Saturday, July 12, 2014

After the Baltimore Orioles took home the victory on Friday night with a walk-off win in 10 inning against the Yankees, these two teams will be back at it again on Saturday afternoon at Camden Yards for the second game of this three-game set.

Brian Roberts made his return to Baltimore last night for the first time as a member of the Yankees after spending the last 13 seasons as an Oriole. Roberts homered on the first pitch he saw, sending a solo homerun over the right field wall.

According to the Yankees' game notes, in Camden Yards' 23-year history (1992-2014), Roberts ranks first in doubles (155), second in hits (703; Markakis-728), runs scored (382; Anderson-440), triples (13; Anderson-15) and walks (286; Anderson-398), and third in games played (660; Anderson-703, Ripken-674).

Today's lineup against Baltimore:

LF Brett Gardner
SS Derek Jeter
CF Jacoby Ellsbury
1B Mark Teixeira
DH Brian McCann
RF Ichiro Suzuki
2B Brian Roberts
3B Kelly Johnson
C Francisco Cervelli

* The Yankees have added left-handed pitcher Jeff Francis to the active 25-man roster. Francis was acquired by the Yanks on Friday from the Oakland Athletics for a player to be named later. Manager Joe Girardi told reporters on Friday that he'll be a 30-40 pitch guy for the time being. In a corresponding move, Matt Daley was optioned back to Triple-A Scranton after being called up on Friday.

Pitching match up preview:

Shane Greene made his first big league start on Monday against the Cleveland Indians, and things went pretty well, as the young right-hander tossed six-innings of two-run ball, getting him his first big league victory.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Greene became the first pitcher in Yankees franchise history to
earn a win in his first Major League start while recording at least 6.0IP and allowing four-or-fewer hits
without walking a batter -- the last Yankee to do that was Darrel Rasner way back in 2006.

That outing earned Greene another, which will come this afternoon against the O's in the second game of this three-game series.

Heading into Friday, Ubaldo Jimenez was scheduled to start today's game for the Orioles, but an ankle injury landed him on the disabled list before last night's game, meaning that Chris Tillman will now get the ball today to oppose Greene and the Bombers.

Tillman has quality starts in four of his last five games and he pitched well in Washington against the Nationals on Tuesday, allowing two runs on five hits in seven innings.


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