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Teixeira hit a fly ball in his first at-bat against Alfredo Simon (0-1) to drop to 1-for-10, then homered leading off the third before hitting a single and scoring in the sixth. For the third straight game he was booed by Orioles fans for signing as a free agent with New York instead of accepting an offer from his hometown of Baltimore.
"It doesn't bother me," Teixeira insisted. "Baltimore has passionate fans. It let me know they wished I was an Oriole."
Baltimore went up 1-0 in the third on a RBI single by Brian Roberts, then loaded the bases with two outs. Burnett then struck out cleanup hitter Aubrey Huff on a 3-2 curveball and pumped his fist in delight at ending the 28-pitch inning in positive fashion.
"It was a big pitch, a big out and I was fired up to get out of the jam," Burnett said.
Said Trembley: "I thought that was the one pitch in the game that turned it around in his favor."
Scott's first homer got Baltimore to 3-2 in the bottom half, but New York used four hits and a costly error to pad the cushion in the sixth. After Teixeira chased Simon with a leadoff single, Cano singled off Brian Bass and Swisher singled in a run. Cody Ransom walked to load the bases, and Brett Gardner hit a comebacker to Bass, who threw wildly to the plate, allowing two runs to score.
"It's one of those balls you get caught between underhanded or throw overhanded," Bass said. "I've done it 1,000 times in spring training."
Notes: New York's Ramiro Pena got his first major-league hit in the ninth inning. ... Orioles reliever Chris Ray gave up two runs in the ninth, lifting his ERA to 27.00 compared to 0.00 in spring training. ... Mariano Rivera worked a perfect ninth for the Yankees.
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