All cars be advised: Delmon Young is playing in the field tonight. I repeat, Delmon Young is playing in the field tonight. Why would he do such a thing when we could instead have Chris Davis play first base and Steve Pearce in right field, with Young in the DH spot? Someone knows the answer, perhaps, but not me.
As I sit here in the Camden Yards press box, it doesn't look like much of a fun night for baseball, but there's still about 1:15 to go until first pitch as of this writing, so perhaps things will improve from this rainy mess. Elsewhere, a person whose salaried job is to cover sports just uttered the phrase, "I had to take a wicked shit." So you know it's serious business in here.
The Orioles and Yankees have identical 3-4 records entering this game, so one team will ascend to .500 while another will fall farther down. It's going to be CC Sabathia and Miguel Gonzalez as your starting pitchers.
Not many Yankees have seen a whole lot of Gonzalez, and the one who's faced him the most, Brett Gardner, isn't playing tonight due to the injury he suffered when being hit by a Wei-Yin Chen pitch. Carlos Beltran has a home run in three at-bats. A few Orioles have seen a good bit of Sabathia, including Adam Jones, who has 17 hits in 56 at-bats, including four doubles, a triple, and three home runs.
None of which means he'll do anything good tonight, but he could well be the best bet to do something good tonight. That's true of Jones and the Orioles lineup most nights, really. He's good.
|NEW YORK YANKEES||BALTIMORE ORIOLES|
|Jacoby Ellsbury - CF||Everth Cabrera - SS|
|Chase Headley - 3B||Manny Machado - 3B|
|Carlos Beltran - RF||Adam Jones - CF|
|Mark Teixeira - 1B||Steve Pearce - 1B|
|Brian McCann - C||Delmon Young - RF|
|Garrett Jones - DH||Chris Davis - DH|
|Chris Young - LF||Jonathan Schoop - 2B|
|Stephen Drew - 2B||Caleb Joseph - C|
|Didi Gregorius - SS||Alejandro De Aza - LF|
|CC Sabathia - LHP||Miguel Gonzalez - RHP|