Baltimore Orioles defeat New York Yankees, 6-4

NEW YORK -- It was exactly the reason the Orioles went out and spent $42 million to overhaul their bullpen.

The Orioles took a four-run lead last night over the New York Yankees into the sixth inning after an early offensive outburst against Mike Mussina and another gritty and pressure-packed performance by young pitcher Adam Loewen.

All that was left from the team's first victory in 2007 was for the bullpen to get 12 outs, a task that so bedeviled the Orioles last seas...

Mussina payback

Orioles fans are still bitter over the team's last established ace, Mike Mussina, leaving Baltimore to sign with the hated New York Yankees. Apparently, the Orioles' hitters are still bitter, too. They touched Mussina for six earned runs on eight hits and three walks over four innings in the Orioles' 6-4 victory last night. In his past four starts against the Orioles, Mussina has given up 17 earned runs and 27 hits in 17 2/3 innings.

Bullpen bends but...