American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, July 31st
(All times eastern)
Baltimore Orioles (54-49) at New York Yankees (60-42), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Baltimore - Chris Tillman (3-1, 1.66)
New York - Ivan Nova (10-4, 4.08)
(Sports Network) - The Baltimore Orioles try to get even closer to the New
York Yankees in the American League East standings this evening when they
continue a three-game set at Yankee Stadium.
Baltimore narrowed its deficit to 6 1/2 games by winning Monday's opener, as
Nick Markakis drove in two runs among three hits, Wilson Betemit homered and
the Orioles held on for a 5-4 victory.
Miguel Gonzalez (3-2) gave up four runs on six hits, including a trio of solo
home runs, in 6 2/3 innings. The rookie right-hander struck out eight and
issued no walks.
Jim Johnson stranded two men in scoring position in the ninth to record his
31st save of the season. Johnson surrendered a leadoff double to Nick Swisher
and walked Eric Chavez with one out. After Ichiro Suzuki grounded into a
fielder's choice and stole second, Johnson fanned Russell Martin to end the
"Our hitting was great tonight," Gonzalez said. "(Matt) Wieters did a great
job back there. Obviously, I kept the team in the game, a couple mistakes hurt
me, but good thing we won it."
Chavez, Suzuki and Raul Ibanez homered for New York, which has dropped eight
of 11. Chavez added an RBI single.
Freddy Garcia (4-5) allowed three runs on nine hits over six frames to absorb
his 100th career loss.
To make maters worse New York first baseman Mark Teixeira left the game in the
eighth with a left wrist injury. He suffered the injury diving for a ball and
will have an MRI Tuesday.
"I'm not crazy concerned because I've tried to play through it," Teixeira
said. "It's one of those things if you really hurt yourself bad you're out and
you can't do much. I was kind of nursing it today when I was swinging.
Hopefully it's just a couple of days and I can get back out there."
Heading to the hill for the Orioles will be righty Chris Tillman, who has been
terrific in winning three of his four starts, while pitching to a 1.66 ERA.
Tillman beat the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday and gave up two runs and five hits
in six innings.
"Tilly's a tough guy," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "He competes.
There's a lot of things to like about him. And I think, hopefully, he's
starting to grasp that."
He is 1-3 in five starts versus the Yankees with an 8.71 ERA.
New York, meanwhile, will rely on righty Ivan Nova, who is 10-4 with a 4.08
ERA. Nova did not get a decision on Wednesday in Seattle, but struggled with
his command, despite giving up two runs and two hits in five innings, as he
walked six batters.
"I didn't really have my fastball command today," Nova said afterward. "I fell
behind the hitters the whole game. Six walks; it wasn't a good day for me."
He has allowed three or fewer runs in 10 of his last 11 outings dating back to
June 6, but has won just one time in his last seven starts.
Nova has faced the O's seven times and is 3-1 against them with a 4.50 ERA.
New York has won five of its nine meetings with the Orioles this season, but
Baltimore is 3-1 in the Bronx.
07/31 10:31:00 ET