New York Yankees defeat Baltimore Orioles, 2-1

He was coming off his worst two starts of the season in which he had coughed up 12 earned runs in just over 10 innings.

As his ERA rose, so, too, did Andy Pettitte's frustration level.

The problem, Pettitte said, was that his trademark cutter was nowhere to be found. It is his signature pitch, the one that has helped him to 223 wins.

"My cutter hadn't been that good," Pettitte said. "And when it doesn't do what you want it to do, you kind of shelve it."

But Monday...

The Yankees haven't scored many runs lately, but they're certainly making them count.

Hideki Matsui belted a game-winning home run off Jim Johnson in the bottom of the ninth Monday night at the Stadium, lifting the Yanks to their third consecutive 2-1 victory and fourth straight win overall. The Yankees improved to 55-37, a season-high 18 games over .500.

Matsui's game-ending homer was the fourth this season for the Yankees, the second walkoff of Matsui's career. As ...

NEW YORK - -He didn't even turn around to give it a courtesy glance. Orioles reliever Jim Johnson figured there was no point in doing that.

So as soon as the ball left Hideki Matsui's bat, flying toward the right-field seats, Johnson put his head down and started his slow walk off the field, oblivious to the New York Yankees that had started to gather at home plate.

"I knew as soon as he swung the bat, it was out of there," Johnson said. "There's no sense in turning ...

NEW YORK - - George Sherrill wants to be part of the nucleus that leads the Orioles back into contention, not a trade chip that brings a couple of more pieces to accelerate that process.

But Sherrill, whose name has factored prominently in trade rumors both before and after the Orioles acquired him from the Seattle Mariners in February 2008 in the Erik Bedard deal, knows he has no say in the matter.

"For sure, I want to be here," said Sherrill, who entered Monday's s...