New York Yankees defeat Baltimore Orioles, 8-7

Three-peat There aren't many triples on Kevin Millar's resume.

Before last night, he had 14 in a major league career that began in 1998, none since 2005, only one since 2003. But he drove in a run in the seventh inning with a triple that scored Nick Markakis, though right fielder Bobby Abreu assisted him by playing the ball like a bear on roller skates. Freddie Bynum ran for Millar and scored on Jay Gibbons' two-run double that gave the Orioles a 5-4 lead.

Loss of co...

The 19-minute rain delay that occurred in the middle of the Orioles' four-run seventh inning last night gave the home team plenty of chances to ponder what they were on the verge of accomplishing. They had already erased a two-run deficit against New York Yankees ace Chien-Ming Wang and a sweep of their rivals - their first at home since April 2005 - was just six outs away.

The Orioles got two of the outs, but only after giving up the lead in familiar fashion. John Parr...

Did the Orioles lose their opportunity to sweep the hated New York Yankees because of a communications breakdown in the stadium operations department?

Several sources confirmed yesterday that a failure to relay timely weather information might have contributed to the circumstances that enabled the Yankees to stay on the field long enough to take the lead before Thursday night's game was suspended with the Orioles trailing 8-6.

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The early game

The New York Yankees were 0-for-4 at the plate last night in the first game and still won. It helps when you're spotted an 8-6 lead. The Orioles scored once in the ninth against Mariano Rivera on Corey Patterson's double and Ramon Hernandez's pinch-hit single. Brian Roberts singled with two outs after barely missing a walk-off home run, but Brandon Fahey bounced into a force. John Parrish took the loss, one month after the game began.

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