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Yanks Top O’s as Bouton Twirl’s 2-Hitter

May 12, 1963 - The New York Yankees ended an arduous two-week transcontinental tour on a triumphant note today when, behind a superb two-hit pitching effort by Jim Bouton, they brought down the Baltimore Orioles, 2-0. That achievement gave Ralph Houk’s world champions the series in Baltimore, 2-1; brought considerable grief to a gathering of 23,435; and enabled the Yanks to wind up their first extended trip of the season with a record of 6-7. Bouton — pressed into service as a starter after some brilliant relief work this spring — not only tossed a shutout for his third victory of the year, but he had a perfect game going for six and a third innings. Bouton said it was his best game in the majors and that he had pitched three no-hitters as a kid. “I sure wanted to get this one today, particularly after Richardson made that great catch. It was the greatest catch I ever saw, and I wanted to make it stand up.” Bobby Richardson had used his golden glove on Luis Aparicio at the start of the seventh. Luis hit a fly to short right, and it seemed certain to fall safe. But Richardson went racing back and took the ball as he careened toward the turf. The crowd gave him a big hand.

In again keeping Roger Maris out of the starting lineup, manager Ralph Houk is following a determined plan to play Roger only every other day until absolutely certain his ailing leg is completely healed. After the game, the Yankee skipper said Maris will probably return to the lineup Tuesday night against the Twins at home, even if lefthander Dick Stigman starts.

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