|BALTIMORE ( JIMENEZ )|
NY YANKEES ( KURODA )
|955||BALTIMORE||+130||Ov 8.5,-115||+125||Ov 8,-105|
|956||NY YANKEES||-140||Un 8.5,-105||-135||Un 8,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||1-3||-1.6||2-2||3.7||0.225||0.277||6.0||0.321||0.358|
|Past 7 Games||2-4||-1.7||2-4||3.3||0.229||0.276||4.8||0.318||0.354|
|vs Right-handed Starters||2-3||-1.9||2-3||3.2||0.262||0.328||4.0||0.224||0.265|
|Past 7 Games||3-3||-0.9||2-4||3.3||0.255||0.324||3.7||0.221||0.275|
|4/4/2014||GONZALEZ(R)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||4-10||L||150||8 ev||O||7||7||0||17||8||1|
|4/5/2014||NORRIS(R)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)||6-7||L||120||8.5 un||O||10||6||0||13||7||1|
|4/6/2014||TILLMAN(R)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)||3-1||W||135||7.5 un||U||8||7||0||5||5||0|
|4/7/2014||JIMENEZ(R)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|4/8/2014||CHEN(L)||@ NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)|| |
|4/9/2014||GONZALEZ(R)||@ NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)|| |
|4/14/2014|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|4/1/2014||SABATHIA(L)||@ HOUSTON||FELDMAN(R)||2-6||L||-140||8.5 ev||U||6||8||1||9||4||0|
|4/2/2014||KURODA(R)||@ HOUSTON||COSART(R)||1-3||L||-160||8.5 un||U||7||8||1||4||5||0|
|4/3/2014||NOVA(R)||@ HOUSTON||OBERHOLTZER(L)||4-2||W||-145||8 ov||U||7||6||0||6||7||0|
|4/4/2014||TANAKA(R)||@ TORONTO||MCGOWAN(R)||7-3||W||-130||8.5 un||O||16||11||1||6||5||1|
|4/5/2014||PINEDA(R)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)||0-4||L||130||9 un||U||7||10||0||8||4||0|
|4/6/2014||SABATHIA(L)||@ TORONTO||HUTCHISON(R)||6-4||W||110||8.5 un||O||9||7||0||9||6||0|
|BALTIMORE: BALTIMORE (AP) - The transformation of the Baltimore Orioles clubhouse under manager Buck Showalter is complete.|
No longer do the Orioles hope to win. They expect it.
When Showalter took over in July 2010, he inherited a team with the worst record in the majors. Having gone without a winning season since 1997, Baltimore could only hope Showalter's knack for orchestrating quick turnarounds would take hold in a town that had switched its allegiance from baseball to football.
By 2012, the Orioles were back. Baltimore won 93 games, beat Texas in the wild-card matchup and took the New York Yankees to the limit before falling in the AL division series.
After missing the postseason last year, the Orioles are poised for a return. They maintained the nucleus of a team that went 85-77 and was in contention to the final week, then added right-handed starter Ubaldo Jimenez and slugger Nelson Cruz to an already potent lineup that led the majors in home runs in 2013.
''When you have talent, you have confidence,'' right fielder Nick Markakis said. ''Put them together and good things usually happen. We've got that right now. We know we have a good team and we're going to roll with it.''
Although Jimenez and Cruz didn't come aboard until after the start of spring training, Showalter never wavered in his belief that the Orioles would challenge the defending champion Boston Red Sox and retooled Yankees in the AL East.
''I felt that way whether or not we added Nelson and Jimenez,'' he said. ''That's a poor reflection on me and my staff if we thought we needed more to win.''
|NY YANKEES: NEW YORK (AP) - Derek Jeter is saying goodbye. Masahiro Tanaka is saying hello.|
Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran are new to the Bronx; David Robertson is new to the closer's role. And Alex Rodriguez is nowhere to be seen.
Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte have retired, and Robinson Cano has moved to Seattle.
After missing the playoffs for only the second time in 19 years, the New York Yankees will look a whole lot different. And for the first time since 1998, they don't have baseball's highest payroll.
''I think it is probably the biggest transition I've been through,'' manager Joe Girardi says.
For only the second time in team history and the first time since 1947, every position on opening day other than the mound will be manned by a different Yankees player on opening day than in New York's previous opener.
New York's forgettable 2013 season began with an 8-2 loss to Boston, with Kevin Youkilis at first, Cano at second, Eduardo Nunez at shortstop, Jayson Nix at third, Francisco Cervelli behind the plate, Vernon Wells in left, Brett Gardner in center and Ichiro Suzuki in right.
The only holdover for Tuesday's opener at Houston figures to be Gardner, who has shifted to left. The rest of the starting lineup figures to have McCann behind the plate, Mark Teixeira at first, Brian Roberts at second, Jeter at shortstop, Kelly Johnson at third, Ellsbury in center and Beltran in right.
CC Sabathia will be the constant on the mound. He's coming off the poorest of his 13 major league seasons at 14-13 with a 4.78 ERA.
''Nobody wants to go through that again,'' he says. ''It sticks with me a lot. Just being disappointed in not being able to help this team win. I feel like if I could have been a little better we might have made the playoffs. I blamed myself for a long time in the offseason and now I'm over it and ready to go this year.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (BALTIMORE-NY YANKEES) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Orioles-Yankees Preview* =========================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Baltimore (1-4) at New York (2-3), 1:05 p.m. EDT
While New York Yankees home openers have often proved special through the years, the 2014 one will likely carry a little more significance.
That's because Yankees captain Derek Jeter will play his final one in what's been a storied 20 seasons in pinstripes Monday against the Baltimore Orioles.
Jeter has said this will be his final season, and he was already feted with gifts in the club's opening series in Houston. The shortstop, who turns 40 on June 26, didn't get too many from opposing pitchers in his first four games, going 2 for 11 before singling twice in a 6-4 win in Toronto on Sunday.
The second hit was the 3,320th of his career and moved him past Paul Molitor for eighth on the all-time list.
Jeter will be reunited with the three other members of the "Core Four" that helped add five World Series title to the franchise's already abundant collection. Yankees legends Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte are scheduled to throw out first pitches to Jeter and former catcher Jorge Posada.
Jeter's parents, Charles and Dorothy, are also expected to be in attendance.
"There's always something special about Opening Day," manager Joe Girardi told the team's official website. "To know that it's your last one, I think it will mean a lot."
A more welcoming crowd might pull Jeter fully out of that slow start after an injury-plagued 2013. He was limited to just 17 games because of various ailments and was shut down for good Sept. 8 because of issues with his surgically repaired left ankle.
"It almost doesn't feel like the season is underway until you get to your home opener," Jeter said. "Especially missing last year, I'm looking forward to this one."
He'll try to produce some more hits while helping New York (3-3) earn its fourth win in five games. The Yankees scored three runs in the first inning Sunday, and Brett Gardner drove in two of the club's three in the fourth frame with New York's first homer of the season.
Hiroki Kuroda is hoping for a similar performance from his teammates after getting little support in his season debut. The right-hander gave up two runs, three hits and a walk over six innings Wednesday in Houston but was on the hook for a 3-1 defeat.
A visit from Baltimore (2-4) might help him get in the win column Monday. Kuroda pitched 16 scoreless innings in his two home starts against the Orioles in 2013, though he gave up five homers over eight innings in a pair of losses at Baltimore.
A couple of home runs hurt counterpart Ubaldo Jimenez in his Orioles debut Wednesday. The right-hander gave up a pair of two-run shots in his six innings of a 6-2 home loss to Boston.
Despite going into an unfriendly atmosphere Monday, manager Buck Showalter thinks there will be less pressure on Jimenez.
"It's going to be tough environment, Opening Day at Yankee Stadium," he told his team's official website. "(Compared with) Opening Day at Camden Yards, which one do you think is tougher? I think our place. I think the expectation of pitching well at our place.
"I want him to feel like he's playing with house money. Nobody is expecting him (to win); they feel like that's going to be a real challenge. I think it's tougher for professional athletes when they are expected to do well."
Jimenez was tagged for seven runs over 4 1-3 innings in his only meeting with the Yankees last season, an 11-6 home loss for Cleveland on April 8. He went 0-3 with a 8.22 ERA in his three starts against New York while wearing an Indians uniform.
J.J. Hardy's status is unknown after he was scratched with back spasms before Sunday's 3-1 win in Detroit, which snapped the Orioles' four-game slide.
"Frankly, it's not much better now," Showalter said after the game.
New York second baseman Brian Roberts will face his former club for the first time. Roberts played 13 seasons with Baltimore but had four injury-plagued ones before signing a one-year deal with the Yankees in January.
|Last Updated: 9/20/2014 11:05:54 AM EST|