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Orioles drill Yankees; Jeter plunked on hand, A-Rod hits HR in return

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NEW YORK -- Just when the slumping New York Yankees got Alex Rodriguez back, Derek Jeter went down with an injury that nearly led to a brawl with Baltimore.

Adam Jones hit a three-run double during Baltimore's seven-run first inning against Mike Mussina, and the Orioles routed New York 12-2 on Tuesday in a testy game that included a late home run by A-Rod in his return from the disabled list.

The Orioles took advantage of a two-out throwing error by Jeter in the first to build a big cushion for Daniel Cabrera (5-1), who handed the last-place Yankees (20-25) their season-high fourth consecutive loss and sixth in seven games. New York has been outscored 30-8 during the first three games of this homestand.

"I'm hoping this is rock-bottom," manager Joe Girardi said. "It's an ugly loss and you've just got to put this one aside."

Kevin Millar and Luke Scott added tack-on homers for the surprising Orioles, who have won eight of 10 following a five-game skid. Jones finished with a career-high four hits and four RBI.

With Baltimore up 9-0 in the third, Cabrera hit Jeter on the left hand with a 2-1 pitch and the star shortstop spun away in pain. Girardi and a trainer came out to check on Jeter, who was quickly removed from the game.

X-rays were negative, and Jeter is day-to-day with a bruised hand.

"It'll be fine. Obviously, it doesn't feel good. But I should be all right by tomorrow," Jeter said, his hand wrapped heavily. "He hit me pretty good. Fortunately, it's not broken."

In the sixth, New York reliever LaTroy Hawkins threw one pitch inside to Scott and then the next one over his head. Hawkins was immediately ejected by plate umpire Chuck Meriwether without a warning, while Scott and Hawkins began gesturing at each other.

Scott was sure Hawkins threw at him intentionally.

"You've got to protect your players. That was not it," Scott said. "You never throw at anyone's head. You could end somebody's career, or life."

Hawkins insisted he was simply trying to pitch inside and the ball got away from him.

"The way it looked, he had a reason to think that way. But it wasn't intentional," he said. "Jeter got hit. Nobody else got hit. That's the bottom line."

Both benches and bullpens emptied as players spilled onto the field, but no punches were thrown. Hawkins was replaced by Edwar Ramirez.

"I will be appealing even though I haven't been suspended yet," Hawkins said.

The Yankees trailed 9-0 before Rodriguez even came to bat. Unable to overcome Jeter's miscue, Mussina (6-4) got only two outs against his former team -- matching the shortest start of his 18-year career. The right-hander had won five starts in a row.

"I never got my level of comfort, and it was just bad," he said. "This is the same place we were a year ago. It feels a lot worse than that."

With two on in the first, Scott hit a grounder to shortstop and Jeter said he "originally" planned to go to second base for the force. But it appeared second baseman Robinson Cano was late covering -- he was positioned toward the hole against the left-handed hitting Scott -- and Jeter threw high to first.

"I just threw it high," he said. "Those things can't happen."

The Orioles made Mussina pay. Aubrey Huff and Freddie Bynum had RBI singles in the inning for Baltimore, which set a season high for runs. After scoring the first run of the game, Brian Roberts added an RBI triple to cap the outburst.

After missing three weeks with a strained right quadriceps, Rodriguez returned to the cleanup spot and started at third base. He reached on an error in the second inning, grounded out in the fourth and hit a two-run homer in the sixth to make it 10-2.

Cabrera gave up five hits in seven innings, winning his third straight start. The 6-foot-9 right-hander often struggled with his control early in his career, but hasn't walked a batter in his past two outings. He has issued only three free passes in his last four starts after walking seven on April 28 against the Chicago White Sox.

"He has a purpose to what he does. He doesn't get really rattled. It's called growing up," Orioles manager Dave Trembley said.

Yankees left fielder Johnny Damon dropped a fly ball for an error with two outs in the second, leading to two unearned runs off Ross Ohlendorf.

New York had allowed five unearned runs all season before giving up eight Tuesday, its most since also yielding eight in a 10-5 loss to Cleveland on May 3, 1990.

Notes

  • Mussina also managed only two outs on July 13, 1995, with Baltimore against Kansas City.
  • A Yankees starter hadn't allowed seven runs in the first inning since Orlando Hernandez gave up nine in a 17-4 loss to the White Sox on June 18, 2000.
  • Orioles RHP Steve Trachsel will get a start this weekend at Tampa Bay, Trembley said.
  • New York is 8-12 this season without Rodriguez, a three-time AL MVP.
 
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The Yankees get A-Rod back, but Derek Jeter goes on the  day-to-day list after being hit in the hand. (AP)
The Yankees get A-Rod back, but Derek Jeter goes on the day-to-day list after being hit in the hand. (AP)

Players of the Game
Baltimore

A. Jones
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 0
RBI 4
Baltimore

D. Cabrera
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 2
BB 0
K 4
 
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B4111110 .271
    Luis Hernandez, 2B1000001 .247
Melvin Mora, 3B5000001 .251
    Alex Cintron, 3B0000000 .571
Nick Markakis, RF5010031 .258
Aubrey Huff, DH4211101 .250
Kevin Millar, 1B4321111 .241
Luke Scott, LF4312110 .278
Ramon Hernandez, C3111200 .212
Adam Jones, CF5144012 .265
Freddie Bynum, SS5111014 .267
Totals4012121168  
Batting
2B - Adam Jones (9, Mussina)
3B - Brian Roberts (3, Mussina)
HR - Kevin Millar (6, Ohlendorf), Luke Scott (4, Veras)
RBI - Brian Roberts (17), Aubrey Huff (24), Kevin Millar (22), Luke Scott 2 (16), Ramon Hernandez (18), Adam Jones 4 (15), Freddie Bynum (1)
2-OUT RBI - Brian Roberts (6), Aubrey Huff (8), Luke Scott 2 (9), Ramon Hernandez (9), Adam Jones 4 (9), Freddie Bynum (1)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Bynum-B. Roberts-Millar, Mora-B. Roberts-Millar, Hernandez-Bynum-Millar
E - Melvin Mora (5, Throwing)
Baltimore Orioles
Daniel Cabrera (W,5-1) 7522041 3.48
Lance Cormier 2200010 1.35
HBP - Jeter (by Daniel Cabrera)
Pitches-Strikes - Daniel Cabrera 86-52, Lance Cormier 22-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Daniel Cabrera 9-7, Lance Cormier 2-2
Batters Faced - Daniel Cabrera 26, Lance Cormier 7
New York Yankees
Johnny Damon, LF4010000 .250
Derek Jeter, SS1000001 .312
    Alberto Gonzalez, PR-SS2000020 .225
Bobby Abreu, RF4120001 .286
Alex Rodriguez, 3B3112000 .287
    Shelley Duncan, 1B1000001 .189
Hideki Matsui, DH4010001 .303
Jason Giambi, 1B3020010 .204
    Morgan Ensberg, 3B1000001 .211
Robinson Cano, 2B3000013 .200
Melky Cabrera, CF3000013 .250
Jose Molina, C3000000 .200
Totals3227205  
Batting
HR - Alex Rodriguez (5, Cabrera)
RBI - Alex Rodriguez 2 (13)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Rodriguez 2 (6)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - M. Rivera-Duncan
E - Johnny Damon (1, Dropped fly), Derek Jeter (5, Throwing)
New York Yankees
Mike Mussina (L,6-4) 0.2571210 4.11
Ross Ohlendorf 3.1431231 5.60
LaTroy Hawkins 1.2000110 5.57
Edwar Ramirez 1.1100010 0.00
Jose Veras 1122121 4.05
Mariano Rivera 1100000 0.50
WP - Mike Mussina (2), Ross Ohlendorf (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Mussina 41-25, Ross Ohlendorf 47-28, LaTroy Hawkins 20-12, Edwar Ramirez 18-11, Jose Veras 26-16, Mariano Rivera 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Mussina 2-0, Ross Ohlendorf 5-3, LaTroy Hawkins 1-3, Jose Veras 1-0, Mariano Rivera 1-1
Batters Faced - Mike Mussina 10, Ross Ohlendorf 17, LaTroy Hawkins 6, Edwar Ramirez 5, Jose Veras 5, Mariano Rivera 3
Game Information
Attendance - 51617
Game Time - 2:54
Temperature - 52
Umpires - Home - Chuck Meriwether, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - Chris Guccione, Third Base - Tim Welke