New York Yankees defeat Baltimore Orioles, 10-7

NEW YORK -- Long before Alex Rodriguez had hit a walk-off grand slam against closer Chris Ray, giving the New York Yankees a 10-7 victory, Steve Trachsel had retreated to the visiting clubhouse, satisfied with his Orioles debut.

Trachsel struggled early, serving up a two-run homer to Rodriguez in the first inning yesterday. But he settled down and turned in an impressive 6 2/3 innings, holding the Yankees to four hits and three runs. It was the second-longest outing by ...

Bullpen blows it

A night after reaping the rewards of the $42 million they spent on overhauling their bullpen, the Orioles watched their top setup man and their closer cough up a four-run, eighth-inning lead in the 10-7 loss. Danys Baez surrendered a three-run homer to Jason Giambi in the eighth after walking consecutive batters, and Ray served up a walk-off grand slam to Alex Rodriguez after he had allowed a hit, walked a batter and hit another.

Mora on a tear

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NEW YORK -- It was a full-count, bases-loaded slider that Chris Ray threw here about a year ago that froze Hideki Matsui for a game-ending strikeout and backed the Orioles' faith in their closer of the future.

Nobody from the organization doubts that is still the case, even as Ray's vulnerability seemingly increases each time he faces the New York Yankees. Brought on yesterday to convert a one-run save, Ray got two quick outs and then unraveled, surrendering a game-endi...