The New York Yankees’ winning streak has come to an end as the Baltimore Orioles have finally gotten a decent one going.
It should be an entertaining weekend at Camden Yards as the Orioles hope to inch closer to first and get past .500 for the first time in over a month.
Baltimore (12-14) is spending the week in the Big Apple, losing twice to the Mets before beginning this four-game series with Thursday’s 4-3 defeat. The Orioles have totaled six runs in the slide, with four solo homers.
Baltimore (12-13) could welcome shortstop J.J. Hardy for his season debut Thursday. Hardy has been out with a strained left shoulder and manager Buck Showalter said it’s possible he could play in the series opener.
Bud Norris looks to become the third pitcher in 101 years to win his first five starts against the New York Yankees in this three-game series finale at Camden Yards.
Sabathia looks to recover from some bad luck in his season opener and win for the first time in seven regular-season outings at Baltimore on Tuesday night.
On the field, Baltimore continues its quest for the best record in the AL as it sends rookie Kevin Gausman (7-7, 3.57 ERA) to the mound opposite Hiroki Kuroda (11-9, 3.77).
The New York Yankees were hoping to gain ground on the AL East leaders in this road series against the Baltimore Orioles but now the best they can do is leave town without losing any.
The Baltimore Orioles have baseball’s most homers while the New York Yankees have surrendered the most in the AL.
The New York Yankees’ offense has picked an inconvenient time to be mired in a slump as the club heads into a prime opportunity to make up ground in the AL East race.
Who knows what’s in store for the Orioles in the final days of the 2013 season, but I do know this the Yankees came to town and ripped a chunk out of our baseball hearts.
With both Yankees manager Joe Girardi and Phillies skipper Charlie Manuel manning the helms of their ball clubs in the final year of their contracts, many wonder if either or both will still be with their respective clubs the next year.