06/09/10 1:34 AM ET
Orioles look to reverse trend vs. CC
By Tim Britton / MLB.com
In just the second week of June, Baltimore is seeing the Yankees' ace for the fourth time this season. And the first three meetings have left much to be desired.
Sabathia has allowed only seven earned runs in 22 2/3 innings against the Orioles, and he has won all three of those starts. In fact, those are Sabathia's past three wins this season, as the left-hander has not beaten another team since April 16.
Sabathia had endured a bit of a slump in May, going without a win for five straight starts for the first time since 2003 and posting an ERA of 6.28 in that stretch. But the putrid Baltimore offense was the perfect cure for that last Thursday, when Sabathia allowed three earned runs -- all on a pair of home runs -- in seven innings.
That lifted Sabathia to 12-1 in his career against the O's.
"He's very close to going on a tear like he did in the middle of the season last year," pitching coach Dave Eiland said after Sabathia's last start. "He left two pitches out over the plate for home runs, but I saw better two-seamers, changeups and cutters. He wasn't dominant, but he was still good."
Burdened with the unenviable task of facing Sabathia is young Baltimore right-hander Chris Tillman, who will be making his third start of the season and the 15th of his career. Tillman was solid in his 2010 debut against the Blue Jays in late May; he was not his last time out against the Red Sox.
Tillman gave up four runs on five hits and two walks while recording only four outs in an 11-0 thrashing last Friday.
"I felt like I didn't have a chance to get really anything going," Tillman said of that start. "I fell behind in counts, had to go to the fastball and they were sitting on it. I think you can see what happened."
Tillman was adequate in his lone start against the Yankees last season, allowing four runs on nine hits in five innings. He struck out eight and picked up one of his two career victories.
Yankees: Sabathia on trend with rest of rotation
Sabathia isn't the only Yankees hurler who has dominated the O's in his career. New York's five starting pitchers are a combined 61-13 -- a remarkable .824 winning percentage -- against Baltimore, which lucks out a bit in this series, as it doesn't have to face Andy Pettitte. The veteran southpaw is 27-6 in his career vs. the O's.
Orioles: Beastly AL East not easy
With Tuesday's loss, the Orioles dropped to 7-24 against the American League East this season. Five of those wins, though, have come against the Red Sox, meaning Baltimore is 2-20 against the Rays, Yankees and Blue Jays. New York improved to 9-1 against the O's with its 12-7 win at Camden Yards on Tuesday.
Nick Swisher tied a career high with five RBIs on Tuesday night. Swisher has pulled the feat four times in his career and twice as a Yankee. The last time he drove in five was April 9, 2009, also in Baltimore. ... Curtis Granderson drove in a season-high four runs in the 12-7 Yankees win. He had driven in more than one run only once before this season, when he plated two on June 2 against the Orioles. ... The O's collected 15 hits on Tuesday, the first time they've reached double digits in hits since May 27. It was the third time Baltimore had 15 or more hits, but the Orioles are 0-3 in those games. ... The 12 runs the O's allowed were the second most they have given up this season, and tied the second most the Yankees have scored in 2010.
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