Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/1/12

NEW YORK -- Buck Showalter didn't want to make a big deal of his 1,000th career managerial victory. But he couldn't stop his Baltimore Orioles players from making him a part of their celebration.

Brian Matusz pitched 6 1/3 efficient innings, the Orioles broke open a close game by scoring three runs-all with two outs-in the sixth inning and Showalter recorded his 1,000th win as the Orioles beat the New York Yankees, 7-1, in front of 37,790 at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday.

Showalter's record is 1,000-958 all-time.

"I remember all the losses, too," Showalter said. "It's about the players. It always has been. The significance is we won a game and we're trying to get closer to doing something good for our fans in Baltimore."

After Luis Ayala retired Derek Jeter on a groundout to end the game, the Orioles coaxed Showalter out of the dugout and presented him the game ball as they gathered around him at home plate.

Later, the team toasted Showalter with champagne in the clubhouse.

Showalter's milestone victory came a little more than 20 years after he recorded his first victory with the Yankees at the old Yankee Stadium on April 7, 1992-one day after Camden Yards, his current home park, opened.

"I'm not going to talk about circle of life, all that stuff," Showalter said with a laugh. "I'd be less than frank if I didn't think about it a little bit. Mr. Steinbrenner gave me a great opportunity."

J.J. Hardy hit a two-run homer in the third inning to give the Orioles the lead for good. Chris Davis had three hits, including a solo homer. Matusz snapped a 12-decision losing streak dating back to last June by allowing one run on six hits and one walk with four strikeouts.

The Orioles put the game away after Phil Hughes walked Matt Wieters with two outs and nobody on in the sixth. New York manager Joe Girardi pulled Hughes for left-hander Boone Logan, who walked Davis and gave up an RBI single to Wilson Betemit.

Nick Johnson, without a hit in his first 28 at-bats of the season, lofted a fly to left, but Eduardo Nunez -- making just his second career start in left field and his third appearance overall -- misplayed the ball into a two-base error as Davis and Betemit scored to make it 6-1.

Johnson snapped his 0-for-29 streak with an RBI double in the eighth.

The Yankees took a 1-0 lead on Curtis Granderson's homer in the first but did little else against Matusz, who worked out of a two-on, one-out jam in the third. Darren O'Day stranded the bases loaded in the seventh by getting Alex Rodriguez to popout.

"It was huge being able to get in a groove and to be able to get out of a jam, especially coming off scoring a few runs like that," Matusz said.

Jeter finished 3-for-5 for the Yankees, raising his average to .400. Hughes lasted 5 2/3 innings and allowed four runs on four hits while walking one and striking out six. While it was the best start of the year for Hughes, it didn't do much to solidify his spot in the rotation with Andy Pettitte scheduled to return later this month. Hughes has a 6.27 ERA in his last 19 starts, including a 7.48 mark in 2011.

"I really just want him to focus on what he needs to do as opposed to focusing on who's lingering," Girardi said Tuesday afternoon.

NOTES: Pettitte appeared at Roger Clemens' perjury trial in Washington, D.C., and testified about his HGH usage and the conversations he had with Clemens about HGH. Girardi said he didn't think Pettitte was distracted by his imminent appearance on the stand when he allowed six runs in 5 2/3 innings in an extended spring training game Monday but admitted, "I'm sure it was on his mind. I don't know how it wouldn't." ... Girardi said right-hander Michael Pineda's season-ending right shoulder surgery went well. ... Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher is still expected to miss the remainder of the week with a strained left hamstring. ... Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold was diagnosed with a bulging disk in his back by team doctors in Baltimore, but manager Buck Showalter said he was hopeful Reimold would rejoin the team for this weekend's series in Boston. ... Showalter said left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada had one more test to undergo before Dr. Lewis Yocum recommends a course of action for Wada, who has a partially torn ligament in his left elbow.

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