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After New York took a 1-0 lead on a sacrifice fly by Johnny Damon in the top half, Baltimore went up 3-1. Izturis singled, Roberts walked and Jones followed with a triple to right before Nick Markakis hit a sacrifice fly.
Damon hit a two-out triple in the fifth and Teixeira walked before Matsui popped out.
In the bottom half, a double by Roberts and infield hits by Jones and Markakis produced a run. Melvin Mora then got an infield hit and Huff hit an RBI grounder before Sabathia issued an intentional walk to Ty Wigginton to load the bases. Sabathia then walked Luke Scott to force in a run, ending his afternoon.
Posada homered leading off the sixth, and later in the inning Xavier Nady doubled in a run.
A two-run homer by Matsui in the seventh off Chris Ray made it 6-5. In the New York eighth, with runners at the corners and two outs, Jim Johnson retired Teixeira on a grounder.
Izturis, signed as a free agent over the winter for his glove at shortstop, homered off Phil Coke in the eighth before Huff added a two-run double off Damaso Marte. Izturis hit one home run last year with St. Louis.
Notes: It was the fifth time in 251 career starts that Sabathia did not get a strikeout. ... Baltimore is 3-0 in openers against the Yankees. ... Nick Swisher got a pinch-hit double in his New York debut. ... Sabathia had been 5-0 lifetime against the Orioles.
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