video thumbnail

CLE@BAL: Gonzalez fans nine for sixth win

What a difference a series can make.

The Yankees left Baltimore on Sunday after being swept in three games by the O's, and having lost six of their previous seven games.

Now, they'll host the Orioles after a four-game sweep of the Twins put the Yankees back in the win column. The Yankees outscored the Twins by a combined score of 29-14.

They'll look to Ivan Nova on Friday to continue the team's winning ways in the month of July. Nova, who is 2-2 with a 4.63 ERA this season, is filling in for Hiroki Kuroda (hip flexor).

Nova's last outing came against the Orioles in Baltimore on June 29, when he came on in relief and gave up two runs on six hits over 5 2/3 innings.

The Orioles will counter with Miguel Gonzalez, who will pitch on two extra days of rest.

In two starts versus the Yankees this season, Gonzalez has allowed five runs (four earned) in 13 innings. The Yankees' collective batting line against him is .217/.308/.261 in 53 plate appearances.

"The advantage is, I face a lot of lefties and my offspeed works pretty well against them," Gonzalez said of facing the Yankees often. "And mixing in pitches, I think, just helps me out a little bit more."

He lost his only start at Yankee Stadium this season, after he walked five batters and struck out four in six innings of two-run ball. He said it's critical to have fun and remain confident when pitching in a ballpark like Yankee Stadium.

"Being in crowds like that, I've done it in the past in Mexico and stuff like that. So, try to block all that stuff out and just go out there and have fun," Gonzalez said. "I think that's the most important thing, having that confidence against a team that you face a lot during the season. It makes it a little bit easier to pitch against guys like that."

Orioles: Live and die by the big fly
The Orioles, who lost to the White Sox on a walk-off solo homer by Adam Dunn on Thursday, have surrendered more home runs (117) than any team in baseball.

The Orioles' offense has collectively hit 117 homers through 86 games, the most in the Majors. Chris Davis leads the league in long balls, with 32.

Yankees: Cervelli has stress reaction in elbow
Catcher Francisco Cervelli suffered a setback as he attempted to recover from a fractured right hand suffered in April.

The Yankees will now shut him down for two weeks after it was discovered Wednesday that he has a stress reaction in his right elbow.

"It's an old stress reaction, they believe, and we had to shut him down two weeks," manager Joe Girardi said. "It's not what we want, but we're dealing with it."

He's played in just 17 games this season, with Chris Stewart and rookie Austin Romine splitting time behind the dish in his absence.

Worth noting
• Yankees infielder Eduardo Nunez (strained left oblique) has moved up to Double-A Trenton on his rehab stint.

• Davis is 6-for-16 with two home runs in his career against Nova, while right fielder Nick Markakis is 10-for-25 and catcher Matt Wieters is 9-for-21 with three homers.

• The only Yankees hitter with at least 10 career at-bats against Gonzalez is Robinson Cano, who is 2-for-12 lifetime off the right-hander. Comments