Some Orioles-Yankees pregame notes (game update)

Some pregame notes to ponder as the Orioles meet the Yankees tonight in New York:

* The Orioles went 5-13 vs. the Yankees last year. They are 4-5 in 2012 and a win tonight would match their win total of all of last year. The Orioles have won four of their last five games against the Yankees after starting the season 0-4.

* The Orioles went 2-7 last season at Yankee Stadium and this year, they are 3-1 there, outscoring New York 18-7. Since a 2-1 loss in their first game there this year, they have won three road games in a row vs. the Yankees by a combined 17-5 score. The last time the Orioles won four games in a season series in New York was 2007 when they went 4-5.

* The Orioles have now won nine straight games decided by one run. They have a major league-best 20-6 record in one-run games. There are just three teams in the majors playing better than .600 ball in one-run games: the Orioles at .769 (20-6), Cleveland at .714 (15-6) and Atlanta .667 (16-8). The Orioles’ last loss in a one-run game was a 4-3 defeat to the Mets June 20.

* Over his last four games, Omar Quintanilla is 8-for-15 with two doubles, a homer and two RBIs. He is 11-for-22 with four multi-hit games during a six-game batting streak.

* Over his last eight games, J.J. Hardy is 10-for-30 with a homer and eight RBIs.

* Chris Tillman has won his last two starts, posting a 2.13 ERA in those two outings. The two wins marked the first time in Tillman’s 40 career starts that he has won consecutive decisions.

* Since scoring three runs total over a three-game stretch, the Orioles have scored 27 runs the last five games for an average of 5.4. They have nine doubles and seven homers with a team batting average of .301 in that stretch.

* Of the Orioles’ remaining 59 games, 49 of them are against teams that are currently leading their division (Yankees, Rangers and White Sox) or are within 4.5 games in the wild card race (Tigers, Angels, Athletics, Rays, Red Sox and Blue Jays).

Wild start in the Bronx: What a crazy first two innings at Yankee Stadium. After Chris Tillman gave up five runs in the first inning, the Orioles scored seven runs to take a 7-5 lead in the second. That inning featured three clutch two-out hits, including the first grand slam for Chris Davis, a Mark Reynolds RBI double and an Omar Quintanilla two-run single. Quintanilla now has 12 hits over his last 23 at-bats.

Over his last six games, counting tonight, Davis is 9-for-23 with three homers and 10 RBIs. The O’s took a 7-5 lead to the third inning tonight.

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