The good feelings from the home opener, complete with a Core Four reunion and a big hit by Derek Jeter, gave way to an afternoon to forget for the Yankees.
Lousy starting pitching. Suspect work out of the bullpen. An infield considered before the season to be the club's weakest link playing like it.
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It all swirled together on an overcast day in the Bronx to produce an ugly 14-5 loss to the Orioles in front of 35,864 at the Stadium.
"Today just wasn't a good day all the way around," catcher Brian McCann said. "We just didn't play well."
Baltimore did, pounding out 20 hits, which included homers by Adam Jones, Delmon Young and Matt Wieters. Young, Steve Lombardozzi and Ryan Flaherty each had three hits.
Ivan Nova settled down after a ragged start in his first outing of the season Thursday in Houston, but he had no such luck Tuesday. The 27-year-old righthander, whose trademark of his Yankees career has been inconsistency, was removed after allowing seven runs and 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings. Lefty Vidal Nuno, who had two scoreless outings previously, allowed four runs in the sixth inning and three in the eighth, which made it 14-4.
"It's important if he wants to go to the next level as a pitcher," Joe Girardi said of Nova's finding a degree of consistency. "That's something I think he's more than capable of doing. He didn't have his good stuff in Houston, he found a way to get through it. Today, he didn't have his good stuff, and he couldn't get through it. We need to get him back on track."
The Yankees (4-4) did have 13 hits, three from Jacoby Ellsbury, who is 12-for-22 since Friday, and two each by Alfonso Soriano and rookie Yangervis Solarte. According to Elias Sports Bureau, Solarte is the first player since 1900 with at least six doubles through his first seven career games. He is hitting .458 and slugging .708.
Nine pitches into the game, the Orioles (3-5) led 3-0. Nick Markakis led off with a single and Young followed with a grounder to the shortstop side of second that looked as if it could be the start of a double play. But Jeter looked every bit his 39 years trying to stop it with an awkward dive, the ball skimming under his glove to put runners at the corners with none out.
"He dove, he did everything he could to make the play," Girardi said. "It seemed to get through the infield fairly quickly."
After Chris Davis' sacrifice fly to medium center made it 1-0, Jones cracked Nova's 1-and-1 pitch, a 92-mph fastball, into the net covering Monument Park in centerfield for his first homer of the season.
The Yankees got one run back in the first when Carlos Beltran doubled home Ellsbury, but the Orioles made it 4-1 in the second when Jonathan Schoop, the No. 9 hitter, scorched a grounder past Solarte at third for an RBI double.
Lombardozzi, Flaherty and Schoop -- the Orioles' 7-9 hitters who went a combined 8-for-15 -- singled consecutively with one out to load the bases in the fourth. Markakis' sacrifice fly to center brought in Lombardozzi, and Young's second hit of the game drove in Flaherty.
That was all for Nova, replaced by lefthander Cesar Cabral, promoted from Triple-A earlier in the day to replace closer David Robertson, who went on the disabled list with a groin strain. The first batter Cabral faced, Davis, reached on a single to second that scored Schoop to make it 7-1.
"It wasn't a good day," Nova said. "We have to figure out what's going on."