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Welcome Back: Yanks 10, Orioles 4
Posted By Alex Belth On June 23, 2004 @ 8:31 am In Bronx Banter | Comments Disabled
Camden Yards  was a sight for sore eyes  indeed. The Baltimore Orioles walked 13  Yankee batters last night, and Alex Rodriguez hit two home runs as the Bronx Bombers cruised to victory . Derek Jeter added a three-run shot, and after a choppy first inning, Mike Mussina  retired the last twelve men he faced. The game  could have been more of a blow-out if the Yankees didn’t waste several scoring opportunities in the middle innings. Brett Prinz walked the bases-loaded in the eighth inning forcing Tom Gordon to close the game out. Gary Sheffield  sat out after receiving a cortisone shot in his left shoulder, where he is suffering from bursitis (he is day-to-day). In addition, it doesn’t look as if Kevin Brown  will pitch against the Sox next week; a throwing session has been bumped back to Friday and Brown will probably have one rehab start before he rejoins the big league club.
The Red Sox  pounded the Twins  behind strong performances from Curt Schilling  and Nomar Garciaparra  to remain four-and-a-half behind New York. However, the results of last night’s games were a footnote to the breaking news that Jose Contreras’ wife and two children had defected from Cuba . Contreras  flew to Florida last night where he was reunited with his family. In the photographs I’ve seen, Contreras looked calm and peaceful with his tired and confused baby-girl in his arms. His wife Miriam has dark skin, a round face, and an inviting smile. His eldest daughter looked directly into the cameras. I can only imagine how surreal the events of the past two days must have been for them.
This is warming news, and I’m happy for Contreras  and the women in his life. Whether or not this will change his performance on the field, who is to say? It makes for a nice fantasy, though I don’t know how piece of mind and mental stability will speed-up Contreras’ plodding delivery. Still, before we get ahead of ourselves , it’s a nice story to soak in this morning.
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URLs in this post:
 Camden Yards: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A62171-2004Jun22.html
 sight for sore eyes: http://yankeefan.blogspot.com/2004/06/earl-weaver-day.html
 walked 13: http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/yankees/ny-spyanks233864806jun23,0,4278386.story?coll=ny-yankees-print
 cruised to victory: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A62229-2004Jun22.html
 Mike Mussina: http://www.nypost.com/sports/yankees/26292.htm
 The game: http://www.themidnighthour.squarespace.com/display/ShowJournal?moduleId=19838&creatorId=3166
 Gary Sheffield: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/story/205513p-177396c.html
 Kevin Brown: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/story/205511p-177393c.html
 Red Sox: http://www.soxaholix.com/tp/2004/06/wicked_weird.html
 Twins: http://www.bat-girl.com/archives/000258.html
 Curt Schilling: http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2004/06/23/made_to_order/
 Nomar Garciaparra: http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2004/06/23/shortstop_delivered_in_grand_way/
 defected from Cuba: http://www.nydailynews.com/front/story/205554p-177424c.html
 Contreras: http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/yankees/ny-spjose233864815jun23,0,6399661.story?coll=ny-yankees-bigpix
 Contreras: http://williambragg.com/wordpress/index.php?p=218
 get ahead of ourselves: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/story/205484p-177372c.html
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