American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, April 13th
(All times eastern)
Baltimore Orioles (5-5) at New York Yankees (5-4), 4:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Baltimore - Jason Hammel (1-1, 4.97)
New York - Phil Hughes (0-1, 6.75)
(Sports Network) - Due to consecutive rainouts this week, Phil Hughes has had
plenty of rest. The right-hander steps to the mound on Saturday for the first
time in a week and will try to help the Yankees win their fifth straight game.
The way New York's offense has been playing of late, Hughes could get a big
boost, which may erase the memory of a loss in his initial start of 2012. The
Yankees have posted 37 runs in the last four games, including a 5-2 victory
Hughes, who began 2013 on the disabled list with a back problem, lasted four-
plus innings last Saturday in an 8-4 loss at Detroit. In that game, he allowed
eight hits and four runs -- three earned -- while compiling four strikeouts.
Hughes didn't walk a batter.
During his career, Hughes has fashioned a 6-4 mark with a 5.10 ERA in 17 games
(14 starts) against the Orioles.
The Yankees had games rained out Wednesday and Thursday in Cleveland. Andy
Pettitte's back injury moved up Hughes' spot in the rotation one day. Hiroki
Kuroda, the original starter for Saturday, was pushed back to Sunday.
Baltimore righty Jason Hammel will also try to bounce back from a defeat
Saturday. Hammel gave up four hits and as many runs over 6 2/3 innings in a
Sunday loss to the Twins. He's 1-3 with a 6.20 ERA in 14 games (8 starts) when
facing the Yankees.
Adam Jones' fielding error with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh
inning allowed the deciding runs to score in last night's game. Jones couldn't
handle a deep fly ball off the bat of Vernon Wells with two outs and the score
tied at 2-2, with CC Sabathia and Mariano Rivera protecting the lead over the
final two innings.
The duo was aided by a triple play from the Yankees' defense that ended an
Orioles' threat in the eighth.
"It was huge," said Yankees shortstop Jayson Nix of the rare feat. "CC was
trying to get through that inning and they scored on him the inning before, so
it was perfect timing."
Manny Machado went 2-for-4 with an RBI for Baltimore, which entered the set
off a pair of wins at Boston, with J.J. Hardy also contributing a run-scoring
single in defeat.
The Yankees had just one on and two out in the bottom of the seventh before
Kevin Youkilis was intentionally walked and Baltimore reliever Troy Patton hit
Travis Hafner with a pitch to fill the sacks. Vernon Wells followed with a
drive to straightaway center that Jones was able to get a read on near the
warning track, but had the ball pop out of his glove as all three runners
crossed the plate to break the 2-2 deadlock.
"You could say whatever you want," Jones said. "I was there. Didn't catch it.
Cost my team the game. Trust me, it's quite frustrating. Some days you're the
hero, some days you're the goat."
The teams split 18 meeting last regular season.
04/13 10:27:03 ET