shots. ... RHP Mussina is 77-40 with a 3.58 ERA in 153 career starts at Camden Yards. ... Torre said RHP Kevin Brown will be in Florida on Wednesday, hopefully to start throwing. Brown was placed on the 15-day DL on June 18 with a strained lower back. Orioles - 3B Melvin Mora is hitting .348 (8-for-23) in his career against RHP Mussina. ... RHP Penn is 2-0 with a 4.24 ERA in three starts at home this season. ... SS Tejada is hitting .364 (12-for-33) with four home runs and 12 RBIs in his career against Mussina.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Yankees - 15-19 on the road; Orioles - 22-16 at home.
INJURIES: Yankees - INF Rey Sanchez (back), 15-day DL; RHP Brown (back), 15-day DL; RHP Felix Rodriguez (knee), 15-day DL; RHP Jaret Wright (shoulder), 60-day DL. Orioles - C Javy Lopez (hand), 15-day DL; OF B.J. Surhoff (rib cage), 15-day DL; LHP Erik Bedard (knee), 15-day DL; RHP Kurt Ainsworth (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Jason Grimsley (elbow), 60-day DL; OF Val Majewski (shoulder), 60-day DL.