Quite frankly, Joe, that was ugly.
On a day of high hopes—the day of A-Rod's return—the Yankees needed all the help they could get.
Tuesday's game against the Orioles began with Mike Mussina being replaced by former Princeton standout, Ross Ohlendorf, after two-thirds of an inning in which Moose gave up seven runs (one earned).
The Yankees gave up two more runs in the second, then lost Derek Jeter in the third when he was hit in the hand by a Daniel Cabrera fastball. X-rays were negative, and Jeter is day-to-day.
Later, in the sixth, after seeing how ugly the game was already, and realizing there wasn't anything better to do, LaTroy Hawkins decided to throw fastballs at Luke Scott's head in his attempt to avenge Jeter's injury.
As you would probably expect from this stellar Yankee pitching staff, Hawkins missed with both pitches.
Both benches cleared, but when the O's saw Giambi with his jersey off and his gold thong sticking out the top of his pants, they decided to back off. No punches were thrown.
A-Rod would later homer, and Giambi ended up going 2-3 (I wonder why), but the Yankees still ended up losing 12-2 to the surging Orioles.
The Yanks play Baltimore again on Wednesday. The game starts at 7:05, which gives the Yankees about 20 hours to find whatever else is buried at Yankee Stadium before the whole team starts wearing sparkly lingerie.