New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles
Tip-off: Wednesday,May 22, 2013 – 7:00 PM ET
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland
- New York: Kuroda (6-2, 1.99 ERA)
- Baltimore: Hammel (5-2, 5.72 ERA)
The Baltimore Orioles were close to a winless homestand. However, the O’s have an opportunity to take to their game away from home on a positive note when they wrap up their series with the New York Yankees tonight.
The Orioles’ difficulties at Camden Yards have dropped the team into a tie for third with the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East, five games off the pace set by New York (28-17).
However, Baltimore (24-21) defeated the Bronx Bombers 3-2 in 10 innings Tuesday on Nate McLouth’s walkoff homer.
The victory came a night after New York rallied versus closer Jim Johnson and went on to a 6-4 win in 10 innings. Even so, Johnson pitched a perfect inning for the win Tuesday to help the Orioles snap a six-game overall losing streak and seven-game slide at home.
Baltimore now has an opportunity to wrap up its eight-game homestand with two wins before facing the Toronto Blue Jays and Washington Nationals away from home for the next six games.
Online sports betting experts consider that may be tough with the Yankees starting with Hiroki Kuroda (6-2, 1.99 ERA), who will try to win his third consecutive start and shut down the Orioles for the second time in 2013. The 38 year-old scattered two hits and one walk in eight innings of a 5-0 win versus the Blue Jays on Friday, giving him a 5-1 mark and 1.38 ERA in his past seven starts.
Kuroda notched his fifth shutout at Baltimore’s expense April 14, tossing a five-hitter in a 3-0 win.
The Japan native is 2-1 with a 1.85 ERA in three lifetime starts versus the Orioles and will be making his first appearance at Camden Yards.
Starting for the Orioles will be Jason Hammel (5-2, 5.72) who is trying to impress YouWager fans after being hit hard in his last two outings.
The right-hander allowed season worsts of seven runs and 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings of a 12-10 defeat versus the Rays on Monday, and has been reached for 13 runs and 18 hits in 8 2/3 innings in the past two appearances.