(SportsNetwork.com) – CC Sabathia will look to build off a decent season debut
on Tuesday night when the New York Yankees continue a three-game series with
the Baltimore Orioles.
Limited to just eight starts a season ago due to a knee injury, the 34-year-
old Sabathia was unable to keep the damage to a minimum in a loss to Toronto
on Thursday. He allowed eight hits, all singles, over 5 2/3 innings and was
charged with five runs (4 earned).
Sabathia did not walk a batter while striking out eight.
The left-hander is 18-6 with a 3.34 earned run average in 30 career starts
against the Orioles, including a 10-5 mark and 3.61 ERA in 18 at Camden Yards.
Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez goes for Baltimore after taking a tough-luck 2-0
loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday.
Control was an issue, with Gonzalez walking five batters and allowing three
hits while striking out five. He was charged with a run over his 5 2/3 innings
Gonzalez, 30, is 2-3 in his career versus the Yankees with a 3.88 ERA in 10
The Yankees powered their way to a 6-5 victory in Monday’s opener as Stephen
Drew hit a pinch-hit, go-ahead grand slam in the seventh inning. He came off
the bench to hit for Brett Gardner, who left the game after being hit by a
pitch in the wrist in the first inning.
Chris Young and Mark Teixeira added solo shots as the Yankees won their second
in a row. Michael Pineda was bailed out by the slam in a 6 1/3-inning outing
in which the big right-hander struck out nine but was tagged for five runs on
“They’ve been resilient so far,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of his team.
“We didn’t get off to the start that we wanted. We didn’t play well the first
five games of the season. We played much better the last two.”
Adam Jones continued a red-hot homestand by going 3-for-4 with his third homer
in four games, while Alejandro De Aza and Manny Machado each recorded two hits
and an RBI in the Orioles’ fourth loss in five games.
Wei-Yin Chen had put Baltimore in position for a win by yielding just two runs
and four hits over the first six innings.
“He pitched well, gave us a good chance to win,” Orioles manager Buck
Showalter said of Chen. “More times than not, I like our chances of pitching
those last nine outs.”
Jones has gone 11-for-14 with three homers and seven RBI through the first
four games of Baltimore’s homestand. His blast in the sixth inning was his
92nd career homer at Camden Yards, breaking a tie with Brady Anderson for the
second-most in the park’s history.
The Orioles went 13-6 versus the Yankees last season, winning seven of nine at