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“That was the game,” losing pitcher Ivan Nova said. “I know he tried the best to make the double play, and unfortunately it didn’t work out the way we wanted to.”
After Nick Markakis led off the game with a single, Young followed with a grounder. Many shortstops in the majors could’ve made the play, but the 39-year-old Jeter couldn’t quite get to it, and the ball skipped under his glove for a single.
Chris Davis followed with a sacrifice fly, and Jones hit his first homer of the season for a 3-0 lead. The Orioles chased Nova with a three-run fourth that made it 7-1 and added four more in the sixth.
Everyone in Baltimore’s starting lineup got a hit and scored a run. The Orioles posted their second-highest hit total in the Bronx, eclipsed only by a 22-hit outburst in 1986.
By the late innings, the game took on a spring training feel. The Yankees pulled several starters and the often-demanding crowd didn’t even bother to boo while the Birds ran around the bases.
There was a big cheer, however, when two fans sprinted onto the grass and were tackled in the outfield by a wave of security personnel.
Jones said it was “stupid” for anyone to trespass on the field and said the punishment should be harsh.
“They should let us have a shot to kick ‘em with our metal spikes,” the All-Star center fielder said.
Wei-Yin Chen (1-1) weathered five innings for the win, giving up four runs and nine hits.
Nova (1-1) was tagged for seven runs and 10 hits in 3 2-3 innings.
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