MLB Team Report - New York Yankees - INSIDE PITCH


BALTIMORE -- Brian Roberts did the same thing as LeBron James on Friday -- he came home. Only, the New York second baseman did it in a bit of a different way.

Roberts played in Baltimore for 13 seasons before signing a one-year free-agent deal with the Yankees in the offseason. In his first game back at Oriole Park, Roberts homered on the first pitch he saw from former teammate Miguel Gonzalez in the second inning and finished 1-for-4 as the Orioles edged the Yankees, 3-2, in 10 innings.

Surprisingly, Roberts didn't get a loud ovation in his first at-bat. He played with the Orioles for 13 years, although the second baseman missed much of the past four seasons with injuries.

Still, it was easy to see before the game that it meant something to Roberts to be back in town. He shook hands with many of the local media who dealt with him at times over the 13 years and clearly seemed happy to be back -- saying it was nice to sleep in his own bed Thursday night.

"I've enjoyed every day here," Roberts said. "It's been a great experience for me."

Roberts has settled in as New York's second baseman and so far avoided the injuries that sidelined him so often the past four seasons. He's now played 80 games, more than he played in any of those four years.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the Baltimore fans probably won't forget everything Roberts did for the team during his time in town.

"Brian did a lot of great things here over a long period of time," Showalter said. "Our people are real good about that. They remember the things that Brian did so well for us."

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MLB Team Report - New York Yankees - NOTES, QUOTES


RECORD: 46-46

STREAK: Lost two

NEXT: Yankees (RHP Shane Greene, 1-0, 2.84 ERA) at Orioles (RHP Chris Tillman, 7-4, 4.11 ERA)

PLAYER NOTES:

--RHP Masahiro Tanaka, who has a small tear in his ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow and will be out at least six weeks -- and could be facing Tommy John surgery -- released a statement Friday. He basically apologized for the injury and said he'd push as hard as possible to get back and pitch. "I want to apologize to the Yankees organization, my teammates and our fans for not being able to help during this time," Tanaka said in that statement. "I accept this injury as a challenge, but I promise to do everything I can to overcome this setback and return to the mound as soon as possible."

--LHP Jeff Francis, acquired in a trade with Oakland Friday, will talk with Yankees manager Joe Girardi about his role when arriving this weekend. Girardi said before the series began that he thinks Francis is probably in the 30-40 pitch range right now but will talk to the left-hander to see "what he's been doing recently" because New York needs help in the starting rotation as well as the bullpen.

--2B Brian Roberts returned to Baltimore for the first time since signing with the Yankees in the offseason. He played for the Orioles for the past 13 years, missing a lot of time with injuries the past four seasons, and said before the game that going to the visiting clubhouse was a bit strange. Roberts didn't get a much of an ovation in his first at-bat but then crushed the first pitch he saw for a solo homer -- more cheers came then.

--LHP CC Sabathia was scheduled to see Dr. James Andrews about his injured right knee on Monday but has scrapped that appointment and will see two other doctors. MLB.com is reporting that Sabathia will see Dodgers team doctor Dr. Neal ElAttrache and already saw the Texas team physician.