posted on Jul, 11 2004 @ 04:39 PM
NEW YORK (AP) Back in the big leagues, Orlando Hernandez began baffling hitters again.
The Cuban right-hander with the deceptive delivery reintroduced himself to the Yankees on Sunday, pitching New York to a 10-3 victory over the Tampa
Bay Devil Rays and a four-game sweep.
Tony Clark hit two of New York's five homers, and Jorge Posada homered and drove in two runs before leaving with a sprained ankle. Hideki Matsui and
Gary Sheffield also connected.
Making a surprise start in place of an ailing Mike Mussina, Hernandez (1-0) held the Devil Rays to two runs and five hits over five innings in his
first major league appearance since 2002. He struck out five and walked three, throwing 51 of his 88 pitches for strikes.
Socks pulled high, knee kicking all the way to his chin, El Duque even flashed some of his old magic, tossing up a near-eephus pitch to Toby Hall in
the second inning and getting him on a soft fly to left to end the inning.
It was far from a dominating performance - but not bad for a guy who missed all of last season due to shoulder surgery. He earned his first major
league win since Sept. 5, 2002, against Detroit.