Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Monday night in Baltimore, the most exciting part of the New York Yankees' 4-2 loss to the Baltimore Orioles was a first inning scramble between both side's manager, Joe Girardi and Buck Showalter. After arguing for a few second between innings, both manager had to be restrained by the umpires.

As for the game, CC Sabathia gave the Yankees seven plus innings, but giving up four-runs on seven hits wasn't enough to lead the Yankees to victory. Alex Rodriguez and Lyle Overbay were the entire Yankee offense, with both slugging solo homeruns to right field off of O's starter Chris Tillman.

With every game becoming more important than the last, the Yankees really need to get things back on track tonight in Baltimore, having lost four of their last five games after losing three of four against the Boston Red Sox this past weekend in the Bronx.

"This is obviously an important four-game series, because they're trying to do what we're trying to do. They're trying to get back in the mix of things," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "They played well the past four days, and it's an important series, but every series is important for us the rest of the way out."

Tonight's Lineup vs Baltimore:

Gardner CF
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Soriano LF
Granderson DH
Reynolds 1B
Suzuki RF
Nunez SS
Stewart C
Nova RHP

Pitching Preview:

Looking to get back on track along with the Yankees is right-hander Ivan Nova, who's been shaky in his last couple of starts are posting a 5-0 record with an ERA just above two in the month of August on his way to being named AL Pitcher of the Month.

He's looking to rebound in Baltimore after failing to go at least six innings for the first time since April 26th, when he gave up three-runs on five hits in just four inning against the Red Sox on Thursday. In three appearance (two starts) against the O's this season, Nova is 2-0 with a 1.52 ERA, including a complete-game shutout on August 31st at Yankee Stadium.

"I remember in the past we had tough games, and I really enjoy those games. Those are the days that I put everything I got on. Those days, you've got to go out and get a win for your team," Nova said. "After you get a win for your team in a situation like that, you feel special. I'm looking forward to tomorrow, and like I said, get a win for the team."

Opposing the Yankees on the mound for Baltimore is right-hander Miguel Gonzalez, who's coming off a quality start against the White Sox last week after tossing seven innings of one-run ball, snapping a four-game losing streak.

In 11 starts at Camden Yards this season, Gonzalez 6-2 with a 3.80 ERA, seven of which have been quality starts.


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