The postponement of Thursday's Yankees-Indians game doesn't change an important fact for the Orioles in regard to their upcoming weekend series against the Yankees: They still have to go up against CC Sabathia.
The powerful lefty, who was slated to pitch in Friday's series opener and will still do so after Thursday's rainout, enters the series with a career 16-4 mark against the Orioles. He also has a 3.12 career ERA against Baltimore, and has struck out 6.7 hitters per nine innings.
The Yankees have won three in a row, with the last two games of their four-game set in Cleveland postponed because of inclement weather. They won the final game of their weekend series against Detroit after dropping the first two.
Baltimore won back-to-back games to finish its midweek series against Boston after dropping three straight.
Sabathia will square off against Orioles' righty Miguel Gonzalez, who began building off a strong rookie campaign with a quality start in his first outing of 2013. Gonzalez went 6 1/3 against the Rays, allowing two earned runs and earning the win last Thursday.
"That's a good outing," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "That's a good start for him."
Baltimore will need another one against Sabathia, a six-time All-Star who won the American League Cy Young Award in 2007. He had a 2.69 ERA at Yankee Stadium last year, though his lone loss of 2013 came in the Bronx. He pitched considerably better in his second outing, blanking the Tigers over seven strong frames.
"[Sabathia] pitched really good," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "He threw other stuff in fastball counts, made good pitches, 3-2 changeups, backdoor breaking balls. He pitched really good."
Sabathia didn't allow a runner to reach third base in that game, using his fastball and changeup to limit Detroit's formidable order to just four hits.
Yankees: Cano cruising to extra bases
Second baseman Robinson Cano is enjoying a successful stretch, going 7-for-his-last-10 with six runs, three doubles, three home runs, seven RBIs and one walk.
He has three extra-base hits in back-to-back games, becoming the first Major Leaguer to accomplish that feat since he did it himself from Sept. 15-16 of last year.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, no Major Leaguer since 1900 has had three consecutive games with three or more extra-base hits. Cano is the only player of the modern era with two such two-game streaks; the only other Yankee to ever record back-to-back games with three-plus extra-base hits was Lou Gehrig, from June 18-19, 1936.
Orioles: Jones flying high
His teammate Chris Davis has received a lot of the early attention, but center fielder Adam Jones has hit safely in each of Baltimore's nine games after going 2-for-5 with two RBIs on Thursday. He has six multihit games and has hit in 10 straight games dating back to 2012.
• Chris Dickerson made his Orioles debut on Wednesday as a pinch-runner, then got the start in right field on Thursday. He went 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout against the Red Sox.
• Baltimore has four home runs this year of the three-run or grand slam variety.
• The Yankees, who after the series with the Orioles play their first Interleague series of the year, against the visiting D-backs, will play 19 of their next 32 games at home.