Series: Game 1 of 4

Baltimore leads 1-0 (as of 9/9)

Game 1: Monday, September 9
NY Yankees2Final
Game 2: Tuesday, September 10
NY Yankees7Final
Game 3: Wednesday, September 11
NY Yankees5Final
Game 4: Thursday, September 12
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Yankees 2

(76-68, 32-37 away)

Orioles 4

(77-66, 42-30 home)

    Coverage:  MASN

    7:05 PM ET, September 9, 2013

    Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland 

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    BAL 10002010 - 4 7 0

    W: C. Tillman (16-5)

    L: C. Sabathia (13-12)

    S: J. Johnson (43)

    Yankees-Orioles Preview


    The New York Yankees hope to move ahead of a team they're chasing in the wild-card race, but they may need CC Sabathia to end his struggles in Baltimore to make that happen.

    Sabathia and the Yankees look to snap their longest losing streak in Baltimore in 31 years Monday night when they open a key four-game series against All-Star Chris Tillman and the Orioles.

    New York (76-67), fourth in the AL East, salvaged the finale of its four-game set against first-place Boston on Sunday when Ichiro Suzuki scored on a wild pitch with two outs in the ninth inning for a 4-3 win.

    "We needed it, because we've had some pretty tough games the last couple days," said manager Joe Girardi, whose team could be without Derek Jeter for this series because of soreness in his surgically repaired left ankle.

    While they trail the Red Sox by 10 games in the division, the Yankees are 2 1/2 games back of Tampa Bay -- with Baltimore (76-66) and Cleveland in between -- for the AL's final wild-card spot.

    Now New York has a chance to slide past the Orioles with Sabathia (13-11, 4.86 ERA) on the mound in the opener of a 10-game road trip. The Yankees, however, have dropped five straight in Baltimore, their longest skid since losing nine in a row there between 1981-82.

    Sabathia hasn't been sharp with a 6.88 ERA since July 21, but he's been helped by 30 runs of support in winning four of five starts. He showed improvement in his most recent outing Wednesday, when he yielded three runs and five hits over 7 1/3 innings in a 6-5 win over the White Sox.

    "I feel like I'm getting better," Sabathia told the league's official website. "Like I've said, I'll keep building, keep working and try to help the team win."

    The left-hander hasn't fared well in Baltimore lately, though. He's 0-3 with a 5.97 ERA in his five outings at Camden Yards over the past two seasons.

    Manny Machado (5 for 14) and Nick Markakis (5 for 14) have had success against Sabathia this season, while Alexi Casilla is 16 for 31 lifetime in their matchups.

    Teammate Chris Davis, who leads the majors with 48 home runs, is 4 for 12 with a homer when facing Sabathia this season. The slugger is 9 for 21 with five homers and nine RBIs in six home games against the Yankees.

    After taking three of four from the White Sox to open its homestand, Baltimore looks for its fifth win in six home contests by giving the ball to Tillman (15-5, 3.71).

    The right-hander hopes to bounce back after allowing a season-high five walks and four runs over 5 1/3 innings in a 4-3 loss at Cleveland on Tuesday.

    "As a starter, your goal is to keep it close and see what happens," said Tillman, who had a 2.57 ERA over his previous five starts. "I didn't do that. I've got to be better."

    Tillman hasn't been at his best against the Yankees, either, going 3-4 with a 7.43 ERA in nine career starts. He gave up five runs and 10 hits over 5 1/3 innings in a 5-4 loss at Yankee Stadium on July 6.

    All-Star Robinson Cano is 11 for 22 with two homers against Tillman, while Alex Rodriguez is 4 for 7 with two homers.

    Suzuki, however, is 2 for 16 in this matchup and 3 for 19 at Camden Yards this season.

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    Gameday Matchup

     New YorkBaltimore
    Current StreakW3W2
    Last 105-54-6

    Pitching Matchup

    New YorkBaltimore
    C. Sabathia
    14-13, 4.78 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/20 vs SF
    7.0 IP, 1 ER
    Dec = Win
    C. Tillman
    16-7, 3.71 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/29 vs BOS
    5.0 IP, 4 ER
    Dec = ND

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.New YorkBaltimore
    1. B. Gardner, CF N. Markakis, RF
    2. A. Rodriguez, 3B M. Machado, 3B
    3. R. Cano, 2B A. Jones, CF
    4. A. Soriano, LF C. Davis, 1B
    5. C. Granderson, DH D. Valencia, DH
    6. E. Nunez, SS J. Hardy, SS
    7. L. Overbay, 1B M. Morse, LF
    8. I. Suzuki, RF M. Wieters, C
    9. A. Romine, C A. Casilla, 2B

    Research Notes

    Through the games of August 7, Robinson Cano was hitting .287/.371/.492 - a very good season, if something short of his 2012 heights. But his last month's worth of production has raised his batting average 23 points and his slugging percentage 24 points.
    Alex Rodriguez: 1st HR from the No. 2 spot in the starting lineup in regular season since October 1 2005 vs Tim Wakefield and Red Sox
    Interestingly enough, one of his biggest improvements has come on hitting balls out of the strike zone. Cano has shown an incredible ability to square up balls sometimes well out of the zone over the last month (and throughout his career).

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