Orioles Throttle Yankees

The Orioles made sure the Yankees had no chance to mount a late-inning comeback during yesterday’s game. The Birds of Baltimore completely shut down the Bronx Bombers, allowing no runs and only two hits in a 12-0 thrashing of the Evil Empire Tuesday night.

The enigmatic Aubrey Huff led the way with a third-inning grand slam. The equally mysterious Daniel Cabrera allowed two hits and struck out five — but walked six — in 6 2/3 innings. It was Cabrera’s first appearance in Yankee Stadium since Sept. 28, 2006 — when the Biggest Loser lost a no-hit bid with one out in the ninth.

“I thought [Monday’s] game made us more determined tonight to come out here and get the job done to be honest with you,” manager Dave Trembley said in the Baltimore Sun. “I know the mood of the team after the game last night was they were real determined to come out here today and win the ballgame. I think we know the personality of the club. The personality of the club is we’ll compete. It just seems like the more we’re pushed up against the wall, the more we’ll respond to that.”

Brian Roberts stole two bases (giving him 36 on the year) and went one-for-four with an RBI and a walk, while Melvin Mora got three hits and an RBI.

Yankee-killer Kevin Millar went three-for-three with an eighth-inning homer, four runs scored, and two walks. From 2004-06, Millar hit .304 against the Evil Empire with eight homers and 27 RBIs. This season, he’s upped his average against New York to .353.

NOTE: The Yankees will wear a No. 10 patch for the remainder of the season to honor the legendary Phil “Scooter” Rizzuto, who died Monday night. Rizzuto, who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1994, voiced the famous play-by-play in Meat Loaf’s “Paradise By the Dashboard Light.”

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