- Orioles 12, Yankees 2: On a cold, wet night at Yankee Stadium, fans could not be blamed if they left after the first half-inning of this one. Baltimore got seven runs in its first at-bat -- six of them came after a Derek Jeter throwing error -- and never looked back. Mike Mussina got two outs. Alex Rodriguez, whose first at-bat came with his team down, 9-0, hit a homer in the proverbial garbage time. To clarify, since that phrase describes this entire game, the blast came in the sixth inning. Jeter had to leave the game after being hit on the hand by a Daniel Cabrera pitch, and LaTroy Hawkins earned himself an ejection and got both benches to empty by throwing behind Luke Scott. The Yankees can do no right at this point.
- Braves 6, Mets 1; Braves 6, Mets 2: No matter what Willie Randolph has to say, the Mets didn't need help looking terrible. They made 22 straight outs in the opener, including 17 against former Met Tom Glavine. John Maine, who has been the team's best pitcher this season, didn't have his best stuff and was gone without getting an out in the fifth. The only offense came on a rare homer by Luis Castillo. In the nightcap, the Mets bats went cold against Jorge Campillo, a reliever who started and threw six scoreless innings and struck out seven. Two late runs against Blaine Boyer, a reliever pitching in relief, didn't help. To make things worse, Ryan Church suffered a concussion. That is especially bad news since the productive right fielder also had one in spring training.
- The NBA draft lottery is not rigged. If it were, the Knicks would have won. Instead, Mike D'Antoni, Donnie Walsh and Co., will pick sixth. Chicago had the pingpong balls go its way, with Miami getting the second pick. Those dreams of Derrick Rose playing at the Garden -- think of all the Rose Garden headlines that will never be -- died a quick death with the opening of one envelope Tuesday.
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