Baltimore Orioles defeat New York Yankees, 10-5
BALTIMORE - Phil Coke was sitting by himself in front of his locker, staring off into space as his teammates dressed.
A few lockers away, Mariano Rivera called Coke's name and asked, "You OK?"
Coke, who gave up a two-run homer to Cesar Izturis that was the beginning of a four-run Orioles' eighth inning that blew open Monday's 10-5 Yankee loss, nodded. But Coke was still stewing over his performance. The lefty reliever had pitched well until Izturis' homer, but that was ...
BALTIMORE - One hundred and sixty-one million for that?
CC Sabathia has seven years to make good on his record-breaking contract, but the ace bombed Monday in his Yankees debut. Sabathia was torched for six runs in 4-1/3 innings, while the Alex Rodriguez-less lineup couldn't muster enough of a rally to overcome the lefthander's rough start. It all added up to a 10-5 loss to the Orioles, making the Yankees' 2009 season-opener feel an awful lot like 2008.
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The Orioles' top two hitters in the lineup, Brian Roberts and Adam Jones, did exactly what they were supposed to do: get on base. Roberts was 3-for-4 (a double and two singles) with a walk, and Jones was 3-for-3 (a two-run triple and two singles) with two walks. They scored five of the Orioles' 10 runs.
CC Sabathia made his Yankees debut, and it didn't go well for New York's $161 million man. Sabathia wasn't sharp from the first inning on,...