I wouldn't want to tar the reputation of a player based on one incident, but it's entirely possible that tonight's Yankees starter will pine for the days before he was in the headlines for his suspension for having a foreign substance on the field of play. After being suspended for that, Pineda then hurt himself while pitching in a rehab game. Now he's back in MLB and he surely has something to prove. He'll face a depleted Orioles lineup with a weird defensive alignment in the process.
Well, here goes nothing.
The last day that the Orioles were not in first place was July 3. Since pulling into a tie for first place in the AL East, they have a record of 22-11. Is that good or something?
|NEW YORK YANKEES||BALTIMORE ORIOLES|
|Brett Gardner - LF||Nick Markakis - RF|
|Derek Jeter - SS||Chris Davis - 3B|
|Jacoby Ellsbury - CF||Adam Jones - CF|
|Mark Teixeira - 1B||Nelson Cruz - DH|
|Carlos Beltran - DH||Delmon Young - LF|
|Chase Headley - 3B||Steve Pearce - 1B|
|Stephen Drew - 2B||Ryan Flaherty - SS|
|Martin Prado - RF||Jonathan Schoop - 2B|
|Francisco Cervelli - C||Nick Hundley - C|
|Michael Pineda - RHP||Chris Tillman - RHP|