New York went 5-1 on its road trip, but remains 1 1/2 games behind Cleveland in the wild-card race and 1 1/2 games back of first-place Boston in the AL East.
“We’ve been playing good for a while,” said Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, who hit a solo homer in Sunday’s 6-5 loss to Toronto. “Hopefully, we can continue to do it when we get home.”
New York will close out its home season with a three-game set against Toronto this weekend before heading out on the road to face Baltimore and Boston.
Wright isn’t sure if he’ll be able to make his next scheduled start, which would be next weekend at home against Toronto.
“It’s sore and tight. It’s kind of throbbing,” he said. “It hit right on the bone on the back of the elbow.”
First baseman Jason Giambi also departed in the fourth inning because of back spasms. Giambi plans to play Monday night against Baltimore.
The Orioles limp into Yankee Stadium having lost three of their last four games. Baltimore lost to Tampa Bay 6-5 on Sunday. Interim manager Sam Perlozzo didn’t feel the need to raise his voice or single anyone out during a postgame meeting that followed another frustrating loss, one that included a dugout squabble.
Perlozzo wanted just to make one point: Lackluster play will not be tolerated.
“We’re better than we’re playing; we just need to concentrate a little more,” said Perlozzo, who has led Baltimore to a 19-22 record since replacing Lee Mazzilli on Aug. 4. “It’s not OK not to execute. … As a team, I told them it’s not going to happen next year. It’s not acceptable.”
Orioles starter Daniel Cabrera allowed four runs—three earned—six hits and five walks in six innings and Cabrera appeared to get into a dugout argument with Miguel Tejada after leaving the game. The pitcher and Perlozzo downplayed any friction.
“Anything that happens in the dugout, that’s where it stays,” Cabrera said.
“Everything’s cool,” Perlozzo said.