Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, April 11, 2005; Page D10
NEW YORK, April 10 -- The few anxious moments after New York Yankees starting pitcher Carl Pavano was struck by a line drive from Melvin Mora in the third inning of the Orioles' 7-2 win were alleviated when the pitcher was found not to be seriously injured.
Pavano was taken to Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center for precautionary studies. The diagnosis was a mild concussion, and the Yankees expect him to make his next start.
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Pitcher Rodrigo Lopez ensured the series victory against the Yankees by leading the Orioles to a 7-2 win on Sunday.
Carl Pavano was struck by a line drive from Melvin Mora in the third inning of the Orioles' 7-2 win but is not seriously injured.
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"I saw it when it hit his head," Mora said. "I was just afraid to run to first base."
The ball struck just above Pavano's right ear.
"Any time you get hit in the head, it's a very scary sight," Yankees right fielder Gary Sheffield said. "That ball comes back off the bat at over 100 mph. It's frightening."
Orioles starting pitcher Rodrigo Lopez was struck on the side of his midsection by a line drive from Hideki Matsui. Lopez was not seriously hurt and remained in the game.
"I just felt like a burning for a minute," Lopez said. "Once I started making pitches it went away."
The Orioles have led in each of the past 16 games against the Yankees. They are 6-10 in those games. . . .
First baseman Rafael Palmeiro collected his 2,928th career hit with a single in the seventh inning against New York reliever Paul Quantrill. He is now in sole possession of 32nd place on the all-time hits list. . . .
Orioles Manager Lee Mazzilli said he spoke on Saturday with New York Mets Manager Willie Randolph, whose team began the season 0-5 before winning Sunday. The two managers were on Joe Torre's coaching staff two years ago.
"I called him [Saturday] night to see how he's doing," Mazzilli said. "He's doing okay. I told him to stay positive."