Thursday, April 9, 2009

Uehara impressive in major league debut

Koji Uehara allowed one run on five hits in five innings pitched and earned his first major league victory on Wednesday night as the Orioles defeated the Yankees 7-5. Uehara didn't exhibit pinpoint control with all of his pitches, but he walked only one batter and certainly outpitched Yankees' starter Chien-Ming Wang (3.2 IP, 9 hits, 7 ER, 0 Ks).

Uehara was pleased with his performance: "I'm real happy. Right before the game, I was a little bit hyper, but right now I'm calm."

A comfortable lead evaporated in the ninth inning after Dennis Sarfate allowed a two-run homer to Derek Jeter to cut the Yankees' deficit to three. But George Sherrill recorded the final out (after giving up an RBI double to Mark Teixeira) to pick up his first save of the season.

Nick Markakis paced the Orioles' offensive attack with three hits, including a two-run home run and an RBI double.

The Orioles go for a three-game sweep today in an afternoon game as A.J. Burnett squares off against the surprising Alfredo Simon, who had an impressive spring.

AP Photo/Alex Brandon

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