The Yankees beat the Orioles 9-4 but it wasn’t as easy as the score looks. Down 4-3, the Yankees scored six runs in the final two innings.
A few notes for you:
* Mike Mussina was pretty pleased he went six innings and allowed four runs. Why was that? In his two previous starts against the Orioles this season, the Moose has lasted 5.2 innings and allowed 13 runs.
I asked Mike whether he gave any thought to whether it was his last game at Camden Yards. “Sure I did,” he said.
So was it? Moose didn’t bite on the question. I would think he’ll come back next season but there are no guarantees. He’s the kind of guy who might go out on the great season.
* Cody Ransom has had two at-bats for the Yankees and hit two home runs.
“You should retire,” Brett Gardner told him.
“Thinking about it,” Ransom said.
* Derek Jeter treated questions about his 2,500th hit like a trip to the dentist. “It means we won the game today. I guess if you play long enough, youâ€™re bound to get some milestones. More importantly we won. We needed this game.”
Intrepid Mark Feinsand of the News asked Jeter whether he was looking forward to the next milestone, meaning 3,000 hits.
“Yeah, 2,501. Thatâ€™s what Iâ€™ll be thinking about tomorrow,” Jeter said.
Jeter did admit he kept the ball and would send it to his folks for safekeeping.
* My story was mainly about Bobby Abreu, who went 5 for 5, scored two runs, drove in a run, made a nice catch and gave the thrill of a lifetime to 14 kids from his homeland of Venezuela.
If you missed it in the previous post, Abreu arranged for the Venezuelan team in the Little League World Series to attend the game last night. The squad was eliminated yesterday.
* The LLWS team from Japan is in the international bracket championship on Saturday. They all autographed a ball and gave it to the Venezuelan kids to present to Hideki Matsui.
So there you have it. Yankees win and are nice to kids. Can’t beat it. Thanks for reading tonight and check back in tomorrow night.