Yankees-Orioles Preview

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

Freddy Garcia.

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

that span.

“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

him.

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

versus Garcia.

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

games.

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.