This may be the most painful win of the year for the Orioles. Forget for a moment that their wildly exciting 5-4 victory over the New York Yankees before a sellout crowd of 46,067 at Oriole Park on Saturday leaves them tied for first place in the AL East.They lost Nick Markakis.Markakis was hit in the left hand in the fifth inning by a pitch from CC Sabathia and immediately left the game. Orioles fans gasped.They remember how the offense struggled in the six weeks Markakis missed with after surgery to remove a hamate bone from his right hand. If Markakis is lost for a significant amount of time, manager Buck Showalter will have to find a new right fielder and leadoff hitter.Perhaps not coincidentally, the Orioles are 33-21 in games Markakis has led off. In the 35 games he missed, the Orioles were shut out six times.The Orioles (78-61) got back-to-back home runs from Mark Reynolds and Lew Ford in the second off CC Sabathia (13-5). Sabathia, who was 16-3 against the Orioles entering the game and 10-2 in Baltimore, failed to win in three starts against his favorite opponent this season.New York (78-61) took a 1-0 lead in the first. Derek Jeter singled, leading off. In his first game after missing 10 games with a left calf injury, Mark Teixeira doubled, and Jeter scored on Alex Rodriguezs fly ball.The Yankees led 2-0 in the second when Russell Martin walked and scored on Ichiro Suzukis double against Joe Saunders (2-1).In the bottom of the second, Reynolds 21st home run and Lew Fords third tied the score at 2. It was Reynolds seventh home run against the Yankees in the last eight days.They took a 3-2 lead in the third on a single by Markakis and an RBI double by Hardy.After Markakis left the game in the fifth, replaced by Nate McLouth, the Orioles scored twice more on Hardys 19th home run, a double by Adam Jones and a one-out single by Ford.Saunders worked 5 13 innings in his third start for the Orioles. He allowed two runs and five hits, walking two and striking out two. He left in the sixth with runners on first and second with one out. Darren ODay struck out Martin and Curtis Granderson to end the inning. In the seventh, ODay polished off the Yankees in order.Pedro Strop retired the first two Yankees in the eighth, but gave up a long home run to A-Rod, his 17th. After Robinson Cano walked and Martin singled, Brian Matusz rescued Strop by getting Granderson to pop out.Jim Johnson allowed a leadoff single to Suzuki to start the ninth. Eric Chavez singled, and Jeter bunted for a base hit to load the bases. Nick Swisher hit into a fielders choice to score Suzuki and Johnson got Teixeira to hit into a 4-6-3 double play to end it, and secure his 42 save. Sabathia allowed 6 13 innings, allowing five runs and eight hits.NOTE:-Zach Britton (5-1, 4.15) and Freddy Garcia (7-6, 5.09) are Sundays pitchers.
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Trey Mancini launched two home runs, drove in three runs, and scored three more in the victory. The 27-year-old now has 19 homers on the season.
LF Anthony Santander and 3B Rio Ruiz chipped in with two RBI apiece, the O's scoring eight unanswered runs off the Nats bullpen in the seventh and eighth innings.
Gabriel Ynoa earned his first win of the season after pitching 4.1 innings of one-run ball out of the bullpen, Mychal Givens picking up his eighth save. Starter Aaron Brooks went just 2.2 innings, allowing one run on two hits and two walks.
SP Dylan Bundy: Knee, 10-day Injured List
RP Josh Rogers: Elbow, 10-day Injured List
OF DJ Stewart: Ankle, 10-day Injured List
SP Alex Cobb: Back, 60-day Injured List
SP Nate Karns: Arm, 60-day Injured List
DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-day Injured List
Friday 7/19: Orioles vs. Red Sox, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Saturday 7/20: Orioles vs. Red Sox, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Sunday 7/21: Orioles vs. Red Sox, 1:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards
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One of the coolest things about Minor League Baseball is the creativity that comes with it.
The stadiums. The ice cream deals. The interesting mascots. And most importantly, the uniforms.
The Bowie Baysox, the Double-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, released special uniforms they will be wearing on Saturday for the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing.
And, oh wow, are they something. Take a look.
On the front of the uniform, you can see the image of where lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin planted the American flag on the lunar surface of the moon. On the back, a satellite view of the moon is pictured, with the player's number on top of it. Both the number and the cursive "Baysox" on the front are filled in with the American flag.
If you're looking for some to do on Saturday, go support the Baysox and their Moon Landing uniforms. If only there was a jersey giveaway.
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