Sunday preview: O’s go for the sweep today at New York

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Orioles (58-83) at New York (91-52)

The Orioles entered their weekend series with the Yankees with just one win in their last 24 combined games at Boston and New York.

Today, with a victory, they could pick up their first three-game sweep at New York since June 6-8, 1986.

The O’s sent rookie starters to the mound the last two games, but Chris Tillman and Brian Matusz both produced wins and are a combined 2-0, 3.75 in this series.

The O’s won 10-4 Friday and 7-3 on Saturday afternoon.

This afternoon at New York, at 1:05 p.m. Jeremy Guthrie (10-13, 4.96) pitches for the Orioles vs. New York lefty CC Sabathia (16-7, 3.40).

With two wins in this series, the O’s have their first AL East road series victory of 2009. They had been 0-8-1 in such series.

The Birds offense has come to life in this series. After scoring just five runs in two games at Boston, the Orioles have 17 runs on 26 hits at New York.

Brian Roberts, who hit his 5th career Grand Slam on Saturday, is 4 for 7 in this series with 7 RBI.

The Orioles have a pair of three-game sweeps this year, taking three in a row from Toronto in May and three at Philadelphia in June. The O’s have been swept three straight seven times on the year.

With these two wins, the O’s have improved to 18-36 vs. AL East opponents and 18-35 since the All-Star break.

The Orioles have won four of their last six games and are now 10-11 over the past 21 games.

The Yankees, whose seven-game home win streak ended on Friday, still hold baseball’s best record and are 49-22 on the year at home and are 40-15 in the second-half.

This weekend the O’s have handed the Yankees a rare series loss. It’s just New York’s 5th series loss in the last 23 series.

O’s batters, the current road trip:
Andino: 3-5, 2B, rbi
Aubrey: 2-5
Fiorentino: 2-9, rbi
Izturis: 3-12, 2 rbi
Markakis: 6-16, 2 rbi
Moeller: 2-4, 2B
Mora: 1-9, 2B, rbi
Pie: 1-9, rbi
Reimold: 4-15, HR, 3 rbi
Roberts: 5-13, HR, 8 rbi, 2 2B
Rodriguez: 0-1
Scott: 3-14, 2 2B, 2 rbi
Turner: 1-3
Wieters: 5-15, 2B
Wigginton: 5-14

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