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Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland Attendance: 26,340
Yankees hope to gain ground in doubleheader vs. Orioles
New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles
- After losing three of four to the Orioles at home from April 5-8, the Yankees swept a rain-shortened two-game set at Camden Yards on June 1 and 2. New York has won 11 of the past 16 meetings overall, while batting .305 with 33 homers and 43 doubles during that span.
- New York took the final two games at Toronto this weekend to win its fourth consecutive series and improve to 8-4 in its last 12 contests. The Yankees continue to be boosted by a bullpen that has a 2.50 ERA with 58 strikeouts and just seven walks over 50.1 innings in that 12-game stretch. They are one of just three teams in the majors (Arizona, Houston) with a bullpen ERA under 3.00 (2.69).
- Baltimore's dismal season continued with yesterday's 10-1 loss at Minnesota to complete a 0-6 road trip. The MLB-worst Orioles have lost 13 of 14 and are 41 game below .500 for the first time since they were 32-73 on Aug. 1, 2010, just prior to Buck Showalter taking over as manager.
- Aaron Judge is slashing .302/.421/.651 with seven homers in his last 16 games. He has hit safely in all seven games this season against the Orioles and is a career .337 hitter with 13 home runs and 29 RBI in 31 meetings. Those 29 RBI are tied for his most against any opponent (Toronto).
- Chris Davis has gone 9-for-43 in his last 11 games to raise his average to .157, his highest since May 27. He has five home runs and 13 RBI in his last 16 games after totaling no homers and two RBI in his previous 16.
- CC Sabathia, who will start the opener of this doubleheader, is 0-3 with a 4.96 ERA in his last eight starts against Baltimore. He allowed three runs over 4.0 innings on April 6 in a game the Orioles eventually won 7-3 in 14 innings. His 11 career wins at Camden Yards are the most of any pitcher who has never played for the Orioles.
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BALTIMORE -- The New York Yankees can make up some ground on the first-place Boston Red Sox with a doubleheader against the struggling Baltimore Orioles on Monday at Camden Yards.
New York trails the Red Sox by two games in the American League East after winning two of three against the Blue Jays over the weekend. The Yankees won't have much time to recover after needing 10 innings to beat Toronto 2-1 on Sunday.
"We've got a busy day tomorrow and a tough week ahead of us," said center fielder Brett Gardner, who the game-winning RBI single in the finale against the Blue Jays. "It's nice that it didn't last too long."
Meanwhile, the Orioles have lost 12 of 13, including a four-game sweep at the hands of the Minnesota Twins this past weekend. Baltimore fell to 24-65, the worst record in the majors.
"It's really tough," Baltimore second baseman Jonathan Schoop said. "It's really tough when you're losing. It's a lot more fun when you're winning. I've been with this team four years already, this is my fifth, and I got used to winning already with this team. So, this year's tough and we've got to pick each other up and keep our heads up and go out there and try to win the game and play hard and believe in ourselves."
Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia (6-3, 3.02 ERA) will start Game 1 of Monday's doubleheader at 4 p.m. Sabathia pitched well in his last outing against the Braves when he allowed two runs over six innings on Wednesday in a 6-2 win.
"I feel good," Sabathia said after tying Hall of Famer Juan Marichal for 55th place on the all-time wins list with 243. "I always feel confident going out and trying to pitch. As long as my body can hold up, I feel like I can go and get outs."
Sabathia did not get a decision in a 7-3 14-inning loss to the Orioles on April 6. He is 19-10 in 42 career starts against Baltimore.
The Orioles will recall Jimmy Yacabonis from Triple-A Norfolk to make the start against the veteran Sabathia. Yacabonis (0-0, 8.53 ERA) has not pitched for the Orioles since June 28 when he allowed two runs over four innings and took the loss in a start against the Seattle Mariners.
He has pitched five career games against the Yankees, allowing seven runs and seven hits over 6 2/3 innings.
New York has a similar scenario for Game 2 as right-hander Luis Cessa (0-1, 5.00 ERA) will be promoted from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to make the spot start.
Cessa has appeared in five games, including one start, for the Yankees this season. He last pitched in the majors June 27 against the Phillies when he took the loss after allowing three runs and five hits over three innings.
Cessa also threw one scoreless inning against Baltimore out of the bullpen on April 7. He is 1-1 with a 4.97 ERA in three career games (two starts) against the Orioles.
Baltimore will also have a young right-hander on the mound for the night cap with Yefry Ramirez (0-2, 2.51) scheduled to make his third career start.
He allowed two runs (one earned) over five innings in his last start against the Phillies on July 4.
"Yefry, he's got my eye," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said about his young pitcher. "He's got a feel for it. He's got a nice demeanor about him. The thing I like about it, he can defend himself against left-handed hitters, and that's what he's got to do up here."
New York could have left-handed closer Aroldis Chapman (left knee) and OF Aaron Hicks (left hamstring) available for the doubleheader in Baltimore. Both players exited Saturday's game with injuries and were held out Sunday.
Updated July 9, 2018