Baltimore Orioles defeat New York Yankees, 6-4

NEW YORK -- Chris Ray sat at a table in the middle of a mostly quiet Orioles clubhouse yesterday morning, playing cards with several teammates while reminders of what happened to him and his team about 18 hours earlier were all around him.

His elbow rested right near a stack of newspapers with the headline "A-Men," chronicling Alex Rodriguez's walk-off grand slam against the Orioles' closer a day earlier. Behind Ray, about 10 of his teammates sat around a clubhouse tele...

New York -- It was only one game, just like the ugly one the day before, but to understand the impact of yesterday's 6-4 victory at Yankee Stadium on today's Opening Day ceremonies at Oriole Park, you have to consider the alternative.

The Orioles were in largely the same situation in the late innings yesterday as they were Saturday, when the Yankees staged a huge comeback and Alex Rodriguez hit a walk-off grand slam against a supposedly new and improved Orioles bullpen....

I told you so, Part I

When Orioles catcher Paul Bako got up in the fourth inning with two on and one out, Nick Markakis predicted to Aubrey Huff that Bako, who hadn't hit a home run since 2004, was going to take Yankees starter Darrell Rasner deep. On a 2-0 pitch, he did just that, hitting a drive that gave the Orioles a lead that starter Erik Bedard and the Chris Ray-led bullpen wouldn't relinquish. "Huffy told [Markakis] that he should play the lottery," Bako said aft...