Opposite dugout: With high expectations, Yankees stars off to sluggish start

Opposite dugout: With high expectations, Yankees stars off to sluggish start
Manager: Aaron Boone (1st season) Record: 4-2 Last 10 games: 4-2 Who to watch (2017 stats): OF/DH Giancarlo Stanton (59 HR, 132 RBIs with 1.007 OPS), RF Aaron Judge (52 HR, 114 RBIs with 1.049 OPS), C Gary Sánchez (33 HR, 90 RBIs), LHP CC Sabathia (14-5, 3.69 ERA), LHP Aroldis Chapman (3.22 ERA, 22 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (12-7 in 2017) Pitching probables: April 5: RHP Andrew Cashner vs. RHP Masahiro Tanaka, 6:35 p.m., MASN April 6: RHP Kevin Gausman vs. LHP CC...
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Will revival of Yankees-Red Sox rivalry be top AL East storyline?

Will revival of Yankees-Red Sox rivalry be top AL East storyline?
The trendy analysis for the American League East is that the Boston and New York are going to battle for the title, bringing back the usual intensity that goes with a Yankees-Red Sox rivalry. But when does the obvious ever happen in baseball? The Orioles, who had five consecutive .500 or better seasons before their last-place finish in 2017, will contend if they can rebuild a rotation. The Blue Jays have pitching depth and the Rays are the Rays. Predicted finish: Yankees, Orioles, Red Sox, Blue...
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Be ready early: Orioles' April schedule is brutal

Be ready early: Orioles' April schedule is brutal
When the 2018 season begins, the Orioles will be afforded no time to ease into the action. The early season schedule is tough and littered with 2017 playoff teams. Of the 15 American League teams, just five finished over .500 last year and they were all playoff teams. Cleveland won 102 games, Houston won 101 on its way to the World Series title, Boston won 93, New York won 91 and Minnesota 85. Of their first seven series of the 2018 season, the Orioles play each of those five teams once. They...
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Where the AL East stands before the Winter Meetings

Where the AL East stands before the Winter Meetings
We are not breaking any news here when we say the Orioles need starting pitching - at least three starters and certainly more - if they are going to be contenders in the 2018 American League East. The Orioles have Kevin Gausman, who pitched well in the second half after a lousy first half in 2017, and Dylan Bundy at the top of the rotation, but after that, it's all question marks. Baltimore is in catch-up mode. The New York Yankees, who unexpectedly came one win away from making the World...
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O's game blog: Can Ynoa slow the New York offense?

O's game blog: Can Ynoa slow the New York offense?
As the Orioles look to get their offense going again, tonight they face the challenge of New York Yankees right-hander Luis Severino (12-6, 2.96 ERA). Severino is third in the American League in ERA, opponents batting average (.209) and WHIP (1.05) and fourth with 211 strikeouts. He has been even better than his overall stats in the second half. The 23-year-old Severino is 7-2 with a 2.07 ERA in 11 starts since the break. That is the best ERA in the league in that time and he has given up one...
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O's game blog: O's have allowed 68 runs in six games at Yankee Stadium

O's game blog: O's have allowed 68 runs in six games at Yankee Stadium
As the Orioles begin a four-game series in the Bronx tonight, to say the least, the Orioles need to start pitching better against New York. The Orioles trail 9-6 in the season series. They have a combined 7.49 team ERA in those games and New York is batting .315/.412/.573 against Baltimore pitching with 36 homers and a team OPS of .985 in the 15 games. The Yankees have scored 120 runs in those games and that is the highest total by any team against any opponent this season. New York's 8.00...
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Opposite dugout: Division crown still within Yankees' grasp

Opposite dugout: Division crown still within Yankees' grasp
Manager: Joe Girardi (10th season) Record: 79-66 Last 10 games: 7-3 Who to watch: RF Aaron Judge (.273 with 41 HR, 90 RBIs), SS Didi Gregorius (.290 with 73 RBIs, 138 hits), LF Brett Gardner (.260 with 20 HR, 141 hits), LHP CC Sabathia (11-5, 3.85 ERA), LHP Aroldis Chapman (4-3, 18 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 9-6 Pitching probables: Sep. 14: LHP Wade Miley vs. RHP Masahiro Tanaka, 7:05 p.m., MASNSep. 15: RHP Jeremy Hellickson vs. RHP Luis Severino, 7:05 p.m., MASNSep. 16: RHP Ubaldo...
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O's game blog: Notes on Austin Hays, Alex Wells and more

O's game blog: Notes on Austin Hays, Alex Wells and more
Tonight's Orioles-Yankees game will not start on time. As of about 6:40 p.m. it was raining steadily at Oriole Park and the tarp is on the field. No start time was announced and we'll keep you posted when we hear any updates. Earlier today, the Orioles announced that Single-A Delmarva lefty Alex Wells has been named their minor league Pitcher of the Year, winning the Jim Palmer Award. The 20-year left-hander from Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia finished 11-5 with a 2.38 ERA for the...
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Opposite dugout: Yanks hold wild card, could vie for East title

Opposite dugout: Yanks hold wild card, could vie for East title
Manager: Joe Girardi (10th season) Record: 73-63 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: 2B Starlin Castro (.309), RF Aaron Judge (38 HR, 85 RBIs), C Gary Sánchez (79 RBIs, 28 HR), LF Brett Gardner (18 steals, 20 HR), SS Didi Gregorius (.290, 62 RBIs), RHP Dellin Betances (10 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 7-5 Pitching probables: Sept. 4: LHP Jordan Montgomery vs. RHP Dylan Bundy, 2:05 p.m., MASN Sept. 5: LHP CC Sabathia vs. RHP Jeremy Hellickson, 7:05 p.m., MASN Sept. 6: RHP Sonny Gray vs. RHP...
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Where the American League postseason race stands

Where the American League postseason race stands
With less than two months to go, there's not a lot of drama in the National League races. The Nationals most likely will play either the Cubs, Brewers or surging Cardinals in the Division Series, while the Dodgers will play the winner of the projected Diamondbacks-Rockies wild card game. The American League is more complex. Teams are bunched and a .500 record keeps a team thinking October. The Orioles are contenders even though they were seven games under on July 16. The Orioles' schedule...
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Opposite dugout: Yankees using youth to excel atop AL East

Opposite dugout: Yankees using youth to excel atop AL East
Manager: Joe Girardi (10th season) Record: 34-23 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: RF Aaron Judge (.330 with 18 HR, 41 RBIs); 2B Starlin Castro (.319 with 31 RBIs, 74 hits); LF Brett Gardner (.262 with 12 HR, 27 RBIs); RHP Luis Severino (4-2, 2.90 ERA); RHP Dellin Betances (3-1, 0.49 ERA). Season series vs. Orioles: 4-5 Pitching probables: June 9: RHP Dylan Bundy vs. LHP Jordan Montgomery; 7:35 p.m., MASNJune 10: RHP Chris Tillman vs. RHP Luis Severino; 7:15 p.m., FOXJune 11: RHP Kevin Gausman...
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Opposite dugout: Yankees surging since last meeting with Orioles

Opposite dugout: Yankees surging since last meeting with Orioles
Manager: Joe Girardi (10th season)Record: 29-18 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: RF Aaron Judge (.321 with 16 HR, 34 RBIs); 2B Starlin Castro (.325 with 10 2B, 62 hits); SS Didi Gregorius (.311 with 18 RBIs); RHP Luis Severino (3-2, 3.11 ERA); RHP Dellin Betances (3-1, 0.52 ERA). Season series vs. Orioles: 3-3 Pitching probables: Monday, May 29: LHP Jordan Montgomery vs. RHP Dylan Bundy, 1:05 p.m., MASNTuesday, May 30: RHP Luis Severino vs. RHP Chris Tillman, 7:05 p.m., MASNWednesday, May 31:...
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Opposite dugout: Yankees coming around as complete team to challenge O's

Opposite dugout: Yankees coming around as complete team to challenge O's
Manager: Joe Girardi (10th season) Record: 13-7 Last 10 games: 7-3 Who to watch: 2B Starlin Castro (.346/.386/.538 with 4 HR, 14 RBIs), 3B Chase Headley (.329/.420/.543), RF Aaron Judge (.988 OPS with 7 HR, 15 RBIs), LHP CC Sabathia (2-1, 2.70 ERA), LHP Aroldis Chapman (1.23 ERA, 5 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 1-2 Pitching probables: April 28: RHP Kevin Gausman vs. LHP CC Sabathia, 7:05 p.m., MASN April 29: RHP Ubaldo Jiménez vs. RHP Michael Pineda, 1:05 p.m., MASN April 30: LHP Wade...
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Opposite dugout: New-look Yankees made up of short-term pieces

Opposite dugout: New-look Yankees made up of short-term pieces
Manager: Joe Girardi (10th season) Record: 1-2 Last 10 games: 1-2 Who to watch: C Gary Sánchez (.299/.376/.657 with 20 HR, 42 RBIs), 2B Sterlin Castro (.270 with 21 HR, 70 RBIs), 1B/DH Chris Carter (41 HR, 94 RBIs), RHP Masahiro Tanaka (14-4, 3.07 ERA), LHP Arolids Chapman (1.55 ERA with 36 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (9-10 in 2016) Pitching probables: April 7: RHP Luis Severino (3-8, 5.83 ERA) vs. RHP Ubaldo Jiménez (8-12, 5.44 ERA), 7:05 p.m., MASN2 April 8: RHP...
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Offseason to-do lists for AL East teams

Offseason to-do lists for AL East teams
The Cleveland Indians haven't won a World Series since 1948 and it's going to stay that way for at least another year. The Cubs beat the Indians 8-7 in 10 innings in Game 7 of the World Series. Interesting that the Cleveland Cavaliers came back from a 3-1 deficit to win the NBA championship last June, but the Indians blew a 3-1 lead in the World Series. The Indians, who lost Game 7 of the 1997 World Series in extra innings to the Marlins, have three key free agents - Mike Napoli, Raijai...
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Opposite dugout: Yanks try to keep Birds out of postseason

Opposite dugout: Yanks try to keep Birds out of postseason
Manager: Joe Girardi (9th season) Record: 83-76 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: C Gary Sanchez (.303/.378/.672 with 20 HR, 42 RBIs), SS Didi Gregorius (.275 with 20 HR, 69 RBIs), 2B Starlin Castro (.272 with 21 HR, 70 RBIs), RHP Masahiro Tanaka (14-4, 3.07 ERA), RHP Michael Pineda (6-11, 4.58 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: 8-8 Pitching probables: Sept. 30: RHP Yovani Gallardo vs. RHP Michael Pineda, 7:05 p.m., MASNOct. 1: LHP Wade Miley vs. RHP Masahiro Tanaka, 4:05 p.m., MASNOct. 2: RHP...
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Opposite dugout: Baby Boomers keeping Yankees in contention

Opposite dugout: Baby Boomers keeping Yankees in contention
Manager: Joe Girardi (9th season) Record: 69-63 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: C Gary Sanchez (.374/.441/.798 with 11 HR, 21 RBIs), SS Didi Gregorius (.286 with 19 HR, 64 RBIs), 2B Starlin Castro (.269 with 19 HR, 64 RBIs), RHP Chad Green (2-3, 4.09 ERA), RHP Dellin Betances (2.12 ERA, 0.97 WHIP) Season series vs. Orioles: 7-6 Pitching probables: Sept. 2: RHP Chad Green vs. RHP Dylan Bundy, 7:05 p.m., MASN Sept. 3: LHP CC Sabathia vs. RHP Kevin Gausman, 7:05 p.m., MASN Sept. 4: RHP Michael...
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Showalter on Gausman, Trumbo on No. 40 and more clubhouse quotes

Showalter on Gausman, Trumbo on No. 40 and more clubhouse quotes
NEW YORK - Considering that the New York Yankees had torched Orioles pitching for 27 runs on 36 hits the past two days, throwing a shutout this afternoon was a nice upgrade. And, it provided a much-needed Orioles win. Right-hander Kevin Gausman gave up seven hits and fanned nine over seven innings as the Orioles beat the Yankees 5-0 to avoid a sweep and record their fifth shutout. Gausman improved to 6-10 with a 3.73 ERA and has thrown 13 scoreless his past two starts. He is 1-1 with an ERA of...
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Davis on blowout losses, Hunter on O's reunion (O's win, 5-0)

Davis on blowout losses, Hunter on O's reunion (O's win, 5-0)
NEW YORK - The Orioles have suffered two blowout losses at Yankee Stadium the last two days. While all losses count the same, they may not feel the same. Orioles first baseman Chris Davis seemed to agree with that sentiment when I asked him this morning about the recent run of blowout losses. "We don't like it," Davis said. "It is one thing to get beat and it's one thing to kind of get your face rubbed in it. It can be something that really unites a team and ignites a fire. I think with...
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Orioles sign Tommy Hunter, recall Oliver Drake (updated)

Orioles sign Tommy Hunter, recall Oliver Drake (updated)
The Orioles added two more pitchers to the active roster today, including Tommy Hunter, their former set-up man and closer who signed as a free agent after the Indians released him last week. Oliver Drake has been recalled from Triple-A Norfolk, the latest changes to a bullpen that's stayed busy in New York. The lineup card no longer lists left-hander T.J. McFarland, who apparently has been optioned, and outfielder Julio Borbon, who's out of options and must have been designated for...
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