The champagne was on ice, plastic shields were in place above the cubicles in the Baltimore clubhouse and couches
were removed to accommodate a celebration 15 years in the making.
Russell Martin hit a three-run homer, Eric Chavez added a two-run shot and the New York Yankees maintained their
one-game lead atop the AL East by beating the Toronto Blue Jays 11-4 on Friday night.
Chris Tillman already has more wins in 2012 than the combined total over his first three years in the big leagues.
The Baltimore Orioles ended a successful road trip with a wasted opportunity to climb into a tie for the AL East lead.
After rallying late, Boston fell to its fourth straight loss as Jim Thome hit a tiebreaking RBI double off struggling reliever Alfredo Aceves in the 12th that helped send the Orioles to their 16th straight extra-inning win.
Matt Wieters drove in three runs, Miguel Gonzalez pitched 6 1-3 solid innings and the Baltimore Orioles remained one game behind the first-place New York Yankees in the AL East with a 4-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on Friday night.
The New York Yankees escaped from Camden Yards with their lead in the AL East intact, and as a bonus, slugger Curtis Granderson worked his way out of an annoying slump.
Alex Rodriguez hit his 300th home run with the Yankees, Russell Martin and Steve Pearce also homered, and New York regained sole possession of first place in the AL East by defeating the Baltimore Orioles 8-5 on Friday night.
Mark Reynolds hit two of Baltimore’s season-high six home runs _ three in a wild eighth inning _ and the Orioles climbed back into a first-place tie with the Yankees in the AL East by defeating New York 10-6 Thursday night before a euphoric sellout crowd at Camden Yards.
Alex Rodriguez will be waiting for the scuffling New York Yankees when they arrive in Florida for a big series against the Tampa Bay Rays.