1:05 PM ET, April 7, 2007
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
• Summary: The second of Alex Rodriguez's two home runs came in the most clutch of fashions -- with two outs in the bottom of the 9th and the Yankees trailing 7-6. His second long ball of the game secured the Yankees' comeback win.
• Unsung hero: After a horrendous start to the major league career of Yankees starting pitcher Kei Igawa, the New York bullpen gave up just one hit and no runs in four innings of relief.
• Quotable: "It felt awesome," Rodriguez said. "I was so excited, I felt like a fool running around the bases, like it was Little League."
• Figure this: A-Rod has 14 slams and three of them ended games, tying the major league mark shared by Vern Stephens (1946, 1949, 1950) and Cy Williams (1924 and twice in 1926).
• Elias Says: This was only the third time in big league history that a player had hit a first-inning homer and a walkoff grand-slam homer in the same game -- and while all other players in major league history have combined to do that just once, A-Rod has done it twice!
-- ESPN.com news services
Yankees 10, Orioles 7
Coming into the season, the Yankees starting rotation had many questions. The first week of the season has seen very few answers, including Saturday's American debut by Kei Igawa.
|Combined ERA: 9.87|
Hideki Matsui strained his left hamstring running out a second-inning grounder and left in the fourth. Torre said he probably wouldn't play until Friday in Oakland. Johnny Damon still recovering from a strained right calf, pinch hit in the eighth and struck out, then went to center. ... Steve Trachsel, making his debut with the Orioles after six seasons with the New York Mets, gave up four hits in 6 2/3 innings, allowing his only runs on A-Rod's first homer and Jorge Posada's RBI single in the fourth.
Regular Season Series
|Series tied 9-9 (as of Sat 4/7)|
|Fri 4/6||BAL 6, @NYY 4||Recap|
|» Sat 4/7||@NYY 10, BAL 7||Box Score|
|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||Recap|
|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|
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|1st||N Markakis homered to left.||1||0|
|1st||A Rodriguez homered to left, B Abreu scored.||1||2|
|2nd||B Roberts walked, A Huff scored, K Millar to third, C Patterson to second.||2||2|
|2nd||M Mora doubled to right, K Millar, C Patterson and B Roberts scored.||5||2|
|4th||M Mora homered to left, B Roberts scored.||7||2|
|4th||J Posada singled to deep right, A Rodriguez scored, J Giambi to third.||7||3|
|8th||J Giambi homered to right, B Abreu and A Rodriguez scored.||7||6|
|9th||A Rodriguez homered to center, R Cano, D Jeter and B Abreu scored.||7||10|
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|Stadium||Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY|
|Attendance||50,510 (100.4% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||39 degrees, partly cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Ed Montague, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Marvin Hudson|