May 4, 1997 |
Mike Mussina was hoping to get a victory to go along with his new contract, but Jason Giambi had other ideas. Giambi's two-run home run off Randy Myers with two out in the ninth inning Saturday gave the Oakland Athletics to a 4-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. Myers (0-1) was 11 for 11 in save opportunities this season before blowing this one after getting two outs. Damon Mashore doubled and Giambi hit an 0-and-1 pitch over the center-field wall for his fourth homer.
May 14, 1997 |
Though Mike Mussina had far from his best stuff, he still managed to uphold his part of the pitching trio that has helped give the Baltimore Orioles the best record in the American League. Mussina (5-1) gave up three runs and six hits in six innings and B.J. Surhoff had a two-run homer and a two-run double as the Orioles beat the Oakland Athletics, 7-3. Mussina was pitching one day after Jimmy Key defeated the A's, and two days after Scott Erickson won at Seattle. Key is 7-0 and Erickson is 6-1.
August 22, 2000 |
Mike Mussina is still Mike Mussina. Sometimes. On Monday he gave up only an unearned run in seven innings to win for only the second time in eight starts for the Baltimore Orioles, who beat the Kansas City Royals, 2-1, at Baltimore. Brook Fordyce singled in a run and scored one for the Orioles. Mussina (8-13), who won 18 games and finished second in the Cy Young Award balloting last season, was 1-6 since July 7. "It's been a tough year, not just for myself but for the whole club," he said.
April 18, 1998 |
Mike Mussina: Medicine Man? "I'm learning a lot about medicine," Mike Mussina told reporters the other day in Baltimore. "I might take it up when I retire." The Orioles' pitcher has a wart--and for those of you eating breakfast, we'll leave it at that. Nevertheless, it is a problem, because the wart is on the finger of his pitching hand. It could force him off the mound for a bit. Yes, it's annoying. Yes, it's gross.
September 3, 2001 |
Mike Mussina was one strike away. Then, he lost it. Mussina's bid for the first perfect game in the 89-year history of Fenway Park was broken up with two out in the bottom of the ninth by pinch-hitter Carl Everett's single Sunday night in the New York Yankees' 1-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox. "Yeah, I was disappointed," Mussina said. "I'm still disappointed. That's the second time I've been to the ninth and I didn't get it either time. So it's probably not meant to be."
April 17, 1998 |
Rookie Jeff Abbott homered twice and Mike Sirotka pitched his first complete game in the majors as the Chicago White Sox won their first series of the season by defeating Baltimore, 8-2, Thursday at Baltimore. Albert Belle and Ray Durham also homered for the White Sox, who connected three times against Mike Mussina (2-2). Abbott and Belle hit successive 400-foot shots in the fifth inning to give Chicago a 5-0 lead. It was Belle's first homer.
May 3, 1998 |
The Baltimore Orioles, eager to right a pitching staff that has struggled over the past two weeks, activated staff ace Mike Mussina off the disabled list Saturday. Mussina, who owns the best winning percentage among active pitchers, will start today against the Minnesota Twins. The right-hander had been sidelined since April 17 because of a wart on his right index finger.
June 14, 2007 |
Yankees Manager Joe Torre knew exactly what to do after he lifted Mike Mussina in the eighth inning Wednesday night. "I said, 'I got you tired this time,' " Torre recalled, "and he had a little smile on his face." Mussina earned his first win in more than a month, Alex Rodriguez hit his major league-leading 25th homer and New York beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 7-2, to extend its season-high winning streak to eight.
October 4, 1996 |
The Baltimore Orioles received matching 6 2/3-inning performances from starting pitchers David Wells and Scott Erickson in the first two games, and now they go for a three-game sweep with 19-game winner Mike Mussina pitching Game 3 today at Jacobs Field in Cleveland. The Indians hammered Mussina twice during the regular season. He was 0-2 with a 14.81 earned-run average against them. "The times I pitched against them I wasn't throwing well," said Mussina, 2-6 with a 5.
April 18, 1997 |
The New York Yankees keep getting burned by a bad bullpen. The Yankees watched their relief corps fail again, losing their fifth consecutive game, 5-4, Thursday to the Milwaukee Brewers when reliever David Weathers walked John Jaha with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the ninth inning at Milwaukee.