Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 4/8)

Game 1: Monday, April 7
NY Yankees4
Game 2: Tuesday, April 8
NY Yankees5
Game 3: Wednesday, April 9
NY Yankees4

Orioles 14

(3-5, 2-3 away)

Yankees 5

(4-4, 1-1 home)

    Coverage:  YES

    1:05 PM ET, April 8, 2014

    Yankee Stadium, New York, New York 

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    BAL 310304030 14 20 0
    NYY 100300010 5 13 0

    W: W. Chen (1-1)

    L: I. Nova (1-1)

    Orioles-Yankees Preview


    Although they've gone on an early run behind some solid pitching, the New York Yankees will have to adjust with closer David Robertson headed to the disabled list.

    The Baltimore Orioles aren't getting much out of their pitching staff -- particularly the rotation -- during their early slide.

    Ivan Nova will try to pitch the Yankees to their fifth win in six games as Wei-Yin Chen looks to keep the Orioles from dropping their sixth in seven games Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.

    Since allowing nine runs and four homers in a pair of season-opening losses at Houston, New York (4-3) has recorded a 2.86 ERA while giving up a total of four homers during a 4-1 stretch.

    Hiroki Kuroda became the latest Yankee hurler to shine, surrendering two runs over 6 1/3 innings before the bullpen stepped up with 2 2/3 hitless frames in a 4-2 victory over Baltimore (2-5) in Monday's home opener.

    New York, however, took a big hit when Robertson suffered a strained groin just three appearances into his role as Mariano Rivera's replacement. He felt discomfort Sunday in the ninth inning of a 6-4 win at Toronto, his second save in three outings.

    "It's really disappointing," Robertson said after Shawn Kelley earned his first career save Monday. "I would've loved to have been out there pitching the ninth today, especially on opening day here."

    Nova (1-0, 3.18 ERA) will try to make things easier on the depleted bullpen after he allowed two runs over 5 2/3 innings in a 4-2 victory at Houston on Thursday. The right-hander overcame five walks by inducing four double plays.

    "This could have been a game where he gave up a lot of runs without those double play balls," manager Joe Girardi said. "He made big pitches when he had to."

    Now Nova will go after his third consecutive complete game at home against Baltimore after striking out 16 and limiting the Orioles to two runs and six hits to win both meetings at Yankee Stadium in 2013.

    Those kinds of pitching performances have been sparse for the Orioles, whose starters have posted a 6.82 ERA and coughed up six home runs while losing five of six and lasting past six innings just once in that span.

    Chen (0-1, 6.35) hopes to regroup after allowing four runs and 12 hits over 5 2/3 innings of a 4-3 home loss to Boston on Thursday. However, he's gone 0-3 with a 6.83 ERA while allowing seven homers in his last five starts against the Yankees.

    Alfonso Soriano (3 for 4) and Brett Gardner (5 for 9) have fared well against the left-hander, though Derek Jeter is just 3 for 14 with a home run in the matchup. Jeter went 1 for 4 with a double in his final home opener Monday.

    Yangervis Solarte has been the team's biggest surprise, going 9 for 20 with four doubles and six RBIs. Jacoby Ellsbury also has found a groove, going 9 for 18 in his last four games.

    Baltimore's Matt Wieters has hit .379 with four homers in 29 career at-bats against Nova, while slugger Chris Davis has batted .348 with three home runs in 23 at-bats.

    The Orioles, though, could be without J.J. Hardy for a third straight game because of back spasms.

    "He's better than he was yesterday," manager Buck Showalter said Monday.

    Baltimore is hitting .231 with three homers while averaging just 3.1 runs.

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    Gameday Matchup

     BaltimoreNew York
    Current StreakW1W1
    Last 104-66-4

    Pitching Matchup

    BaltimoreNew York
    W. Chen
    16-6, 3.54 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/27 at TOR
    6.0 IP, 2 ER
    Dec = Loss
    I. Nova
    2-2, 8.27 ERA

    Last Game:
    4/19 at TB
    4.0 IP, 8 ER
    Dec = Loss

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.BaltimoreNew York
    1. N. Markakis, RF B. Gardner, LF
    2. D. Young, DH D. Jeter, SS
    3. C. Davis, 1B J. Ellsbury, CF
    4. A. Jones, CF C. Beltran, RF
    5. M. Wieters, C A. Soriano, DH
    6. N. Cruz, LF B. McCann, C
    7. S. Lombardozzi, 2B F. Cervelli, 1B
    8. R. Flaherty, SS B. Roberts, 2B
    9. J. Schoop, 3B Y. Solarte, 3B

    Research Notes

    Alfonso Soriano hit his 407th career HR, tying him with Duke Snider for 50th on the all-time list.
    This is just the 2nd time since moving to Baltimore that the Orioles have had 20 or more hits in a game AT the Yankees. The other instance came June 8, 1986.
    From Elias: Yangervis Solarte is the 3rd Yankee with 11 hits in his first 6 MLB starts. The others are Elston Howard (1955) and Allie Clark (1947) -- both also had 11.
    From Elias: The 14 runs by the Orioles today are the most by a Buck Showalter-managed team ever against the Yankees (101 regular-season games).
    The Orioles scored 14 runs Tuesday, tied for their third most in any road game against the Yankees in team history.
    From Elias: Yangervis Solarte is the first player in baseball's Modern Era (since 1900) with 6 doubles in his first 7 career MLB games.

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