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Orioles Vs. Yankees

Mon., Oct. 7, 1996, midnight


Game 1, Tuesday at Yankee Stadium (5:07 p.m., NBC); Game 2, Wednesday at Yankee Stadium (1:07 p.m., NBC); Game 3, Friday at Camden Yards (5:07 p.m., NBC); Game 4, Saturday at Camden Yards (4:37 p.m., NBC); Game 5 (if necessary), Sunday at Camden Yards (1:07 p.m., NBC); Game 6 (if necessary), Tuesday, Oct. 15 at Yankee Stadium (5:07 p.m., NBC); Game 7 (if necessary), Wednesday, Oct. 16 at Yankee Stadium (5:07 p.m., NBC).

Season Series: New York won, 10-3.


Orioles: Teams played some thrilling games this year, including longest nine-inning game (4 hours, 21 minutes) in baseball history on April 30… . After trimming Yankees’ lead from 12-1/2 games to 2-1/2, Orioles went to Yankee Stadium for critical three-game series in mid-September down four games and dropped two of three… . Orioles were 1-6 vs. Yankees in games decided by two runs or fewer… . The most powerful lineup in baseball history (record 257 regular-season homers) hit 12 in 13 games against Yankees pitchers… . Cal Ripken batted .345 with two homers and 11 RBIs… . Brady Anderson, who hit 50 homers in the regular season, hit three vs. New York but batted only .200 (10-for-50). Had four of club’s eight steals… . Mike Mussina went 0-3 with 6.32 in three starts… . Left-hander David Wells was only starter to earn victory (June 30)… . Scott Erickson, team’s most effective pitcher down stretch, was 0-2 with 1.96 ERA in three starts. … Armando Benitez, used in big spots in playoff opener vs. Cleveland, pitched just two-thirds of an inning.

Yankees: The April 30 early-morning win at Camden Yards moved them into first place for first time this season, and they never gave it up… . Swept four-game series in Baltimore after All-Star break to open a 10-game lead in A.L. East. Closer John Wetteland earned save in each win… . New York was 6-0 at Camden Yards this season… . Bernie Williams had team-best .367 average with four homers and 13 walks… . Andy Pettitte went 3-0 with 3.76 ERA in three starts. He beat Mussina with seven shutout innings on June 29, and pitched three scoreless innings of relief for win in 11-6, 15-inning victory one night after getting no-decision in the team’s nine-inning marathon… . Middle reliever Jeff Nelson picked up two of his four victories vs. O’s… . Mariano Rivera, virtually unhittable all season, had two of his three regular season losses in six appearances. The two-run ninth-inning homer he allowed to Rafael Palmeiro on June 28 was the first off him since September 1995… . Limited to 59 games because of injuries, leadoff man Tim Raines appeared in only three games.

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