New York Yankees defeat Baltimore Orioles, 7-1

By the fourth inning yesterday when the New York Yankees broke through off Steve Trachsel and took their first lead of the weekend, the Orioles had already concluded that they were in for a tough afternoon.

Yankees starter Andy Pettitte, a nemesis of theirs for years, had breezed through the Orioles' lineup on just 26 pitches, striking out three and letting just one ball out of the infield in three flawless innings. The Orioles' first hit, a swinging bunt by Jay Payton ...

A recap of the Orioles' 7-1 loss to the Yankees yesterday:

Maybe he was due

Chad Bradford gives up home runs about as often as the Orioles wear "Baltimore" on their road jerseys. OK, maybe a little more often, but it's unusual to see someone take him deep. Johnny Damon belted a two-run homer off Bradford in the seventh inning yesterday after Steve Trachsel left the game, increasing the Yankees' lead to 4-0. The only long ball that Bradford surrendered last year came ...