Once Again, Yanks Walk All Over Baltimore
But Mussina (8-4) became impenetrable after his early struggles, setting down 11 straight Orioles batters before the Yankees pulled him as a precaution following the fifth.
As a final indignity, the Orioles loaded the bases against the Yankees' bullpen with one out in the eighth -- on a trio of walks, no less -- but failed to score when Tejada popped up and Rafael Palmeiro grounded out. The Orioles' only hit after the second inning was an infield single by Javy Lopez, which should have been ruled an error on Jeter.
Orioles Notes: As expected, Rodrigo Lopez will return to the rotation Saturday against Atlanta, a decision that comes on the heels of the team's trade for right-handed reliever Jason Grimsley from the Kansas City Royals late Monday night. Lopez has a 6.41 ERA this season as a starter and a 1.99 ERA as a reliever.
"He's going to go in there and stay in there," Mazzilli said. "When you lose a starting pitcher you have to find one. And I didn't have one in [Class AAA] that I wanted in that role. There's no doubt he's the guy."
Lefty Eric DuBose, whom Lopez is replacing in the rotation, will see physician James Andrews in Birmingham on June 30 and could have arthroscopic surgery to remove bone chips in his left elbow the following day. . . .
Grimsley will move into the top right-handed set-up role previously occupied by Mike DeJean. In turn, DeJean will move into the long- to middle-relief role previously held by Lopez. Grimsley is holding opposing hitters to a .238 average, compared with DeJean's .347. . . .
Orioles left fielder Larry Bigbie left the game in the fourth inning with muscle cramps in his right leg. . . .
Yankees right fielder Gary Sheffield missed the game and is day-to-day with bursitis in his right shoulder. . . .
The previous record attendance at Camden Yards was 49,549, set on June 28, 2003, against Philadelphia.
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