7:05 PM ET, September 18, 2007
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
• Summary: Mike Mussina shut down the Orioles over seven innings and grabbed his 249th career victory on Tuesday night.
• Unsung hero: Doug Mientkiewicz, who was activated from the disabled list Sept. 1 after missing much of the season with a broken right wrist, hit a three-run homer in the fourth and singled in a run.
• Did you see that? Mussina, a six-time Gold Glove winner, rushed off the mound to grab Tike Redman's grounder in the first and start a 1-6-3 double play.
• Figure this: Mientkiewicz had four RBIs for the first time since he did it for the Mets on April 21, 2005, at Florida.
• Hunt for October: New York, which has won 11 of 13, closed within 2½ games of the Red Sox in the AL East. They also opened a 4½-game lead over Detroit in the wild-card race.
• Quotable: "I felt I could do whatever I wanted to do whenever I wanted to do it. You don't have many days like that." -- Mussina
-- ESPN.com news services
Yankees 12, Orioles 0
The magic number is derived by adding one to the number of remaining games and subtracting the number of games ahead in the loss column from the second-place team. Here's where the leaders stand:
Matsui said he hasn't had X-rays or an MRI exam on his ailing knee but that he will at the end of the season. Matsui has no idea whether he will need surgery. ... Orioles RHP Daniel Cabrera dropped his appeal and started serving his six-game suspension for throwing at Boston's Dustin Pedroia this month. Trembley said Cabrera's next start will be Monday against Kansas City. ... San Diego's Greg Maddux (19 seasons) is the only active player with a longer streak of seasons with 10 or more wins, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Regular Season Series
|Series tied 9-9 (as of Tue 9/18)|
|Fri 4/6||BAL 6, @NYY 4||Recap|
|Sat 4/7||@NYY 10, BAL 7||Recap|
|Sun 4/8||BAL 6, @NYY 4||Recap|
|Tue 6/26||@BAL 3, NYY 2||Recap|
|Wed 6/27||@BAL 4, NYY 0||Recap|
|Thu 6/28||NYY 8, @BAL 7||Recap|
|Fri 7/27||@BAL 4, NYY 2||Recap|
|Sat 7/28||@BAL 7, NYY 5||Recap|
|Sun 7/29||NYY 10, @BAL 6||Recap|
|Mon 8/13||@NYY 7, BAL 6||Recap|
|Tue 8/14||BAL 12, @NYY 0||Recap|
|Wed 8/15||BAL 6, @NYY 3||Recap|
|Mon 9/17||@NYY 8, BAL 5||Recap|
|» Tue 9/18||@NYY 12, BAL 0||Box Score|
|Wed 9/19||@NYY 2, BAL 1||Recap|
|Fri 9/28||@BAL 10, NYY 9||Recap|
|Sat 9/29||NYY 11, @BAL 10||Recap|
|Sun 9/30||NYY 10, @BAL 4||Recap|
|Complete Schedule: Orioles | Yankees|
|4th||H Matsui doubled to right, D Jeter and B Abreu scored.||0||2|
|4th||R Cano singled to center, H Matsui scored, J Posada to second.||0||3|
|4th||D Mientkiewicz homered to right, J Posada and R Cano scored.||0||6|
|6th||M Cabrera hit sacrifice fly to center, J Posada scored.||0||7|
|7th||H Matsui singled to left center, D Jeter scored, B Abreu to second.||0||8|
|7th||R Cano singled to center, B Abreu scored, H Matsui to third, J Posada to second.||0||9|
|7th||D Mientkiewicz singled to center, H Matsui scored, J Posada to third, R Cano to second.||0||10|
|7th||M Cabrera singled to left, J Posada and R Cano scored, D Mientkiewicz to second.||0||12|
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|Stadium||Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY|
|Attendance||52,685 (107.1% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||65 degrees, clear|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Eric Cooper, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Mike Reilly, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg|