Baltimore Orioles defeat New York Yankees, 7-5

BALTIMORE - It might be too early for Joe Girardi to be sitting on the hot seat, but the Yankee manager can't be feeling very comfortable after watching his $200 million team stumble through its first two games.

The Yankees suffered their second straight ugly defeat to open the season, falling, 7-5, to the Orioles Wednesday night at Camden Yards to put them on the brink of an embarrassing three-game sweep.

"It's not what we expected, but it's only two games," Girardi...

BALTIMORE - The Yankees' new ace flopped on Opening Day. Now it's up to their old one to pick up the pieces.

Chien-Ming Wang returns to the mound Wednesday at Camden Yards, nearly 10 months after he suffered a season-ending foot injury that cost him the final 3-1/2months of the 2008 campaign.

After watching CC Sabathia get lit up for six runs in 4-1/3 innings on Monday, the Yankees are counting on Wang to pick up where he left off last year when his season abruptly e...

It was both historic and unspectacular.

It also was enough for Koji Uehara and his Orioles teammates to feel satisfied with the right-hander's indoctrination to major league baseball, a 7-5 victory over the New York Yankees.

"The Yankees have a great lineup, a lot of great players," said Uehara, the former Yomiuri Giants star who last night became the first Japanese native to play for the Orioles, through his translator. "It was an honor to get a chance to pitch agai...

Nick of time

Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis is an admitted slow starter, compiling a .247 average in March and April and a .257 average in May over his first three seasons. However, through two games, he seems intent on shedding that label. He went 3-for-3 on Wednesday: hitting an RBI double in the first, a single in the third, a two-run homer in the fourth and walking in the sixth. He's 5-for-7 with five RBIs this season.

Where's the beef?

Though two games i...

It took reliever Chris Ray all of two innings to get over the disappointment of his 2009 debut. As he sat in the dugout Monday after allowing a two-run homer to the New York Yankees' Hideki Matsui and issuing a walk to Jorge Posada, Ray watched Dennis Sarfate induce a clutch double play and Cesar Izturis extend the Orioles' lead with a two-run homer.

"After that, I had already forgotten what happened," Ray said.

It was the first appearance since July 2007 for the for...