CC Sabathia isn’t bothered by having an unexpected extra day of
rest, and it may affect the struggling Baltimore Orioles more.
Sabathia’s New York Yankees will also see a familiar face in
The Yankees make their first trip to Camden Yards since last
year’s playoffs when they try to hand the Orioles a sixth straight
loss Monday night.
Scheduled to pitch Sunday’s finale of a home series with
Toronto, Sabathia (4-3, 3.19 ERA) had that outing postponed by
rain. He is winless in his last three starts despite a 2.76 ERA in
“I’m not very intense before I pitch, so either way, I wasn’t
really worried about it,” Sabathia told the Yankees’ official
website. “They were saying there was a chance we wouldn’t play, but
you always want to get ready and make sure.”
Only teammate Andy Pettitte has won more regular-season games as
a visiting pitcher at Camden Yards than Sabathia, who is 10-3 with
a 3.38 ERA in 15 starts there. That doesn’t include Game 1 of last
year’s division series in which he came within one out of a
complete game in a 7-2 win.
The left-hander also pitched a four-hitter with nine strikeouts
in a 3-1 victory in Game 5, and has won three straight overall
against Baltimore (23-20) after allowing one run over eight innings
April 12 in a 5-2 home win.
Orioles newcomer Alexi Casilla is 14 for 24 against Sabathia,
but he hasn’t started during his club’s losing streak.
Garcia (0-2, 5.51), meanwhile, is facing the Yankees (27-16) for
the first time since going 19-14 with a 4.29 ERA in 42 starts over
the previous two seasons with them. New York did not opt to re-sign
The 36-year-old right-hander was released by San Diego on March
24, and signed with the Orioles five days later. He has lost both
home starts this season, yielding four runs over 3 2-3 innings
Wednesday in an 8-4 loss to the Padres.
Garcia has had his share of problems with Travis Hafner, who is
15 for 33 with four homers against him. Robinson Cano is 2 for 15
Cano hit two two-run homers in Saturday’s 7-2 win over the Blue
Jays. He’s a career .364 hitter at Camden Yards – his highest mark
in any current AL park in which he has played more than three
Baltimore is trying to avoid losing seven straight at home for
the first time since an 11-game slide Aug. 22-Sept. 7, 2007.
“It’s tough but it’s still early,” right fielder Nick Markakis
said. “Any good team is gonna go through their rough stretches and
hopefully we’ll get this one out of the way and we’ll move on.”
Shortstop J.J. Hardy, 7 for 17 against Sabathia in the regular
season, went 0 for 4 in Sunday’s 3-1 loss to Tampa Bay to end his
13-game hitting streak. He batted .360 in that run.
The Orioles struck out 21 times, walked twice and totaled seven
runs in losing two of three at Yankee Stadium last month.
New York will debut infielder Reid Brignac, acquired late
Saturday from Colorado.