It’s an AL East battle on Sunday Night Baseball as the Orioles host the Yankees.
New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles (-121, 8.5)
TILLMAN ON FIRE
Chris Tillman is 9-2 with a 3.72 ERA for the Orioles. He has won six of his last seven starts and he is 5-0 in the month of June. The righty has given up just 10 runs in those five starts this month with wins coming over the hard-hitting Tigers and Red Sox. Tillman has had a bit of a control issue in his last three starts; he has a negative 10/11 strikeout/walk ratio. He has not faced the Bronx Bombers since September 2nd when he allowed 2 runs and two hits in three innings in an 8-3 Baltimore win. Tillman hasn’t seen the Yankees at home since September 19th, 2010 when he gave up six walks in just over three innings.
KURODA KEEPS ON GOING
Hiroki Kuroda is 7-5 with a 2.77 ERA. He has held opposing hitters to a .200 batting average over his last three starts which came against the Dodgers, Rangers, and Athletics. He has not won a road start in his last four chances picking up two losses and two no-decisions. He pitched in Baltimore back on May 22nd and gave up 5 runs and eight hits in two innings. Kuroda has been able to pitch into the sixth inning in six straight starts.
The Yankees continue to have numerous big names on their injury list. Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson, Derek Jeter and Kevin Youkilis are all out as well as Michael Pineda and Francisco Cervelli. Pineda is on a rehab assignment and he could be back after the All-Star break. A-Rod is ready to start a rehab assignment with Jeter aiming to return in July as well. Granderson could be back next week after fracturing his pinkie finger.
Baltimore's injury list is short and about to get shorter with Brian Roberts most likely being activated on Sunday. Wei-Yin Chen is dealing with an oblique injury, while Wilson Betemit has a knee injury that may keep him out until the end of July.
Yankees are 0-4 in Kuroda’s last 4 road starts
Yankees are 34-15-2 Under in Kuroda’s last 51 starts
Orioles are 21-8 in Tillman’s last 29 starts
Orioles are 3-1-1 Over in their last 5 Sunday games
HITTERS TO WATCH
Robinson Cano 8-for-16 vs. Tillman
Ichiro Suzuki 1-for-10 vs. Tillman
Nate McLouth 3-for-22 vs. Kuroda
J.J. Hardy 2-for-14 vs. Kuroda