|MIKE MUSSINA Pounded in first|
Just when the slumping New York Yankees got Alex Rodriguez back, Derek Jeter went down with an injury that nearly led to a brawl with Baltimore.
Adam Jones hit a three-run double during Baltimore's seven-run first inning against Mike Mussina, and the Orioles routed New York, 12-2, last night in a feisty game that included a late homer by A-Rod in his return from the disabled list.
The Orioles took advantage of a two-out throwing error by Jeter in the first to build a big cushion for Daniel Cabrera (5-1), who handed the last-place Yankees (20-25) their season-high fourth straight loss and sixth in seven games. New York has been outscored, 30-8, during the first three games of this homestand.
"I'm hoping this is rock-bottom," manager Joe Girardi said. "It's an ugly loss and you've just got to put this one aside."
Kevin Millar and Luke Scott added tack-on homers for the surprising Orioles, who have won eight of 10 following a five-game skid. Jones finished with a career-high four hits and four RBIs.
With Baltimore ahead, 9-0, in the third, Cabrera hit Jeter on the left hand with a 2-1 pitch and the star shortstop spun away in pain. Girardi and a trainer came out to check on Jeter, who was quickly removed from the game.
X-rays were negative, and Jeter is day-to-day with a bruised hand.
"It'll be fine. Obviously, it doesn't feel good. But I should be all right by tomorrow," Jeter said, his hand wrapped heavily. "He hit me pretty good. Fortunately, it's not broken."
In the sixth, New York reliever LaTroy Hawkins threw one pitch inside to Scott and then the next one over his head. Hawkins was immediately ejected by plate umpire Chuck Meriwether without a warning, while Scott and Hawkins began gesturing at each other.
The Yankees trailed, 9-0, before Rodriguez even came to bat. Unable to overcome Jeter's miscue, Mussina (6-4) got only two outs - matching the shortest start of his 18-year career. The righthander had won five starts in a row.
Braves sweep Mets - Tom Glavine retired his last 17 batters during his first post-New York appearance against the Mets and led Atlanta to a home win, 6-1, in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.
The 42-year-old lefthander allowed only three hits and a walk - all in the first. He left after six innings, and Will Ohman, Blaine Boyer, and Manny Acosta finished for the Braves.
In the second game, Jorge Campillo pitched six scoreless innings for his first major league win to power Atlanta to a 6-2 win.
Angels 3, Blue Jays 1 - John Lackey won for the first time since Sept. 28, pitching seven strong innings to help Los Angeles get a rare victory in Toronto.
Casey Kotchman doubled home Torii Hunter with the go-ahead run in the third inning, and the Angels snapped a four-game road losing streak in a ballpark where they have struggled in recent years. Los Angeles, loser of 14 of 16 in Toronto coming in, improved to 19-38 at Rogers Centre since 1996.
Tigers 12, Mariners 8 - Justin Verlander struck out a season-high seven and Edgar Renteria homered and matched a career high with five RBIs as host Detroit pounded Seattle.
Verlander (2-7) gave up 1 run, 4 hits, and walked 1 over six innings.
White Sox 4, Indians 1 - Jose Contreras (5-3) outpitched C.C. Sabathia (3-6), and Jim Thome and Carlos Quentin hit solo homers to lift host Chicago to its season-high sixth straight win.
Rays 3, Athletics 2 - Left fielder Emil Brown tried to make a sliding catch on Dioner Navarro's sinking liner in the eighth inning and the ball got past him for a three-run error, sending visiting Tampa Bay and Scott Kazmir (3-1) to victory.
Marlins 3, Diamondbacks 2 - Dan Uggla hit his 14th home run and Kevin Gregg escaped a bases-loaded jam in the eighth to help host Florida take the opening game in a series between division leaders.
Brewers 7, Pirates 2 - Manny Parra (2-2) pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings, and Mike Cameron and Corey Hart homered to help visiting Milwaukee snap a five-game losing streak.
Twins 11, Rangers 4 - Glen Perkins pitched six scoreless innings for his first major league win and host Minnesota handed Texas its third loss in a row.
Astros 4, Cubs 2 - A day after snapping a career-high 16-game hitting streak with an 0-for-4 night, Hunter Pence hit a grand slam to lift host Houston.
Phillies 1, Nationals 0 - Greg Dobbs's RBI pinch-hit single in the ninth inning lifted visiting Philadelphia.
Giants 6, Rockies 5 - Tim Lincecum (6-1) pitched six effective innings, Rich Aurilia had three hits, including a solo homer, and visiting San Francisco snapped a season-high six-game skid.
Dodgers 4, Reds 1 - Chad Billingsley (4-5) pitched seven scoreless innings and singled home a run as Los Angeles handed Cincinnati its eighth straight loss at Chavez Ravine.
Padres 3, Cardinals 2 - Kevin Kouzmanoff hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning that carried host San Diego past St. Louis.