Baltimore Orioles defeat New York Yankees, 7-3

Derek Jeter has already reached his hit milestone and the Yankees are closing in on a division title.

But there are still important tasks for the team in the final two-plus weeks of the schedule - besides trying to clinch home-field advantage throughout October - and Saturday's 7-3 loss to the Orioles laid bare perhaps their most important chore.

Their No. 2 starter, A.J. Burnett, lost again, thanks to a disastrous second inning in which he gave up two homers - a solo s...

With each A.J. Burnett implosion of late, more and more Yankee fans surely envision a frightening October scenario: what if Tigers ace Justin Verlander throws a gem in Game 1, and suddenly it is up to Burnett to keep the Yankees from going down 0-2 in a five-game series, heading for Detroit?

We're still a long way from any of that, of course, and the championship form the Yankees have displayed the last couple of months should supersede any nagging fears about another e...

NEW YORK - -The Orioles are expected to decide on the status of Brian Matusz today and it appears that they are leaning toward shutting down the left-handed pitcher after the best start of his young career.

Matusz, 22, allowed just one run over seven innings in the Orioles' 7-3 victory over the New York Yankees on Saturday, pushing his innings total in his first professional season to 157 2/3, with 44 2/3 of those coming in the big leagues.

"It's really just a functi...

NEW YORK - - In what potentially could be the last inning thrown by Brian Matusz this season, the Orioles' rookie left-hander provided one more sign of hope, and yet another reminder of how good he could become.

With two men on and two outs in the seventh inning and the finest outing of his young career in danger of unraveling, Matusz started pinch hitter Jorge Posada with three consecutive balls before striking him out with a 91 mph fastball. He then got ahead of Derek...

NEW YORK - -With the bases loaded and one out in the second inning, Orioles leadoff man Brian Roberts' goal was to drive A.J. Burnett's two-seam fastball into the outfield and drive in a run. His past experiences against the New York Yankees right-hander told Roberts to keep his expectations low.

"He's struck me out on that [pitch] many times," said Roberts, who entered the at-bat with 10 hits against Burnett in 39 at-bats (.256). "It was one of those where you kind of ...