Matinee baseball: O's at New York

Game Preview Orioles (41-52) at New York (56-37) Things are getting this rough for the Orioles. They've allowed just ten hits in two games and a team average of just .182 to the Yankees, but they have lost both games of their series at New York. This afternoon at 1:05 p.m. New York can wrap up its second three-game home sweep of the Orioles this season. Jason Berken (1-7, 6.44) pitches for the O's vs. A.J. Burnett (8-4, 3.81), New York's 82 million dollar right-hander. A loss today would drop the O's 12 games under .500 for the first time this season. They have fallen 11 games under three times at 25-36, 36-47 and 41-52. The Yankees had just four hits in Monday's 2-1 win and had just six in last night's 6-4 win. That's ten hits in 55 at bats the last two games. But O's pitching has walked 11 in the series and served up three homers. The Orioles last three losses have come by four total runs. Brian Roberts had three hits in Tuesday's loss. He is batting .433 during a seven-game batting streak. He has four doubles and 3 RBI during the streak. Roberts is 10 for 22 on this road trip. Nick Markakis, who picked up his AL-leading 10th outfield assist on Tuesday, is 8 for 21 on this trip with two homers and 4 RBI. The Orioles are 1-4 on this nine-game trip which heads to Boston after today. The O's are a combined 0-9 this year at New York and Boston. The O's are just 1-13 this season on the road vs. AL East teams and are just 2-24 in the last 26 division road contests. The Birds have lost nine in a row at New York since their last win, which was on July 29, 2008 at the old Yankee Stadium. New York has won six in a row and eight of the last nine games between these clubs. The Yankees lead the season series 8-3 and are 28-13 at home vs. Baltimore since the 2005 season. The Yankees, who can get to 20 games over .500 with a win today, are 14-5 in July. New York's 43-22 record is the best in the Major Leagues since May 8th. Orioles season leaders - multi-hit games 34 - Adam Jones 31 - Brian Roberts 30 - Nick Markakis 21 - Aubrey Huff 18 - Melvin Mora & Ty Wigginton 16 - Luke Scott 12 - Nolan Reimold 11 - Cesar Izturis 9 - Gregg Zaun 8 - Matt Wieters 7 - Felix Pie & Robert Andino
Is it Tillman time?
Today's pitchers: Berken vs. Burnett

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