ORIOLES 6, YANKEES 6
at Tampa, Fla.
Friday, April 2
Orioles at the plate: Robert Andino hit a go-ahead two-run single with two outs in the seventh inning to give the Orioles a 6-4 lead. Earlier in the inning, the O's tied the game on an error by Yankees second baseman Justin Snyder. Miguel Tejada and Matt Wieters both finished 2-for-4 at the plate.
Yankees at the plate: Nick Swisher gave the Yankees an early cushion with a two-run homer to left field in the first inning. The Yankees had first taken the lead earlier in the inning, on RBI hits by Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano. Randy Winn's second hit was a game-tying single with two outs in the ninth inning. Mark Teixeira, who also recorded two hits, capped his Grapefruit League with a .362 average
Orioles on the mound: Alfredo Simon, who is expected to begin the season in Triple-A Norfolk's rotation, allowed four runs in the first inning, then settled down to pitch three shutout innings. Ross Wolf followed Simon to the mound and threw two scoreless innings of his own.
Yankees on the mound: Making just his second start of the Grapefruit League season due to multiple rainouts, Andy Pettitte scattered seven hits over 4 1/3 scoreless innings. Mariano Rivera, battling a cold and a case of allergies, allowed three unearned runs in the sixth.
Worth noting: Yankees designated hitter Nick Johnson left the game in the first inning after fouling a ball off his right kneecap. He suffered a bruised knee and is day-to-day. ... Julio Lugo, who entered as a defensive replacement at shortstop in the sixth, made his Orioles debut.
Grapefruit League standings: Orioles 11-17-1; Yankees 13-15-1
Up next: Lefty Brian Matusz will make one last Grapefruit League start against the Mets on Saturday, before beginning a potential AL Rookie of the Year campaign in Baltimore. Matusz, who has posted a 3.10 ERA in five spring outings to date, will start opposite lefty Oliver Perez in a 1:05 p.m. ET game at Ed Smith Stadium.
The Grapefruit League schedule is now complete for the Yankees, who have just one final game in Tampa -- Saturday's 1:05 p.m. exhibition against the Future Stars, a collection of their own prospects. The Yankees will put their starting nine on the field for the beginning of the game, with Javier Vazquez on the mound. Then, after the final out, they will pile on a Boston-bound jet in anticipation of Sunday night's opener against the Red Sox.
Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.