The Orioles certainly want to have their smooth-fielding shortstop as they prepare to get their first look at new Yankee Stadium. It's a place they'll visit often in the American League East, and they'd love to set a tone for winning baseball in the $1.5 billion venue beginning Tuesday night.
"Let's do it," manager Dave Trembley said. "It'll be different seeing the old stadium, unoccupied, right behind it. I might try to sneak in over there and see what it looks like."
The way baseballs have been flying over the wall in right field at new Yankee Stadium, the Orioles' pitching staff will need to be sharp. Baltimore went into Sunday's game at Kansas City leading the Majors in homers allowed (56). But Brad Bergesen, who will start on Tuesday, hasn't been homer-plagued. Bergesen has allowed four long balls, the fewest among those O's pitchers who have been starting regularly.
New York will enter the series having won five in a row.
"We're catching the Yankees at a time where things are clicking for them," Trembley said. "Hopefully, we can go in there and slow them down a little bit. We'll have to play very good baseball."
BAL: RHP Brad Bergesen (1-1, 5.27 ERA)
Bergesen, who took a loss against the Rays in his last outing, will be looking to get back in the win column. Bergesen allowed nine hits and four earned runs against Tampa Bay over 5 2/3 innings. Opponents have hit .348 off Bergesen in his five starts, but he has allowed just eight walks to limit the damage.
NYY: LHP CC Sabathia (3-3, 3.70 ERA)
At Rogers Centre on Thursday, Sabathia won his first game against the Blue Jays this year. He pitched eight innings, giving up two runs on five hits. He tied a season high with five walks and recorded five strikeouts. He threw 111 pitches, 65 for strikes. In his last start against the Orioles, which came on May 8 in Baltimore, Sabathia pitched a shutout and struck out eight batters.
Right-hander Koji Uehara hadn't allowed a walk in 32 1/3 innings before walking Coco Crisp in the third inning on Sunday. ... Right fielder Nick Markakis walked twice on Sunday and has reached base in 35 of Baltimore's 38 games. ... Aubrey Huff went 1-for-4 on Sunday to extend his hitting streak to eight games.
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Wednesday: Orioles (Jeremy Guthrie, 3-3, 5.21) at Yankees (Phil Hughes, 1-2, 7.56), 7:05 p.m. ET
Thursday: Orioles (Adam Eaton, 2-4, 7.93) at Yankees (Joba Chamberlain, 2-1, 3.76), 7:05 p.m. ET
Friday: Orioles (Rich Hill, 1-0, 3.18) at Nationals (TBD), 7:05 p.m. ET