In a night where the Red Sox and the Rays both lost, giving the Yankees an opportunity to close the gap in the AL East race, they also lost in fashion to division rival Baltimore, 13-4.

Mussina was uncharacteristically off last night, pitching five innings and allowing 8 hits and 6 runs, and two home runs. Dave Robertson had to have his bad outing at some point and it came last night. He only pitched .1 of an inning, and allowed 5 runs to score. Simply put, both were awful last night. Damaso Marte, late of the Pirates, did good, pitching one inning and struck out two batters. Edwar Ramirez continued his pace for a hitless July with an empty frame of 2/3 of an inning pitched.

The Yankees offense must have stuck around in Fenway park as they only got four runs. On the positive side, Xavier Nady got his first Pinstripes homerun, and Johnny Damon hit a 3-run home run to avoid a shut out.

Yankees look to tie the series tonight with Darrell Rasner on the mound. Daniel Cabrera pitches for the O’s. Cabrera had the Yankees’ number last time he faced them, so it’s a 50/50 game — as long as Rasner pitches well and the offense shows up, the Yankees should be able to avoid a three-game losing streak.

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