Orioles Notebook

New York Trip Special To Sarfate

By Marc Carig
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, May 21, 2008

NEW YORK, May 20 -- When the Houston Astros traded him to Baltimore this offseason, one of the first thoughts that came to Dennis Sarfate's mind was his chance to live out a childhood dream. Perhaps that is why Sarfate found his presence in the visitor's clubhouse on Tuesday an unbelievable experience.

The right-handed Sarfate, who grew up as a Yankees fan in Brooklyn's Canarsie neighborhood, was one of several Orioles to come to Yankee Stadium as a player for the first time.

"It's a little surreal so far, walking in here," Sarfate said. "I came here as a little kid, coming to the games with my family. But to be in the tunnels, walking around in the clubhouse is real different. . . . Coming back here is a dream come true."

At 6 years old, Sarfate attended his first major league game at the stadium, which will be replaced next season by a new version across the street.

"It was like perfect timing," Sarfate said of seeing the original.

The pitcher still has family in the area and plans on visiting his old neighborhood. Sarfate also wants to visit Ground Zero, where his cousin perished on Sept. 11. Vincent Cangelosi, 30, worked with the firm Cantor Fitzgerald in the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

Approaching From the Left

Manager Dave Trembley said New York's terrible batting average against left-handed pitchers -- the Yankees entered play Tuesday hitting an American League worst .225 against lefties -- was a major reason that left-handers Garrett Olson and Brian Burres will once again pitch back-to-back.

But Trembley isn't sure the set-up will remain the same after this series.

"I've asked a lot of people what's the benefit and what's the disadvantage of splitting those guys up," Trembley said. "But I'm going to play with it."

UP NEXT: Wednesday at Yankees 7:05 p.m. Olson (3-0) vs. Rasner (2-0) MASN

Thursday at Yankees 7:05 p.m. Burres (4-4) vs. Kennedy (0-3) MASN

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