Sabathia came into the game with a 16-3 career record against Baltimore. So, manager Buck Showalter shook up the lineup for Saturday's game.
He gave catcher Matt Wieters (.208 in his career against Sabathia) a needed day off and put out a lineup with eight right-handed hitters, knowing how tough Sabathia can be on lefties.
"There's not many positive matchups with Sabathia out there," Showalter said. "He's pretty special."
Showalter moved up second baseman Robert Andino from the bottom of the order to second. Andino's got a .400 career average in 20 at-bats versus Sabathia.
J.J. Hardy, who usually bats second, moved down to third, with Adam Jones hitting cleanup and Mark Reynolds, who's been very hot lately, batting fifth.
In addition, Steve Tolleson started as the DH, batting eighth. Tolleson entered 2-for-3 against Sabathia. Lew Ford started in left field and had just a .194 career average with Sabathia on the mound -- but he's right-handed.