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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 [1] was a sight for sore eyes [2] indeed. The Baltimore Orioles walked 13 [3] Yankee batters last night, and Alex Rodriguez hit two home runs as the Bronx Bombers cruised to victory [4]. Derek Jeter added a three-run shot, and after a choppy first inning, Mike Mussina [5] retired the last twelve men he faced. The game [6] 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 [7] 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 [8] 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 [9] pounded the Twins [10] behind strong performances from Curt Schilling [11] and Nomar Garciaparra [12] 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 [13]. Contreras [14] 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 [15] 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 [16], it’s a nice story to soak in this morning.

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URLs in this post:

[1] Camden Yards: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A62171-2004Jun22.html

[2] sight for sore eyes: http://yankeefan.blogspot.com/2004/06/earl-weaver-day.html

[3] walked 13: http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/yankees/ny-spyanks233864806jun23,0,4278386.story?coll=ny-yankees-print

[4] cruised to victory: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A62229-2004Jun22.html

[5] Mike Mussina: http://www.nypost.com/sports/yankees/26292.htm

[6] The game: http://www.themidnighthour.squarespace.com/display/ShowJournal?moduleId=19838&creatorId=3166

[7] Gary Sheffield: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/story/205513p-177396c.html

[8] Kevin Brown: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/story/205511p-177393c.html

[9] Red Sox: http://www.soxaholix.com/tp/2004/06/wicked_weird.html

[10] Twins: http://www.bat-girl.com/archives/000258.html

[11] Curt Schilling: http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2004/06/23/made_to_order/

[12] Nomar Garciaparra: http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2004/06/23/shortstop_delivered_in_grand_way/

[13] defected from Cuba: http://www.nydailynews.com/front/story/205554p-177424c.html

[14] Contreras: http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/yankees/ny-spjose233864815jun23,0,6399661.story?coll=ny-yankees-bigpix

[15] Contreras: http://williambragg.com/wordpress/index.php?p=218

[16] get ahead of ourselves: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/story/205484p-177372c.html

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