With bat and glove, Urías leads Orioles over Yankees 7-6

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BALTIMORE – Ramón Urías hit a tiebreaking double and then scored on a wild pitch.

That might’ve all been for naught if he hadn’t made a sparkling defensive play an inning later.

Urías put Baltimore ahead with his bat in the bottom of the seventh, then started a crucial double play at third base in the eighth to help the Orioles win their home opener Friday, 7-6 over the New York Yankees.

“It’s a great win, especially being in front of that crowd,” Urías said. “I don’t remember it being like that last year.”

Ron Marinaccio (0-1) allowed a leadoff walk in the seventh to Ryan Mountcastle, who stole second when Gunnar Henderson took a called third strike. Jimmy Cordero then took the mound and threw a wild pitch before allowing Urías’ double to left-center that made it 6-5.

Urías later scored on Cordero’s second wild pitch of the inning.

Cionel Pérez (1-0) retired the side on five pitches in the seventh, but he allowed a double and two singles to start the eighth. With Baltimore’s lead cut to one and men on first and second, Bryan Baker relieved Pérez. After initially showing bunt, Jose Trevino swung away on a 2-0 pitch and hit a hard grounder that Urías fielded for a 5-3 double play.

“That was a huge moment in the game right there,” Orioles outfielder Austin Hays said. “Especially when he was trying to bunt the first two pitches and he got into a hitter’s count and put a good swing on the ball. But Ramon just made a great play.”

Baker fanned Isiah Kiner-Falefa with a man on third for the third out.

Félix Bautista pitched a hitless ninth for his third save, although a walk and a stolen base by Aaron Judge, followed by a wild pitch, put the tying run at third with two out. Anthony Rizzo hit a routine fly ball to left to end it.

The Orioles’ home opener was postponed from Thursday to Friday because of weather concerns.

Baltimore scored two runs apiece in the second and third innings, only for Franchy Cordero – who was released by the Orioles last month – to hit a three-run homer for New York in the fourth.

“Very cool,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “He’s done a great job. He’s gotten a couple big hits for us – obviously a big homer today.”

The Yankees went ahead in the sixth on a two-run double by Oswaldo Cabrera, but Adley Rutchman tied it at 5 in the bottom of that inning with a two-out RBI single.


The Orioles improved by 31 games last season, going 83-79. That was almost enough for a wild card, although they still finished 16 games behind the AL East-winning Yankees.

“I thought we competed really well today,” Boone said. “They’re a formidable opponent. We know that.”


Yankees: Boone said 3B Josh Donaldson (hamstring) would likely go on the injured list, but that wasn’t certain yet. He did not have an MRI. … RHP Luis Severino (right lat strain) threw out to 120 feet on Thursday, and the hope was for him to throw a bullpen Sunday. … Boone said LHP Carlos Rodón (left forearm strain) would throw live batting practice Monday.

Orioles: RHP Mychal Givens (knee inflammation) is expected to throw a side session Saturday. … C James McCann (left oblique strain) was set to begin a rehab assignment Friday night with Class A Aberdeen.


Baltimore’s Cole Irvin (0-1) takes on New York’s Nestor Cortes (1-0) on Saturday night in a matchup of lefties.

Ohtani homers twice, including career longest at 459 feet, Angels beat White Sox 12-5

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CHICAGO (AP) Shohei Ohtani homered in consecutive innings, including a 459-foot drive that was the longest of his Major League Baseball career, and drove in four runs to lead the Los Angeles Angels over the Chicago White Sox 12-5 Wednesday.

Mike Trout put the Angels ahead 2-0 with a 476-foot home run in the first that was four rows shy of clearing the left field bleachers. Taylor Ward also went deep as the Angels hit four two-run homers plus a solo shot.

“Those are the guys you lean on,” manager Phil Nevin said. “They can certainly put the team on their backs and carry us and that’s what they did today.”

Ohtani drove a first-pitch fastball from Lance Lynn (4-6) just to left of straightaway center in the third, where the ball was dropped by a fan who tried to glove it. That 425-foot drive put the Angels ahead 4-1.

Lynn didn’t even bother to turn and look when Ohtani hit a full count fastball more than a dozen rows over the bullpen in right-center in the fourth. The two-way Japanese star is batting .269 with 15 homers and 38 RBIs to go along with a 5-1 record and 2.91 ERA.

“I’m feeling good right now,” Ohtani said through a translator. “I’m putting good swings on pitches I should be hitting hard.”

Ohtani increased his career total to 13 multihomer games with his first this season.

Trout pulled a hanging curve for his 13th home run. Ward hit a two-run homer against Jesse Scholtens in the seventh and Chad Wallach, pinch hitting for Ohtani, had a solo homer in the ninth off Garrett Crochet.

“Usually when that happens, we’re in a good spot to win,” Trout said.

Trout and Ohtani have homered in the same game for the fifth time this season. The Angels hit a pair of 450-foot or more home runs in the same game for the first time since Statcast started tracking in 2015.

Lynn allowed eight runs, eight hits and two walks while hitting two batters in four innings, raising his ERA to 6.55. He has given up 15 home runs, one short of the major league high of Kansas City’s Jordan Lyles. Lynn had won his previous three starts.

“It seemed like he didn’t get away with any today,” manager Pedro Grifol said. “Just one of those days, man.”

Jaime Barria (2-2) gave up one run and four hits in five innings with six strikeouts and two walks.

Los Angeles won two of three from the White Sox after being swept by Miami last weekend.

Jake Burger homered for Chicago, which has lost four of five. Burger hit his 11th homer in the ninth and Hanser Alberto had a two run double off Tucker Davidson.

Chicago’s Romy Gonzalez, who’d homered in three straight games, went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts.


Twenty-three people became naturalized U.S. citizens during a pregame swearing-in behind home plate.


Angels: Trout fouled a pitch off his right leg in the fourth but remained in the game.

White Sox: INF Elvis Andrus (strained left oblique) and RHP Mike Clevinger (right wrist inflammation) are close to returning but Grifol wouldn’t elaborate on either player’s status.


Angels: Reid Detmers (0-4, 4.93) starts Thursday’s series opener at Houston against fellow LHP Framber Valdez (5-4, 2.38).

White Sox: Have not announced a starter for Friday’s series opener against visiting Detroit, which starts RHP Reese Olson in his major league debut. Olson is 2-3 with a 6.38 ERA in 10 starts at Triple-A Toledo.

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