Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees
- Yesterday the Orioles scored just two runs in their 3-2 loss to the White Sox. It was just the 19th time this season that Baltimore scored two or fewer runs, which is tied with the Red Sox for the fewest such games in MLB.
- The Yankees scored three runs in the top of the first against the Twins yesterday and went on to win 3-0. New York is 32-7 (.821) when it scores first this season, which is tied with the Braves for the second best record in MLB.
- In four career starts against the Yankees, Miguel Gonzalez is 2-1 with a 2.70 (8/26.2) ERA and a .206 (20/97) opponent batting average. Gonzalez has had three straight quality starts against the Yankees and has not given up a home run in any of these games.
- Ivan Nova has given up at least one home run in each of the last six games he has pitched against the Orioles. In these six games against Baltimore, he is 1-2 with a 6.75 (26/34.2) ERA and a .322 (47/146) opponent batting average.
- In his career against Ivan Nova, Matt Wieters has a .429 (9/21) batting average with three home runs and five RBI. Wieters' .429 batting average against Nova is his highest against any pitcher he has at least 20 plate appearances against in his career.
- After going 14-for-24 (.583) with four home runs and 10 RBI in the first six games of the Yankees' road trip, Cano went 0-for-4 yesterday. It was the first time Cano went hitless with at least four at bats since June 4 against the Indians when he went 0-for-4.
- Mariners give Cano 10-year, $240M deal
- Beltran, Yanks agree on $45M for 3 years
- Napoli, Red Sox agree to 2 years, $32M
- Granderson, Mets agree to $60M, 4 years
- RHP Qualls returns to Astros for 2 years
By JEFF BARTL
(AP) -- What a difference a week makes.
The New York Yankees, winners of six straight, look to avenge last weekend's three-game sweep at the hands of the Baltimore Orioles with one of their own Sunday afternoon in the Bronx.
Since last Sunday's 4-2 loss in Baltimore, the Yankees (48-39) have swept Minnesota in a four-game set before taking the first two of this series, including a 5-4 come-from-behind victory Saturday.
Lyle Overbay had three hits and Eduardo Nunez, playing his first game in two months, came off the disabled list to drive in two runs for New York, which has won four of the five meetings with the Orioles at Yankee Stadium this season.
"Nuney is kind of a free spirit," manager Joe Girardi said. "I don't think he thought a lot about not having a lot of at-bats (while rehabbing a left side strain)."
Baltimore (48-40), which jumped out to a 3-0 lead Sunday, has dropped four of five since sweeping the Yankees despite Chris Davis staying hot against the AL East rivals. He hit a two-run homer in the first and now has six while batting .342 in 11 meetings with New York in 2013.
Davis' 33rd homer and 85th RBI equaled both of his totals from all of last season, matching the numbers in exactly 200 fewer at-bats. Six of his last nine hits have left the ballpark, though he's batting only .220 over his last 12.
"Anytime you're leading early in the game, you expect to continue to lead, or at least put up some more runs," said Davis, whose 33 homers before the All-Star break are tied for fourth all-time among AL players. "Leads in this game don't last very long, especially in this ballpark and with their offense."
Davis has homered twice off Hiroki Kuroda this season, including last Sunday when Kuroda (7-6, 2.95 ERA) allowed all four runs over six innings.
The right-hander had given up two earned runs in each of his previous three starts prior to that defeat. He has a 4.13 ERA in eight outings, though, since giving up five runs in two innings of a 6-3 loss to the Orioles on May 22.
Kuroda originally was scheduled to start Friday's series opener, but a sore left hip flexor delayed his outing. An MRI didn't show any tears.
"That's the best news that we could have gotten," Girardi said. "He's felt better."
Kuroda is 1-2 with a 4.76 ERA in three starts versus Baltimore this season and will try to avoid a second loss to Jason Hammel.
Hammel (7-5, 5.19) allowed two runs and struck out six in 6 2-3 innings to earn the victory May 22. He also beat the Yankees 5-3 on April 13 after giving up two runs in six innings.
The right-hander, though, is 0-3 with a 5.55 ERA over his last six starts - all Baltimore defeats - and ranks among the worst in the majors having given up 18 home runs. He allowed five runs and nine hits in seven innings of Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox, including a pair of homers.
"It's just balls that are up in the zone that get hit out this year weren't last year," Hammel said. "It's kind of just the way I'm going right now. The mistakes are being amplified."
Baltimore leads the majors with 119 homers, but its pitching has allowed an MLB-worst 117.
Updated July 6, 2013