New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles
- Last night, the Yankees were leading 3-0 after six innings at Cleveland, only to lose 9-3; it was only their 16th defeat this season in games in which they had the lead, which is tied for the third fewest in the American League.
- The Orioles have hit 113 home runs, second most in the majors (Blue Jays -- 116); the Yankees have allowed 103 homers, third most in the majors.
- Masahiro Tanaka, currently on the disabled list, is 12-4 with a 2.51 ERA; the rest of the Yankee starters are 22-25 with a 4.54 ERA, and the club is 33-40 (.452) in those games.
- Derek Jeter is hitting .333, .471 with runners in scoring position, in the 38 Yankee wins in which he has played; in 42 defeats, he has hit .213 and is just 4-for-40 (.100) with RISP.
- All-Star Dellin Betances is striking out 13.67 batters per nine innings, third most by any pitcher coming into the All-Star break (minimum 50 IP); he trails only Brad Lidge (14.04 for 2004 Hou) and Randy Johnson (13.70 for 2001 Ari).
- Even after going 0-for-2 last night, Manny Machado is hitting .415 (22/53) since June 22, which is second only to Adrian Beltre (.463) among major league players (minimum 3.1 PA per team game).
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By TOM CASTRO
(AP) -- A walkoff win over the New York Yankees kept the first-place Baltimore Orioles surging. Juggling their rotation due to injury appears to give the Orioles a better shot for yet another victory over their AL East rivals.
With Ubaldo Jimenez headed to the disabled list instead of the mound Saturday, Chris Tillman takes his place looking to continue a strong run as the Orioles host the Yankees.
Baltimore (51-41) dropped New York five games off the division lead and moved a season-best 10 games over .500 with a 3-2 comeback victory Friday. Nick Hundley delivered the winning single in the 10th inning for the Orioles, who trailed 2-0 before pulling even in the fourth.
Baltimore has won nine of 11, posting a 2.85 ERA in that span - 1.89 from the relievers - and has nine victories in 12 extra-inning games this season.
" ... with the offense that we have and the staunch bullpen, that combination lends itself to be successful - either late in the game or extra innings," Hundley said.
The Orioles got a strong start from Miguel Gonzalez, who threw eight innings of two-run ball, and now look for Tillman (7-4, 4.11 ERA) to extend his recent string of excellence.
The right-hander went seven innings and gave up two runs with six strikeouts in an 8-2 victory at Washington on Monday, giving him a 2.21 ERA in his last six outings. One of those came at New York on June 22, a dominant effort in which he went seven innings and gave up four hits in an 8-0 win.
Tillman has a 5.83 ERA in 11 career starts against the Yankees, though he's allowed two or fewer runs in four of the last five. He's won three of the past four matchups to give him a 5-4 record versus New York.
Jimenez was put on the 15-day DL with a sprained right ankle he suffered in a parking lot at his apartment complex Wednesday. He's endured a miserable first season with the Orioles, going 3-8 with a 4.52 ERA overall and 1-4 with a 5.79 mark at home.
New York (46-46) also received a solid outing from its starting pitcher Friday, the day after the club learned ace Masahiro Tanaka will be out for an extended period. Hiroki Kuroda went seven innings and allowed two runs, but the Yankees blew a lead and lost for the second time in as many games to fall to 1-3 in their last four.
"They're all hard," manager Joe Girardi said. "You're playing Baltimore. Obviously they're in first place, and you don't want to lose a game like that. But you just want to come out and win tomorrow."
They'll now turn to right-hander Shane Greene (1-0, 2.84 ERA), who delivered a strong performance in his starting debut Monday when he went six innings and gave up two runs and four hits to earn a 5-3 victory at Cleveland.
"We've said all along this kid has a lot of talent," Girardi said after that game.
Baltimore's Adam Jones continued his roll with two hits Friday and has batted .382 in his last 15 games. Hundley has hit .375 in his past nine.
Ichiro Suzuki was 2 for 4 with two RBIs and is hitting .429 during a seven-game hitting streak.
Derek Jeter is 6 for 16 (.375) against Tillman, while Jacoby Ellsbury is batting .304 (7 for 23) with two doubles and a home run in the matchup.
Updated July 12, 2014