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Baltimore Orioles

The teardown of the Orioles began in July as they spiraled deeper into last place in the American League East. The task of rebuilding was next on the docket and ensured that they wouldn’t contend again for at least a few years. There’s no timetable given and no reason to believe in a quick fix. Changes have ripped apart the organization like a tornado — a new head of baseball operations, new assistants, a new manager and new director of player development and director of scouting. The Orioles got a late start in making the hires and evaluating the talent on their roster, which doesn’t stack up to their division rivals. It isn’t close. They took a hard fall into last place with 115 losses, worst in the majors, and reaching triple-digit losses again is a realistic possibility.

Boston Red Sox

And now comes the hard part — when the encore doubles as the farewell tour. The Red Sox shocked baseball with a run of wire-to-wire dominance unwitnessed since the 1998 Yankees, winning 108 games and their fourth World Series title since 2004. They cleared every obstacle in their path, from Opening Day, when the bullpen imploded vs. Tampa, to Game 3 of the World Series, when a walk-off homer beat them in the 18th inning. They return basically their entire roster, but change is coming. In the next two years alone, free agency looms for standouts such as Chris Sale, J.D. Martinez, Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, Rick Porcello and Jackie Bradley Jr. They’ll be motivated to go for broke, because this isn’t the start of a budding dynasty. It’s already the last waltz.

New York Yankees

This will give you an idea of the lofty expectations the Yankees face in 2019: Last year’s 100-win campaign, which ended when the Yanks gave the eventual champion Red Sox their toughest October series, is generally considered a flop in New York. Too harsh? Maybe. But the loaded Yankees are a World Series-or-bust team again, thanks to big-name stars such as Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, blooming youngsters like Gleyber Torres and a velocity-crazed bullpen. 

GM Brian Cashman re-signed Brett Gardner and CC Sabathia and bolstered the rotation by trading for Seattle lefty James Paxton and re-signing J.A. Happ. Paxton could be the October ace the Yankees crave, and he and Luis Severino should lead a rotation that just might be the key to toppling Boston in the brawny American League East. 

The Yankees, with all their young talent, are set up to contend for years, but they might have to go through Boston to get back to the World Series — which would be a nice way to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their last championship season.

Tampa Bay Rays

The Rays were quite pleased to win 90 games in a 2018 season that started brutally bad and included a string of key injuries that forced them to employ some innovative strategy.

But they were far from satisfied.

Team officials started talking that way right from the start of the offseason, plotting to be aggressive and take advantage of some rare financial flexibility to do so at a higher price point. And they showed they were serious about making the most of their window to contend, working an early November trade to acquire catcher Mike Zunino in a sell-high deal for outfielder Mallex Smith in the first in a series of moves that may continue up until Opening Day.

By Christmas, the Rays had let veteran closer Sergio Romo and outfielder Carlos Gomez become free agents, DFA’d leading home run hitter C.J. Cron (getting only the $50,000 waiver fee), signed free agent starter Charlie Morton to a two-year, $30 million deal, swapped supposed cornerstone first baseman Jake Bauers for hard-hitting Yandy Diaz and traded three minor league pitchers in a deal that netted reliever Emilio Pagan (plus a draft pick).

Rather than seeking to plug specific holes, senior VP Chaim Bloom said their approach was more about saying, “Okay, we have this group now that did what they did last year, that we feel strongly about their futures; how can we help support that group to put them in the best position to do what we didn’t do this past year, which is pop champagne and get to the postseason?” 

Toronto Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays head into the new season firmly fixated on building for the future after definitively closing their previous competitive window during a miserable 2018. At the transition’s forefront is top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who tore through Double-A and Triple-A while earning wide acclaim as the best prospect in baseball. Guerrero, who will be 20 on Opening Day, is the first such franchise-altering talent acquired and developed internally since Carlos Delgado, and for the team to avoid an extended period of pain, he’ll need to hit the ground running after Josh Donaldson became the latest star slugger to depart the club. Once called up, likely after his free agency has been pushed back a year, Guerrero will arrive to find a new manager in Charlie Montoyo and a mostly new coaching staff. A return to contention hinges on how the Blue Jays manage to fill in around their budding star, as there’s very little certainty on the roster beyond him. 

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Red Sox at Orioles Preview

The visiting Boston Red Sox will try to clinch their fourth straight series win over the Baltimore Orioles when the teams play the second of three straight at Camden Yards on Tuesday. Two sacrifice flies in the top of the 12th inning accounted for all the offense in a 2-0 win for the Red Sox in the series opener Monday night.

Steven Wright and five relievers combined on a five-hit shutout for Boston, which is 10-1 in the last 11 contests against the Orioles dating to last season and has claimed six straight games in Baltimore. Mookie Betts returned from an oblique strain and had a hit in five trips to the plate in the opener of a 10-game road trip for the Red Sox. Orioles shortstop Manny Machado missed Monday’s contest due to an illness and could return Tuesday to face Eduardo Rodriguez, against whom he is 6-for-31 with five strikeouts. Baltimore counters with streaking rookie David Hess as it attempts to end a five-game slide.

TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, NESN (Boston), MASN2 (Baltimore)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Red Sox LH Eduardo Rodriguez (7-1, 3.68 ERA) vs. Orioles RH David Hess (2-2, 3.07)

Rodriguez has won four straight and already surpassed last season’s win total after emerging victorious against Detroit on Wednesday. He limited the Tigers to one run and five hits over 5 2/3 innings while striking out five in his fifth consecutive home outing. The 25-year-old started his current winning streak with 5 2/3 scoreless innings in a victory over Baltimore on May 20, improving to 5-5 with a 3.97 ERA in 12 career meetings.

Hess has a 0.96 ERA over his last three starts after stifling the Toronto Blue Jays through six innings his last time out. The solid stretch began after a rocky effort opposite Rodriguez at Fenway Park last month, when Hess gave up five runs across 4 2/3 frames. The Tennessee native has a 3.00 ERA in two home starts while yielding 10 hits and a walk in 12 innings.

WALK-OFFS

1. Orioles 1B Chris Davis was 0-for-5 with three strikeouts Monday as his average through 57 games fell to .150.

2. Red Sox LF Andrew Benintendi is 13-for-30 with six walks in eight games against Baltimore this year.

3. Boston 1B Mitch Moreland is 2-for-19 over a six-game span to drop his average from .310 to .287.

Nationals at Yankees Preview

The New York Yankees have seen their notoriously loud bats fall silent of late as the club matched a season low with three hits in its last outing and is batting .176 over the last four games overall. The Yankees (42-19) look to avoid hitting the snooze button once again Tuesday when they open an abbreviated two-game interleague series against the visiting Washington Nationals (36-27).

Gary Sanchez is mired in a 4-for-53 stretch while teammates Greg Bird (1-for-16) and Aaron Judge (2-for-23) are also slumping. Slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who has answered a six-game hitting streak by striking out five times in his last two contests, scored a run in the last meeting with Washington – a 3-3 deadlock on May 15 that was suspended after 5 1/2 innings. While the Yankees became the final major-league team to get shut out when they were blanked by the cross-town Mets on Sunday night, the Nationals also lost a 2-0 decision to San Francisco hours earlier to fall to 4-5 in their last nine outings. Anthony Rendon, who belted a solo homer in the suspended game versus the Yankees, is 6-for-16 with five RBIs and six runs scored in his last four games.

TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, MASN (Washington), WPIX (New York)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Nationals RH Tanner Roark (3-6, 3.56 ERA) vs. Yankees LH CC Sabathia (3-1, 3.59)

Roark recorded his first win since April 30 after allowing two runs on six hits in an 11-2 romp of Tampa Bay on Wednesday. The 31-year-old worked six innings in that contest, marking the 11th time in 12 starts that he has ventured that far into a game. Roark will be making his first career start versus the Yankees, although he is very familiar with Stanton (8-for-33, four home runs) from the slugger’s time with Miami.

Like Roark, Sabathia also snapped a prolonged winless drought in his last outing after yielding two runs on three hits in seven innings of a 7-2 triumph over Toronto. The 37-year-old, who won for the first time since April 29, was taken deep twice to raise his home run total to seven in his last five trips to the mound. Mark Reynolds is 4-for-18 with a homer versus Sabathia, but the left-hander owns a 2-1 career mark against the Nationals with a 2.25 ERA and an 0.92 WHIP while limiting the club to a .185 batting average.

WALK-OFFS

1. Washington rookie OF Juan Soto is 20-for-61 and has reached base safely in 16 of 19 games played.

2. New York’s bullpen allowed only two unearned runs and struck out 25 in 19 1/3 innings over the past week.

3. Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy (right knee surgery) is expected to accompany his club to Yankee Stadium and could be activated from the disabled list this week, according to the Washington Post.

Twins at Tigers Preview

The Detroit Tigers just suffered the scheduling misfortune of having to play three of the best teams in the American League – the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians – in consecutive series and took one game from each opponent. After a well-deserved day off, the Tigers will host the division-rival Minnesota Twins on Tuesday in the opener of a three-game series.

Detroit battled all three of the likely playoff teams while finishing up a stretch of 18 games in 17 days and managed to go 10-8 before getting a day off. “We’re hanging in there,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire told reporters. “We played a lot of close ballgames. One swing here and there could’ve changed it, and one good pitch here and there. So, 10-8, yes, but we could’ve been better, and I think that’s what keeps driving these guys. We can do better.” The Twins are hoping they can do better as well after dropping four of their last six and scoring three runs or fewer in each of the four setbacks. Minnesota will try to get the bats going against Detroit left-hander Blaine Hardy while countering with veteran Jake Odorizzi on Tuesday.

TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, FS North (Minnesota), FS Detroit

PITCHING MATCHUP: Twins RH Jake Odorizzi (3-3, 4.24 ERA) vs. Tigers LH Blaine Hardy (2-1, 3.66)

Odorizzi is winless in his last five starts and is coming off the lone loss in that span after allowing three runs on six hits and a walk in five innings against the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday. The 28-year-old is struggling to work deep into games and completed six innings only twice in his last 10 starts. Odorizzi is seeing Detroit for the first time this season and is 2-1 with a 2.28 ERA in four career starts against the Tigers.

Hardy is trying to hang onto a spot in the rotation and followed up two strong performances with a loss at Boston on Wednesday. The 31-year-old was ripped for five runs on eight hits in six innings and allowed a home run – just his third homer surrendered in 32 innings. Hardy was better in a no-decision at Minnesota on May 21, when he scattered two runs and seven hits across five innings while striking out four.

WALK-OFFS

1. Tigers RHP Jordan Zimmermann (shoulder) will make his third minor league rehab start on Monday and could return to the majors this weekend.

2. Twins SS Eduardo Escobar was named AL Player of the Week on Monday after batting .462 with nine extra-base hits and eight RBIs last week.

3. Minnesota 3B Miguel Sano struck out at least once in each of his last 13 games.

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Orioles at Blue Jays Preview

The Toronto Blue Jays seemingly can’t buy a break at home, as they failed to take advantage of a sterling pitching performance in their last outing to fall to 1-10 in their last 11 contests at the Rogers Centre. The Blue Jays (26-35) bid to change the narrative on Thursday as they open a four-game series against the Baltimore Orioles (19-41).

Sam Gaviglio scattered three hits over seven scoreless innings on Wednesday for Toronto, but his offense failed to get it in gear as it struck out 15 times in a 3-0 setback in 13 frames against the New York Yankees. Kendrys Morales had two of his team’s four hits for the Blue Jays, who have lost seven of their last eight and 17 of 22. Baltimore knows a thing or two about losing skids as it owns the majors’ worst mark, but it did record consecutive victories for just the fourth time this season after capping a two-game interleague sweep of the New York Mets with Wednesday afternoon’s 1-0 triumph. Manny Machado saw his eight-game hitting streak halted in the matinee, but his sacrifice fly in the eighth inning proved to be the difference.

TV: 7:07 p.m. ET, MASN (Baltimore), Sportsnet (Toronto)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Orioles RH David Hess (2-2, 3.47 ERA)) vs. Blue Jays LH Jaime Garcia (2-4, 6.08)

Hess sustained a hard-luck defeat on May 30 after Bryce Harper’s solo homer in the third inning accounted for his lone damage among four hits in six innings of a 2-0 setback versus Washington. The 24-year-old rookie, who took over for Chris Tillman in the rotation, has helped a beleaguered bullpen by pitching six or more innings in three of his first four starts. Hess threw a first-pitch strike to 17 of the 23 batters he faced to get ahead in the count against the Nationals.

Garcia was blitzed for four runs on seven hits in a season-low 1 2/3 innings during Friday’s 5-2 setback versus Detroit. The 31-year-old has allowed the opposition to bat a robust .291 against him this season. Danny Valencia is 2-for-3 in a small sample size versus Garcia, but the left-hander won his lone start against Baltimore despite being touched for five runs on 10 hits — including two homers – in 5 1/3 innings.

WALK-OFFS

1. Toronto LF Curtis Granderson is 0-for-17 with nine strikeouts in his last five contests.

2. Baltimore CF Adam Jones is 17-for-42 with six runs scored in his last 10 games.

3. Blue Jays top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. exited Wednesday’s Double-A game against Akron with an apparent leg injury after sliding into second base in the fourth inning.

Mariners at Rays Preview

Nelson Cruz is enjoying his best stretch of the campaign and the Seattle slugger looks for his seventh multi-hit outing in nine games Thursday when the Mariners open a four-game series against the host Tampa Bay Rays. Cruz is 12-for-31 with three homers during the stretch after going deep for the 11th time this season during Wednesday’s 7-5 loss to the Houston Astros.

Seattle had a five-game winning streak halted with Wednesday’s setback but owns a one-game lead over Houston in the American League West due to a 14-4 stretch. Shortstop Jean Segura went 5-for-9 in two games against the Astros and the back-to-back multi-hit outings raise his major league-leading count in that category to 27. Tampa Bay has scored only 12 runs during a six-game slide and manager Kevin Cash defended the recent practice of starting a reliever after Jonny Venters retired only one batter and allowed five runs in the first inning of Wednesday’s 11-2 loss to the Washington Nationals. “(Wednesday) was one of those gut-wrenching days,” Cash said afterward. “It didn’t go our way and smacked us right in the face. One bad outing, one bad whatever you want to call it. I don’t think it’s fair to get away from it.”

TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, ROOT Sports Northwest (Seattle), FS Sun (Tampa Bay)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Mariners RH Mike Leake (5-3, 4.71 ERA) vs. Rays RH Ryne Stanek (1-1, 3.65)

Leake allowed two runs and six hits over seven innings against Tampa Bay on Friday but didn’t get a victory because closer Edwin Diaz blew the save in the ninth inning. The 30-year-old Leake is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA in three career starts against the Rays but has struggled with Carlos Gomez (8-for-20, one home run). Leake has a solid 1.66 ERA over his past three starts and hasn’t issued a walk over his last four turns.

The Rays are 3-5 when opening with a reliever as Stanek will start a game for the third time under the unique approach. The 26-year-old is unscored upon in seven of his past eight appearances and has allowed only three hits in 8 2/3 innings during the stretch. Stanek retired all five Mariners he faced in a relief appearance Saturday and has given up one hit in 2 2/3 innings in two career outings versus Seattle.

WALK-OFFS

1. The Mariners swept the Rays in Seattle last weekend while holding Tampa Bay to five runs.

2. Tampa Bay announced that it will recall 1B Jake Bauers from Triple-A Durham prior to Thursday’s contest.

3. Seattle released veteran LHP Marc Rzepczynski five days after designating him for assignment.

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Yankees at Orioles Preview

The New York Yankees are riding high with victories in 10 of their last 11 completed series to remain right in the thick of the race for first place in the American League East. The Yankees (35-17) will take their show on the road Thursday as they begin a season-high 11-game trek with the opener a four-game series against the Baltimore Orioles (17-39), who won three of four from New York last month.

Aaron Judge collected two hits and a run scored in back-to-back outings for the Yankees, who exacted a small measure of revenge against Houston following the 2017 AL Championship Series by taking five of seven meetings this season. The 26-year-old slugger is 1-for-5 with a homer against Thursday starter Andrew Cashner after collecting five hits – including a blast – to go along with four RBIs and three runs scored against Baltimore from April 5-8. The Orioles’ beleaguered offense continues to be stymied, as the club saw its losing skid extend to five games after being shut out for the second time in three contests following Wednesday’s 2-0 loss to Washington. Manny Machado had a double off Max Scherzer to push his hitting streak to five games heading into a tilt with the Yankees, against whom he went 7-for-19 with two homers, five RBIs and three runs scored in last month’s series

TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, YES (New York), MASN (Baltimore)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Yankees RH Sonny Gray (3-4, 5.98 ERA) vs. Orioles RH Andrew Cashner (2-6, 5.07)

Gray answered a sterling performance with a less-than-desirable one, as he followed a one-run effort over eight innings in a 10-1 romp at Kansas City on May 20 by allowing five runs in 3 2/3 frames six days later in an 11-4 setback versus the Los Angeles Angels. The 28-year-old issued at least three free passes for the fifth time in his last seven starts to give him a staggering 28 walks in 10 starts (49 2/3 innings). Gray improved to 3-4 in his career against Baltimore after recording a quality start in an 8-3 win on April 7.

Like Gray, Cashner surrendered five runs in his last outing on Saturday as he was blitzed by Tampa Bay to fall to 1-5 in his last eight starts. The 31-year-old permitted season highs in hits (11) and walks (four) against the Rays while limping through five innings. Cashner pitched significantly better in his last appearance against the Yankees on April 5, improving to 2-1 with a 1.73 ERA in four career appearances after yielding one run on two hits in six frames of a 5-2 win.

WALK-OFFS

1. Baltimore CF Adam Jones is 11-for-26 with a homer and two RBIs in his last six games.

2. New York is just 11-9 versus AL East foes and 24-8 against the rest of the major league teams.

3. Orioles 2B Jonathan Schoop has struck out at least once in each of the last 13 games, including three times on Wednesday

Cubs at Mets Preview

The revolving door that is the New York Mets’ bullpen came through last time out, but it will be tested again during a four-game series against the visiting Chicago Cubs that begins Thursday. The Cubs have averaged nearly six runs over their last 21 contests and have won five of their last seven on the road.

The Mets won for just the third time in 10 games Wednesday, posting a 4-1 victory in Atlanta as four relievers combined for four innings of one-run ball. New York made several roster moves before the contest to reinforce its beleaguered bullpen, which could be taxed again with Seth Lugo stepping out of his relief role to start on short rest in the series opener against the Cubs. After an inconsistent start to the season, Chicago’s offense has come to life in May, though it squandered plenty of opportunities in Wednesday’s 2-1 loss at Pittsburgh. Anthony Rizzo has heated up to contribute largely to the resurgence, hitting .299 with seven homers and 28 RBIs this month after batting .149 with only blast and nine RBIs in March and April combined.

TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, NBCS Chicago, SNY (New York)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Cubs LH Jose Quintana (5-4, 4.78 ERA) vs. Mets RH Seth Lugo (1-1, 2.48)

Quintana has failed to get through five innings in three of his last five starts, issuing 15 walks over 26 innings in that span. The 29-year-old was pulled after 4 1/3 frames last time out, allowing four runs and five hits in a loss to San Francisco. Quintana is 1-1 with a 1.93 ERA in two career starts against New York.

Lugo has been a valuable member of the Mets’ bullpen but will make a spot start after 20 appearances in relief. The 28-year-old worked 17 consecutive scoreless innings before allowing three runs in his last outing Monday at Atlanta. Lugo is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in three career games (one start) against the Cubs.

WALK-OFFS

1. Cubs RF Jason Heyward is 6-for-8 over his last two games, raising his batting average from .222 to .256.

2. Mets CF Brandon Nimmo has recorded eight extra-base hits and six RBIs over his last nine contests.

3. The Cubs on Wednesday placed Carl Edwards Jr. (shoulder) on the 10-day disabled list and recalled fellow RHP Cory Mazzoni from Triple-A Iowa.

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Cubs at Pirates Preview

The Chicago Cubs – and especially star first baseman Anthony Rizzo – aren’t making any friends during their three-game road series against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Rizzo and the Cubs will try to wrap up a sweep of the slumping Pirates when the series concludes Wednesday.

A day after angering the Pirates and their fans by making contact with catcher Elias Diaz on a controversial slide to break up a double play, Rizzo homered to set off a three-run seventh inning in Chicago’s 8-6 win Tuesday. Although Rizzo was ruled safe on the slide and the call was upheld after a replay review, Major League Baseball said Tuesday that the slide was not legal and Rizzo should have been called out. The three-time All-Star first baseman was booed in each of his at-bats Wednesday, but he went 2-for-3 with a double and a home run to help send Pittsburgh to its fourth straight loss and its ninth in 11 games. The Cubs have won three straight overall and four in a row on the road.

TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, NBCS Chicago, AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh

PITCHING MATCHUP: Cubs RH Kyle Hendricks (4-3, 3.16 ERA) vs. Pirates RH Joe Musgrove (1-0, 0.00)

Hendricks has posted quality starts in five of his last six outings and seven of his 10 starts this season. The 28-year-old was dominant last time out, striking out seven and allowing only two hits, including a solo homer, over seven innings to beat San Francisco. Hendricks is 4-3 with a 3.21 ERA in 11 starts against the Pirates, including a 2-0 mark and a 3.00 ERA in five outings at PNC Park.

Musgrove was outstanding in his first big-league start of the season Friday against St. Louis, striking out seven and allowing five hits over seven scoreless innings. The 25-year-old bounced between the bullpen and the rotation with Houston the past two seasons but had more success as a reliever. He is 9-12 with a 5.11 ERA in 26 career starts, including a loss to the Cubs in 2016.

WALK-OFFS

1. Rizzo is 15-for-42 with two homers and 14 RBIs during an 11-game hitting streak.

2. Pittsburgh RF Gregory Polanco has been out of the lineup the past two games while he is mired in an 0-for-16 slump, but he should be back Wednesday, as he is 10-for-25 with two homers versus Hendricks.

3. Pirates C Francisco Cervelli (illness) missed his third straight start Tuesday.

Nationals at Orioles Preview

Bryce Harper looks to build off a potential slump-busting performance as his Washington Nationals go for a three-game sweep in the Beltway Series when they visit the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night. Harper launched a solo homer in the first inning and added a pair of singles – after going 3-for-20 with 12 strikeouts over the previous five games – in Washington’s 3-2 victory on Tuesday.

Harper leads the National League with 17 homers despite batting just .238 while 19-year-old rookie outfielder Juan Soto is starting to make an impact after going 8-for-15 with three doubles in the last four games for the Nationals, who have won five straight. Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer has won seven straight decisions and goes for his 150th career victory Wednesday when he takes the mound for Washington against Baltimore rookie David Hess. The Orioles have cooled off with the bats again, managing just six runs during a four-game losing streak after leaving two runners on base in the ninth inning during Tuesday’s loss. Manny Machado belted his 16th homer in the setback – his first in eight games – for Baltimore and has hit safely in four straight despite his batting average slipping slightly to .326.

TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, MASN2 (Washington), MASN (Baltimore)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Nationals RH Max Scherzer (8-1, 2.13 ERA) vs. Orioles RH David Hess (2-1, 4.15)

Scherzer had his streak of eight straight quality starts halted at Miami last Friday when he allowed four runs and seven hits over six innings in a victory. The 33-year-old Missouri product, who boasts a National League-leading 108 strikeouts along with just 18 walks, also saw a run of 10 straight games giving up two or fewer earned runs end. Adam Jones is 13-for-29 with four homers versus Scherzer, who is 5-2 with a 3.20 ERA in 10 career games against the Orioles.

Hess earned his second win in three starts last Friday when he permitted four hits and three walks across 6 2/3 scoreless innings to beat Tampa Bay. The 24-year-old Tennessee native blanked the Rays in 11 2/3 frames during two wins after surrendering a three-run homer to Matt Duffy in the first inning on May 12 in his major league debut. Hess has struck out 10 and walked five over 17 1/3 innings overall while opponents have smacked four homers against him.

WALK-OFFS

1. Jones had a pair of hits with an RBI on Tuesday and is batting .325 in 50 career games against the Nationals.

2. Washington SS Trea Turner is 13-for-46 with seven RBIs during a 10-game hitting streak.

3. Orioles OF/DH Mark Trumbo had two hits Tuesday and is 6-for-10 in his last three contests, improving his batting average to .310.

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Orioles at Red Sox Preview

J.D. Martinez has been everything the Boston Red Sox hoped for when they signed him to a $110 million deal this offseason, and the slugger will try to stay hot when he leads his team into the opener of a four-game series with the visiting Baltimore Orioles on Thursday. Martinez slugged a two-run homer and scored twice in Wednesday’s 6-4 victory over the Oakland Athletics, giving him seven long balls in the past 14 contests.

The triumph allowed the Red Sox to avoid being swept for the first time this year while improving to 13-1 in series finales. The Orioles averaged 8.5 runs during a 5-1 surge before they were limited to four hits in a 4-1 loss to Philadelphia at home Wednesday afternoon. They’ll give the ball to red-hot right-hander Kevin Gausman in the series opener opposite Red Sox lefty David Price. Boston carries a six-game winning streak over Baltimore into Thursday’s contest, which is the makeup for an April 16 rainout.

TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, MLB Network, MASN (Baltimore), NESN (Boston)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Orioles RH Kevin Gausman (3-2, 3.18 ERA) vs. Red Sox LH David Price (3-4, 4.89)

Since allowing six runs in four innings of his season debut, Gausman is 3-1 with a 2.30 ERA over a span of seven starts. He followed up nine scoreless frames at Oakland two turns ago with 7 1/3 innings of two-run ball in a win over Tampa Bay on Friday. Mookie Betts is 12-for-29 with three home runs against the former first-round pick, who is 4-6 with a 3.83 ERA in his career versus Boston.

Price had eight days off between his last two starts, during which he was diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome, and then won at Toronto on Saturday with 5 1/3 solid innings. The former Cy Young Award winner gave up 10 runs (nine earned) in 6 2/3 innings over his last two outings at Fenway Park. Danny Valencia is 13-for-22 with five walks against Price, who dominated the Orioles through seven innings in their lone encounter last year and has a 2.81 ERA in 25 career meetings.

WALK-OFFS

1. Boston won the first three meetings in 2018 by a combined score of 20-7.

2. Martinez has reached safely in a career-high 21 straight games.

3. Baltimore CF Adam Jones homered for team’s only run in Wednesday’s loss while extending his hitting streak to 11 games.

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Athletics at Blue Jays Preview

The Toronto Blue Jays hope to build off an offensive explosion last time out when they open a four-game series against the visiting Oakland Athletics on Thursday night. The Blue Jays recorded 15 hits, including seven for extra bases, in a 12-1 victory at the New York Mets on Wednesday afternoon to snap a three-game losing streak and sneak back over the .500 mark (22-21).

Justin Smoak (six RBIs in his last four outings) and Teoscar Hernandez (7-for-20 during his five-game hitting streak) each went deep while Richard Urena launched a three-run blast for Toronto on Wednesday after it managed seven runs the previous three contests. Aaron Sanchez will try to follow up a strong outing from J.A. Happ with another when he takes the mound for the Blue Jays in the series opener and Oakland counters with fellow right-hander Andrew Triggs, who has 42 strikeouts over 39 innings this year. The Athletics started a difficult nine-game stretch by losing five of six against Houston and the New York Yankees before winning two of three at Boston, but dropped the finale 6-4 on Wednesday. Marcus Semien homered in that contest and is 10-for-29 with six RBIs during a six-game hitting streak for Oakland.

TV: 7:07 p.m. ET, MLB Network, Sportsnet (Toronto)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Athletics RH Andrew Triggs (3-1, 5.31 ERA) vs. Blue Jays RH Aaron Sanchez (2-3, 4.08)

Triggs has alternated strong and rough starts over his past six appearances after getting touched up for six runs over 4 1/3 innings at the Yankees last Saturday in a no-decision. The 29-year-old USC product owns two quality starts in his last four trips to the mound and limited opponents to two or fewer runs in five of eight overall. Josh Donaldson is 1-for-1 versus Triggs, who allowed two hits and one unearned run in one inning during his only career outing against Toronto.

Sanchez threw just 60 of 96 pitches for strikes last time out against Boston, permitting three runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks over five innings in a no-decision. The 25-year-old California native had a stretch of four straight quality starts before giving up 11 runs (eight earned) over 14 2/3 innings across his last three appearances. Sanchez, who is 0-1 in four starts at home in 2018, yielded six runs over 6 1/3 innings in three career appearances versus Oakland.

WALK-OFFS

1. The Athletics will place C Bruce Maxwell (legal issues) on the restricted list for the Toronto series and recall C Josh Phegley.

2. The Blue Jays won five of the seven meetings in the series last season, including all four in Toronto.

3. Toronto recalled RHP Danny Barnes and optioned RHP Deck McGuire to Triple-A Buffalo on Wednesday.

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Orioles at Angels Preview

The Los Angeles Angels halted their four-game slide in the series opener and look to post another victory when they host the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday for the middle contest of their three-game set. Los Angeles squandered a two-run lead in the top of the ninth inning of Tuesday’s opener before Justin Upton singled home the decisive run in the bottom of the frame for a 3-2 victory.

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The Angels have won just four of their last 13 games after sprinting out to a 13-3 start and have slipped to third place in the American League West. Albert Pujols was hitless in four at-bats on Tuesday, remaining four hits shy of 3,000 for his career, and is just 2-for-16 over his last four games. Baltimore had slugger Mark Trumbo (quadriceps) in the lineup for the first time this season, and he was hitless in four at-bats with two strikeouts. Orioles star Manny Machado recorded two hits for the fourth time in his last five games to raise his major league-leading average to .366, but his club has dropped seven of its last nine contests.

TV: 10:07 p.m. ET, MASN2 (Baltimore), FS West (Los Angeles)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Orioles RH Dylan Bundy (1-3, 2.97 ERA) vs. Angels LH Andrew Heaney (0-1, 6.91)

Bundy was torched in a loss to Tampa Bay in his last turn as he allowed eight runs – seven earned – and 11 hits in 4 2/3 innings. The 25-year-old had been superb over his first five outings, giving up just five earned runs during the stretch and yielding five hits or fewer on four occasions. Bundy is 1-0 with a 6.48 ERA in two career appearances (one start) against the Angels and has struggled with Mike Trout (3-for-4, homer).

Heaney allowed two runs – one earned – and five hits in five innings of a no-decision against the New York Yankees in his last turn. The 26-year-old struck out nine batters, the second-best total in his career, and has fanned 22 in just 14 1/3 frames this season. Heaney owns a 7.59 ERA in two career starts against Baltimore and has experienced issues with Machado (3-for-6, homer).

WALK-OFFS

1. Orioles C Chance Sisco departed Tuesday’s game in the seventh inning after colliding with 3B Pedro Alvarez and receiving an elbow in the face as both players pursued a foul pop-up.

2. Los Angeles placed Kenyan Middleton (elbow) on the 10-day disabled list and recalled fellow RHP Eduardo Paredes from Triple-A Salt Lake.

3. In addition to activating Trumbo, Baltimore also placed INF Luis Sardinas (back) on the disabled list, optioned OF Joey Rickard to Norfolk and recalled INF Engelb Vielma from the Triple-A affiliate.

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Baltimore Orioles vs Texas Rangers

The Baltimore Orioles are going to attempt to continue their outstanding start of the season when they face the Texas Rangers in their 4 game series Saturday night. The highlight of this game will clearly be around the performance of ex Ranger pitcher, Yovani Gallardo. This Fantasy Baseball MLB Preview is brought you by FanPicks. Come play in our MLB Fantasy contests where you can win up to a $1 million this week at FanPicks.

 

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Yovani Gallardo finished with a 13-11 record with the Rangers last season before signing a huge $22 million dollar contract with Baltimore. The 30 year old Mexican enjoyed quite some success in Arlington, winning 8 of his 14 decisions last year that helped the Rangers into a playoff berth. He’s in 1-0 this year with his new team and was lucky earlier this week with a no decision when he allowed 5 runs and 7 hits in just 5 innings against the Red Sox.

But the Orioles have some serious offensive firepower and it was quite obvious last night when Mark Trumbo, their new off season acquisition went deep twice as he increased his home run total this season to already 5 in his last 5 games 11 RBI on top. Their second baseman Jonathan Schoop also went deep twice last night and has a hit in every game this season but one.

 

The pitcher for tonight for the Rangers will be Colby Lewis. He picked up his 1st win of the regular season this Monday when he only allowed a run and 4 hits in 6 innings during their 7-3 victory against the Mariners. He also managed to beat the Orioles last time they met but has a 2-4 record overall against them. Their rookie Nomar Mazara is 9 for 23 this season with 4 RBI in 6 contests, while center fielder, Deline DeShields has one homer and is 8 for 17. He has 4 runs scored in his last 4 games.

 

 

 

 

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Fantasy Baseball Preview – Yankees vs Orioles

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The Yankees(52-41) will look to sweep the series in the Fantasy Baseball day game against the Orioles(46-47) and create distance with the latter in the standing . The Bronx Bombers won 8 in their last 10 games. This success have allowed them to hold first place in the American League East.
Masahiro Tanaka(6-3, 3.65ERA) will be the starter for New York. He has not won in his first 2 games against Baltimore. The Japanese hurler needs to keep Baltimore’s heavy bats at bay if he has any hope to get the job done. He gave up 12 HR this season, it’s 3 shy of the total he allowed last year of 15. The Orioles have smashed 93 homers against righties this season, the 3rd best in the league.

New York will face Ubaldo Jimenez(7-5, 3.29ERA), for the second time this year. Baltimore won the June 12th game 11-3, the 6 foot 5 Orioles pitcher lasted 5 innings and gave up 3 earned run to get the victory. He was able to follow up with 3 wins and have his best winning streak(4 games) since 2010. Jimenez will try to bounce back from his worst start of the season where he allowed 7 earned runs and 3 HR, this past Friday in Detroit.

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Baltimore :
1-3B Manny Machado (.298AVG, 20HR, 50RBI, 14SB)
2-DH Jimmy Paredes (.293AVG, 10HR, 39RBI, 3SB)
3-CF Adam Jones (.290AVG, 15HR, 44RBI, 3SB)
4-1B Chris Davis (.238AVG, 20HR, 54RBI, 0SB)
5-RF Nolan Reimold (.235AVG, 2HR, 5RBI, 0SB)
6-C Matt Wieters (.250AVG, 3HR, 12RBI, 0SB)
7-2B Jonathan Schoop (.269AVG, 6HR, 14RBI, 1SB)
8-SS J.J. Hardy (.231AVG, 5HR, 25RBI, 0SB)
9-LF David Lough (.226AVG, 4HR, 12RBI, 1SB)

New York :
1-CF Jacoby Ellsbury (.298AVG, 2HR, 10RBI, 14SB)
2-LF Brett Gardner (.299AVG,10HR, 43RBI, 15SB)
3-DH Alex Rodriguez (.275AVG, 20HR, 54RBI, 1SB)
4-1B Mark Teixeira (.256AVG, 24HR, 65RBI, 1SB)
5-RF Carlos Beltran (.264AVG, 7HR, 31RBI, 0SB)
6-3B Chase Headley (.257AVG, 8HR, 32RBI, 0SB)
7-SS Didi Gregorius (.234AVG, 4HR, 19RBI, 4SB)
8-C J.R. Murphy (.247AVG, 0HR, 5RBI, 0SB)
9-2B Stephen Drew (.179AVG, 12HR, 25RBI, 0SB)

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In 6 at-bats against Ubaldo Jimenez, Alex Rodriguez, had 3 hits, 2 doubles and 3RBI. Rodriguez hit a HR in last nights game against the O’s.
New York CF Jacoby Ellsbury has faced Jimenez 9 time and had 5 hits with 2 RBI and 5 SB.
Facing Jimenez, Carlos Beltran had 2 doubles, 2 HR and 3 RBI’s. He also manage to walk 3 times.
Jonathan Schoop has 2 HR and 5 RBI against Tanaka, in his career. He will be a good cash draft pick due to his low value right now.

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New York Yankees vs Baltimore Orioles – 7-21-15 – MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions

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It will be a battle in the AL East for MLB fantasy draft managers to sort a roster from when the New York Yankees host the Baltimore Orioles. Cash fantasy league players can follow the results of their rosters at 7PM Eastern Time on Tuesday July 21st from Yankees Stadium as MLB Network provides the broadcast.

As the teams enter play in this series it’s the New York Yankees holding the top spot in the AL East with a record of 50-41 sitting four games ahead of the second place Baltimore Orioles. The Yanks have been a good home team in 2015 with a mark of 27-17. New York hit the All Star break winners of six of their past eight games. The team has shown some power ranking second in MLB in runs scored (4.59 per game) and sitting second best in home runs (120).

Baltimore is one game over .500 for the year at 46-45. The Orioles offense ranks fifth in run production (4.42 per game) but have slumped down the stretch as the club has dropped six of their past ten games hitting the break. The starting pitching could use some improvement as word is out that the team is in the Cole Hamels sweepstakes as they could use an arm or two to help make up ground in the division and wild card race.

Baltimore Orioles 3B: Manny Machado leads the everyday players from the Orioles with a batting average of .300 with 20 homers and 50 RBIs. He has hit Yankees pitching very well with a mark of .385. Machado has hits in eight of nine games with three homers.

Baltimore Orioles DH: Jimmy Paredes is batting .294 season to date with ten homers and 39 RBIs. He is another Oriole who hits Yankees pitching very well with a batting average of .458 with two homers and six RBIs.

Baltimore Orioles CF: Adam Jones has been on fire by batting .500 over the past seven days. Jones has raised his average up to .291 with 15 homers and 44 RBIs. He has hit two homers against Yankees pitching on the year.

Baltimore Orioles 1B: Chris Davis has struggled with batting average at .238 on the season. He has produced some power numbers with 19 homers and 53 RBIs. Davis has a .213 road batting average.

Baltimore Orioles P: Wei Yin Chen leads the starters with an ERA of 2.78 on the year and his WHIP of 1.09. Chen has not been the recipient of run support with a record of 4-5. He has thrown seven straight starts of allowing two earned runs or fewer. On July 12th Chen held the Nationals to two earned runs over eight innings with no walks and eight hits.

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New York Yankees LF: Brett Gardner, an All Star, and leads the everyday players with a .300 hitting average. Gardner has ten homers and 42 RBIs. He has hits in eight of his past nine games.

New York Yankees DH: Alex Rodriguez has surprised his critics with a .277 batting average with 19 homers and 52 RBIs. He is below average for July at .255 hitting average. Rodriguez has hit three homers against Orioles pitching this year.

New York Yankees 3B: Chase Headley has had a hot July by hitting .333 but not much power numbers with no homers and three RBIs. He has raised his batting average to .256.

New York Yankees C: Brian McCann has struggled for the month of July with a hitting average of .195. He has produced three homers and nine RBIs in the month. McCann has been poor against Orioles pitching with a .192 batting average.

New York Yankees 1B: Mark Teixeira leads the team in homers with 23 and has driven in 63 runs for the season. The batting average is now .249 after going 5 for 8 in the final two games of the series against the Mariners prior to the break.

New York Yankees P: The 25 year old right hander Nathan Eovaldi is 9-2 with an ERA of 4.50 and high WHIP of 1.52. Eovaldi taxes the Yankees bullpen with his inability to go very far in games. He has made it to the seventh inning just twice in his past ten starts.

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P: Wei Yin Chen (Orioles)
3B: Manny Machado (Orioles)
DH: Jimmy Paredes (Orioles)
CF: Adam Jones (Orioles)
1B: Mark Teixeira (Yankees)
LF: Brett Gardner (Yankees)

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Today’s Top Fantasy Picks – MLB – 6-29-15

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Pitcher:  Wandy Rodriguez

Right Field:  Travis Snider

Designated Hitter:  Prince Fielder

Third Base:  Manny Machado

First Base:  Mitch Moreland

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Baltimore Orioles vs Texas Rangers – 6/29/15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions

DAILY FANTASY SPORTSIt will be American League action over national television for Monday June 29th as the Baltimore Orioles will host the Texas Rangers from Major League Baseball. Fantasy baseball draft managers can track the scoring of their rosters from Baltimore at 7PM Eastern Time on ESPN TV.

The Baltimore Orioles have enjoyed recent success against the Texas Rangers by winning four straight and nine of ten games in their head to head meetings.

The Rangers have fallen to 38-38 on the year after a recent bad spell that saw the club lose seven of their past eight games to fall four games in the loss column behind the first place Houston Astros. During this bad spell the Rangers have had trouble pushing runs across as they have been held to two runs or fewer in five of those games.

Free Baseball Cash Draft Beat the StreakBaltimore is headed the opposite direction of Texas as the Orioles enter play winners of three straight and six of seven games after winning Game 1 of a doubleheader with Cleveland on Sunday afternoon. The Orioles bats have helped move the team within a game in the loss column to the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East race. Baltimore is fourth in runs scored per game (4.59), fifth in team batting (.262) and fifth in home runs (89).

Texas Rangers DH: Prince Fielder leads the everyday players of Texas with a batting average of.351 with 12 home runs and 48 RBIs. He enters play on a seven game hitting streak with five straight multiple hit games. Fielder is batting .476 during this span.

Texas Rangers SS: Elvis Andrus has been hot by hitting .350 over his past seven games. He has moved his average up to .251 and has three homers with 27 RBIs season to date.

Texas Rangers 1B: Mitch Moreland cooled off on Sunday as he drew a 0 for 5. For the season Moreland is batting .298 with ten home runs and 36 RBIs. Entering Sunday Moreland was on an 8 for 20 streak. Moreland has had a good month of June by hitting .326 with five homers.

Texas Rangers RF: Shin Soo Cho is in a hitting slump as the ten year pro is 2 for his past 18 that saw his batting average dip to .225. Choo is hitting just .205 for the month of June. Season to date Choo has 8 homers and 32 RBIs.

Texas Rangers P: Wandy Rodriguez is 4-3 on the year in his twelve starts with an ERA of 4.06 and WHIP of 1.38. Rodriguez looks to improve off his worst outing of the year by giving up eight earned runs in four innings against Oakland on Wednesday. In the loss against the Athletics, Rodriguez surrendered 11 hits, 3 walks and two home runs.

1 day fantasy footballBaltimore Orioles DH: Jimmy Paredes is hitting .321 with nine homers and 36 RBIs season to date. He is having an outstanding month of June with a batting average of .338.

Baltimore Orioles 3B: 22 year old Manny Machado enters play with a batting average of .305. He has put up some impressive power numbers with 15 homers and 43 RBIs plus a slugging percentage of .524.

Baltimore Orioles CF: Adam Jones has seen his average dip down to .293 as he is 1 for his past 13 entering Monday’s game. He returned to the lineup Sunday after missing eight days with a shoulder injury.

Baltimore Orioles RF: Travis Snider has seen increased playing time in right field for Baltimore as he is batting .281 for the month of June. Snider is a bit light in the power department at.398 slugging percentage with three homers and 19 RBIs.

Baltimore Orioles 2B: Ryan Flaherty is on a nice 6 of 17 run over the past seven days with a .353 batting average with 5 RBIs.

Baltimore Orioles P: Bud Norris in ten starts sits with a record of 2-6 an ERA of 6.70 and WHIP of 1.61. He has had two horrible starts in April giving up nine and eight earned runs in just 5 1/3rd innings of work. Since that effort some good and bad outings have been sprinkled in.

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DH: Prince Fielder (Rangers)
SS: Elvis Andrus (Rangers)
P: Wandy Rodriguez (Rangers)
1B: Mitch Moreland (Rangers)
3B: Manny Machado (Orioles)
RF: Travis Snider (Orioles)

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Baltimore Orioles vs New York Yankees – 5/7/15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions

MLB Cash Draft PicksMajor League Baseball AL East division foes open a series on Thursday May 7th as the New York Yankees host the Baltimore Orioles. These two clubs go head to head from Yankees Stadium at 7PM Eastern Time and baseball fantasy draft managers can tune to MLB Network to catch the real time action to track their one day league rosters.

The Yankees started slowly in 2015 as their starting pitching struggled a bit. The bats then came on fire along with their pinstripe bullpen and all of a sudden the team sits in first place in the AL East with a record of 17-10 heading into Wednesday’s action. The Yankees offense was supposed to be a weakness but so are the team is fifth in runs scored at nearly 5 a game and with 34 long balls for the year that ranks them fourth in all of baseball. Despite injuries to Masahiro Tanaka the team filled his spot with Chase Whitley who has looked good in two starts.

The Baltimore Orioles sit at .500 at 12-12 as they close out a series against the New York Mets in New York on Wednesday. They are good offensively ranking third in runs scored and fourth in team batting average. With 32 home runs to date the Orioles sit 7th best in Major League Baseball. The pitching staff has shown recent improvement having allowed a total of nine runs over their past five games as they faced the Mets to close out their interleague series on Wednesday night.

Baltimore Orioles CF: Adam Jones is off to a great start in the 2015 season as he carries a .383 average with five home runs and 21 RBI’s. On May 3rd he had a four hit night in four at bats against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Baltimore Orioles Catcher: Caleb Joseph is batting .284 for Baltimore with two home runs and seven RBI’s. He has only one extra base hit in his past ten games.

Baltimore Orioles 1B: Veteran Chris Davis will carry a five game hitting streak into Thursday night’s game. He is hitting .273 on the year with six home runs and 18 RBI’s. Davis has hits in eight of his past nine games.

Baltimore Orioles 3B: After returning to the Baltimore lineup after injury Manny Machado is batting .261 on the campaign. The 22 year old has slugged five home runs and driven in 13 runs on the year. He has hits in three straight and eight of his past ten games.

Baltimore Orioles SS: Everth Cabrera is off to a slow start with a batting average of .205 with only two extra base hits on the season. He has gone hitless in five straight games and he only has two walks on the year.

Baltimore Orioles Pitcher: Chris Tillman in five starts is 2-3 with an ERA of 6.35 and WHIP of 1.50. Tillman in his last outing allowed two earned runs and three hits suffering a hard luck 2-0 home defeat to Tampa Bay.

New York Yankees CF: Jacoby Ellsbury leads the Yankees starters with a batting average of .355 with a home and four RBI’s. He has hits in nine straight games as he takes the field on Thursday.

New York Yankees LF: Brett Gardner has his average up to .309 with two home runs and 13 RBI’s. He has hits in seven of nine games.

New York Yankees Catcher: Brain McCann has struggled at the plate with a batting average of .238. He had a difficult time making the transition to a different league last year. McCann has only one extra base hit in his past six games.

New York Yankees 3B: Chase Headley has hits in six of his past seven games. He has his average up to .238 with three home runs and 10 RBI’s. Headley has been hampered with a back problem which forced him to miss the start on Tuesday night.

New York Yankees DH: Alex Rodriguez after a hot start has cooled down a bit with a .231 batting average. He has some slugging numbers with 6 home runs and 16 RBI’s.

New York Yankees P: Nathan Eolvadi: The first year Yankee 2-0 with an ERA of 3.81. He hast three straight starts over his past three outings. Teams are hitting a very high .328 against Eovaldi in the 2014 year.

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P: Chris Tillman (Orioles)
CF: Adam Jones (Orioles)
1B: Chris Davis (Orioles)
LF: Brett Gardner (Yankees)
C: Brian McCann (Yankees)
3B: Manny Machado (Orioles)

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