Tonight, the Orioles head to the hallowed halls of Yankee Stadium. It is a match-up of teams that have played to almost an identical record to this point.
The Yankees have a veteran righty on the mound in Hiroki Kuroda. He has struggled more this season than in years past. But he has had his way with the Orioles historically.
The Oriole have a veteran righty of their own in Ubaldo Jimenez. He has not done so well in his career against batters with the iconic "NY" on their chest.
It's obvious. The deciding factor tonight is the return of Ryan Flahrty to the lineup. He is the object of Baltimore fan's complaints and spite. But we need to look past all of those ground-outs to the right side on the infield and the strikeouts. He is "The Flahrt".
All jokes aside, Jimenez needs to pick it up tonight. The rotation has started to improve as of late. Ubaldo is late to the party. It's about to strike midnight and he will turn into a pumpkin (or go to the bullpen) if he doesn't turn it on.
For a more in-depth look check out the game preview.
|Baltimore Orioles||New York Yankees|
|RF Nick Markakis (L)||LF Brett Gardner (L)|
|DH Steve Pearce (R)||SS Derek Jeter (R)|
|CF Adam Jones (R)||CF Jacoby Ellsbury (L)|
|1B Chris Davis (L)||1B Mark Teixiera (S)|
|LF Nelson Cruz (R)||C Brian McCann (L)|
|SS J.J. Hardy (R)||DH Carlos Beltran (S)|
|3B Manny Machado (R)||RF Ichiro Suzuki (L)|
|2B Ryan Flaherty (L)||2B Brian Roberts (S)|
|C Nick Hundley (R)||3B Yangervis Solarte (S)|
|RHP Ubaldo Jimenez||RHP Hiroki Kuroda|