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April 8, 2014

Jeter, Yankees beat Orioles 4-2 in homer opener

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Solarte scored New York’s first run, starting the third with a walk after falling behind 0-2. He went 1 for 3, just missing a homer, and is 9 for 20 this season with six RBIs.

The Orioles got the run right back in the fourth when Jones singled, moved to second when Gardner made a leaping catch in foul territory down the line in left on Davis’ popup and scored on Wieters’ single.

Leading 2-1, the Yankees chased Jimenez in the fifth after former Orioles star Brian Roberts walked to load the bases. But Zach Britton entered and walked Kelly Johnson to make it 4-1.

“I let my team down there,” Britton said.

Jimenez yielded four runs and eight hits, walked five and struck out four in his second shaky start since signing a four-year contract in February.

“He was just missing with some pitches,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “It was a cold day, and he was trying to get a feel for the baseball.”

NOTES: The Yankees improved to 14-2 in season openers Jeter played in. ... SS J.J. Hardy was not in the starting lineup for the second straight game because of back spasms. ... Orioles LHP Johan Santana (shoulder surgery) was set to throw a two-inning simulated game. ... Yogi Berra was at Yankee Stadium but did not participate in the pregame ceremony. ... Ellsbury had seven hits in the Yankees’ opening road trip before putting on the home pinstripes.

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