O's look to build on series-opening win
Baltimore (24-20) at New York (20-25), Wednesday, 7:05 p.m. ET
NEW YORK -- They squared off and now they've tagged out. The Orioles and Yankees had a brief bench-clearing incident Tuesday night and spent plenty of time downplaying it after the game, saying that there's no reason to expect bad blood for the rest of the series. They'll get their first chance to find out Wednesday, in the middle act of a three-game set.
Baltimore earned an easy 12-2 triumph on Tuesday, and frustrations spilled out of both teams in the sixth inning, when reliever Yankees reliever LaTroy Hawkins appeared to throw at Orioles left fielder Luke Scott in apparent retaliation for an earlier plunking. Hawkins denied that assertion after the game, and Baltimore manager Dave Trembley said both teams have put it behind them.
"There's no reason for us to retaliate in any way, shape or form," he said of his team's philosophy. "That's not how we play baseball. It's totally inappropriate. Thats for headlines and gossip columnists. We don't play that way. Sometimes, things happen that are inappropriate. People make mistakes and you move on."
Moving on, in this case, means trying to get the bats right back in order. Baltimore set several season highs on Tuesday night including, but not limited to, its highest-scoring inning, highest-scoring game and largest margin of victory. The challenge will be to repeat that process Wednesday against Darrell Rasner, who has won both of his starts.
The Orioles will counter with southpaw Garrett Olson, who is also undefeated this season. The rookie has managed to go deep in virtually all of his starts, shaking the command issues that dogged him last season. Olson will be the first of two left-handers pitching in this series for Baltimore, and Brian Burres will work the finale on Thursday.Pitching matchup
BAL: LHP Garrett Olson (3-0, 3.47 ERA)
Olson has walked seven in four starts, but just two of those have come in his past three outings. NYY: RHP Darrell Rasner (2-0, 3.00 ERA)
Rasner has gone six innings and allowed two earned runs in each of his two starts -- both victories. Bird bites
The Orioles set a season high with 12 runs on Tuesday, the most the team had scored since a 12-0 victory last August against the Yankees. ... Baltimore is 8-2 in its past 10 games and 4-1 in its last five road games. ... Scott homered Tuesday for the third time in his last five games, and Adam Jones recorded career highs in hits (four) and RBIs (four). Tickets
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Thursday: Orioles (Brian Burres, 4-4, 3.47) at Yankees (Ian Kennedy, 0-3, 8.48), 7:05 p.m. ET
Friday: Orioles (Jeremy Guthrie, 2-4, 3.86) at Rays (Matt Garza, 2-1, 4.86), 7:10 p.m. ET
Saturday: Orioles (Steve Trachsel, 2-4, 6.75) at Rays (Edwin Jackson, 2-3, 3.29), 6:10 p.m. ET
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.