New York Yankees defeat Baltimore Orioles, 11-2

BALTIMORE - When Nick Swisher lost out to Xavier Nady for the right-field job in spring training, it seemed for a while that Swisher's only guaranteed action every day would be as a DJ on the iPod dock he regularly cranks up in the clubhouse to keep his teammates loose.

But Swisher has done something well in each of the Yankees' three games this season - he had a monster day Thursday - and could force his way into the lineup more frequently.

Swisher made his first st...

BALTIMORE - After committing nearly a half-billion dollars to four new players despite a dismal economy this winter, the Yankees finally saw a return on their investment Thursday.

Newcomers Mark Teixeira and Nick Swisher both homered in support of A.J. Burnett, who gave the Yankees their first good performance by a starting pitcher in an 11-2 win over the Orioles, averting what would have been a dreadful three-game sweep to begin the season.

Burnett gave up seven hit...

NO OFFENSE

The Orioles' offense, which racked up 17 runs and 23 hits in the first two games of the series, was contained by A.J. Burnett and four Yankees relievers. The Orioles had seven hits Thursday, with only one, a sixth-inning single by Ty Wigginton, coming after the fourth inning. Felix Pie and Chad Moeller, who were hitting seventh and eighth, respectively, had four of the hits.

BULLPEN BLUES

Expected to be a strength this season, the Orioles' bullpen didn'...

It took three days, but it appears the Orioles have unlocked the formula. Funny how teams can learn more in a defeat than they ever can in victory.

Those first two games of the season? We learned the Orioles have the ability to score some runs. (We also learned that Mark Teixeira is evil incarnate, hates cute babies and probably parks in handicap spaces without the state-approved placard. But that horse has been beaten into submission and won't likely be walking again. ...