Baltimore Orioles vs. New York Yankees
Tip-off: Friday, April 12, 2013 – 7:05 PM ET
Yankee Stadium, New York, NY
- Baltimore: Gonzalez (1-0, 2.84 ERA)
- New York: Sabathia (1-1, 3.00 ERA)
Last baseball season, the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles battled for 162 games for the AL East title before going the distance in a what YouWager experts consider an unforgettable, closely contested division series.
CC Sabathia closed out Baltimore in 2012, and the 32 year-old will be starting for the Yankees tonight when these foes meet for the first time since the postseason in the opener of a weekend series at Yankee Stadium.
The Yanks (4-4) took the division crown by two games versus the O’s after these teams were tied with three left.
Baltimore (5-4) trailed New York by as many as 10 games before roaring back to create a final month of drama that was surpassed by the Bronx Bombers’ five-game division series win versus the Orioles.
These MLB teams split the first two games at Camden Yards before New York took Game 3 in 12 innings, and Baltimore responded with a 13-inning won the next night. That set the stage for Sabathia’s four-hitter as he struck out nine in a Yankees’ 3-1 win in Game 5.
Sabathia (1-1, 3.00 ERA) will try to assist the Yanks post a fourth straight win. The lefty was incredible Sunday while outdueling Justin Verlander, allowing four hits over seven innings in a 7-0 win versus the Detroit Tigers.
Baltimore will arrive with sizzling Adam Jones. The center fielder delivered the tiebreaking RBI double in the seventh inning of Thursday’s 3-2 victory versus the Boston Red Sox, and he’s hit safely in every game this season while going 18 for 39 (.462) with 10 RBIs and 11 runs scored.
Starting for the O’s will be Miguel Gonzalez (1-0, 2.84) after allowing two runs over 6 1/3 innings last Thursday in a 6-3 win versus the Tampa Bay Rays in his season debut.
Last year the Mexico native faced New York three times as a rookie, all in the Bronx. The right-hander went 2-0 with a 2.63 ERA in the regular-season outings before yielding one run over seven innings in Game 3.
Robinson Cano is 0 for 9 with no walks against Gonzalez overall.