Orioles-Yankees Preview

The New York Yankees have been on a roll since they last faced

the Baltimore Orioles’ Chris Tillman. They’ll try for a season-high

sixth straight win Saturday when they face the visiting Orioles,

who have won eight straight outings by Tillman.

New York (47-39) fell four games behind second-place Baltimore

(48-39) in the AL East after getting swept in three games at Camden

Yards last weekend. The Yankees have bounced back by matching their

longest win streak of the year to move within one-half game of the

Orioles.

Baltimore’s sweep was capped by a 4-2 victory Sunday in which

Tillman (10-2, 3.68 ERA) gave up two runs over six innings to win

his sixth start in a row. He’s 7-0 with a 3.86 ERA in his past

eight outings.

The right-hander has gone 6-0 with a 2.76 ERA in seven road

starts, but he has a poor history in the Bronx, going 2-2 with a

9.95 ERA that’s his worst mark in any ballpark in which he’s

pitched more than once.

Robinson Cano homered off Tillman last weekend and is 10 for 19

against him overall.

Cano is hitless in seven at-bats since a torrid six-game stretch

in which he went 14 for 24 with four homers and 10 RBIs. He was

intentionally walked twice in a 3-2 victory Friday.

“He’s one of the best players in the game, no disrespect to

anybody hitting behind him,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter

said.

The Yankees ended a five-game losing streak to the Orioles by

rallying Friday to open this three-game set. They scored twice in

the ninth off closer Jim Johnson, with Vernon Wells singling in the

winning run past a drawn-in infield.

“It’s good,” Wells said. “Momentum’s on our side. This is a fun

one. We needed one of these.”

Baltimore also lost 3-2 on Thursday in the bottom of the ninth

when it surrendered a tiebreaking homer to Chicago’s Adam Dunn.

New York is batting .237 against Baltimore, scoring more than

three runs twice in 10 meetings.

The Orioles, though, have struck out at least 10 times in three

straight games for the first time. They struck out 11 times Friday

against Ivan Nova, who pitched a three-hitter.

“It’s easy to say you’re running into some good pitching, but

you do every night in the big leagues,” Showalter said. “We’ve got

lot of guys capable of swinging it better and giving us some margin

for error.”

Baltimore will get its first look at Andy Pettitte (5-6, 4.40)

since beating him in Game 2 of the division series last year.

Pettitte gave up three runs over seven innings of that 3-2 defeat

Oct. 8.

The left-hander, however, has gone 7-0 with a 2.87 ERA in his

last 10 regular-season outings against the Orioles. He has 27

regular-season wins over them, second all-time behind Whitey Ford’s

30 since the franchise moved to Baltimore in 1954.

Major league home run leader Chris Davis is 4 for 11 against

Pettitte, including postseason. Davis has hit .353 with five homers

and nine RBIs in the season series to help Baltimore take six of

10.