"Immediately, like right when I got to third base," Dickerson said. "I didn't hear him at first. I heard something and as I looked at the dugout, he was right there yelling at me from the far end. And I was running off the field, something else was said. And after that it was over."
But not before a red-faced Showalter bolted from the first-base dugout, gesturing angrily and shouting at Girardi before being held at bay by Hickox. Girardi followed from the third-base dugout in calmer fashion as players from both teams spilled onto the field.
"It strikes a chord in me and I stand accused," Showalter said.
Once order was restored — and both benches were issued a warning about any retaliatory measures — television cameras showed Showalter shaking his head and glaring at Girardi from the Orioles dugout.
"Two competitive good teams and we're fighting for the same thing, so there's a small margin for error. ... But Bobby's not giving pitches," Showalter said.
Alex Rodriguez and Lyle Overbay hit home runs for the Yankees. Rodriguez's first-inning blast to right-center was the 652nd of his career, leaving him eight short of tying Willie Mays for fourth place all-time.
CC Sabathia (13-12), who came into the game with an 18-5 career record against the Orioles, yielded four runs — three earned — and seven hits over 7 1-3 innings. He walked two and struck out six.
Tommy Hunter relieved Tillman and struck out the side in the eighth. Jim Johnson got the last three outs for his AL-leading 43rd save.
The Orioles tied it 1-1 in the bottom of the first when Nick Markakis led off with a ground-rule double to center, went to third on Manny Machado's sacrifice and scored on Adam Jones' sacrifice fly.
Baltimore went ahead in the fifth when J.J. Hardy doubled into the left-field corner and advanced to third by beating the relay from first base on Michael Morse's third-to-first groundout. Wieters' sacrifice fly scored Hardy.
Alexi Casilla followed with a single past Rodriguez at third, stole second and came home on Markakis' single.
In the seventh, the Orioles added an insurance run when Machado's 49th double, a two-out poke off the scoreboard in right, scored Wieters from third.
Overbay's homer leading off the eighth chased Tillman.
NOTES: Yankees SS Derek Jeter, sidelined with a sore left ankle, took Monday off from baseball activities and will be re-evaluated Tuesday, said Girardi. ... Rodriguez batted second, his first time in that position in the batting order since Aug. 26, 2006. ... The Yankees reinstated OF Zoilo Almonte (sprained left ankle) from the 15-day DL. He missed 45 games.
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