|BALTIMORE ( GONZALEZ )|
NY YANKEES ( TANAKA )
|971||BALTIMORE||+160||Ov 8.5,+100||+160||Ov 8,-105|
|972||NY YANKEES||-170||Un 8.5,-120||-170||Un 8,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||2-4||-1.6||3-3||5.2||0.277||0.322||5.5||0.314||0.360|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.7||3-4||4.9||0.274||0.318||5.3||0.323||0.364|
|vs Right-handed Starters||3-3||-0.9||2-4||3.3||0.262||0.338||3.7||0.227||0.265|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.4||3-4||3.9||0.277||0.345||4.6||0.263||0.313|
|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)||2-4||L||125||8 ev||U||8||5||0||8||8||0|
|4/8/2014||CHEN(L)||@ NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)||14-5||W||-105||9 ov||O||20||7||0||13||10||0|
|4/9/2014||GONZALEZ(R)||@ NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)|| |
|4/14/2014||CHEN(L)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|4/15/2014||GONZALEZ(R)||TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)|| |
|4/16/2014|| ||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|
|4/15/2014||TANAKA(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||HAMMEL(R)|| |
|4/16/2014|| ||CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|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 NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Baltimore (2-5) at New York (4-3), 7:05 p.m. EDT
After an impressive big league debut north of the border, Masahiro Tanaka will try to deliver another strong showing in front of the home crowd at Yankee Stadium.
New York sends Tanaka to the mound Wednesday night in the series finale against the Baltimore Orioles, who just broke out in a big way at the plate.
Tanaka lived up to the hype in Friday's 7-3 victory at Toronto, allowing three runs - two earned - and six hits over seven innings. The right-hander, who signed a seven-year, $155 million deal in January, struck out eight and walked none.
"I think it's really impressive," manager Joe Girardi told the Yankees' official website. "You think about what he's had to deal with all spring training, the attention that's been on him. The covers of magazines. Everywhere he goes, people want to know when he's pitching. That started Feb. 14. I think he's handled it great."
Nerves could have been an issue for Tanaka, who gave up a homer to the first batter he faced and allowed two runs in the second inning before settling in. He threw 65 of his 97 pitches for strikes.
"He did a really good job of controlling his emotions and finding himself after the first couple of innings," Girardi said. "He was able to fix his mistakes early on and that's the sign of a mature pitcher."
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons also came away impressed.
"He's definitely the real deal," Gibbons said. "He's strong, he stayed in the game, and when they gave him the lead back he kicked it in pretty good."
Tanaka will face an Orioles team that collected 20 hits in Tuesday's 14-5 victory. Adam Jones, Delmon Young and Matt Wieters went deep for Baltimore (3-5), which had hit three homers and scored 22 runs over the first seven games.
"It was a lot of fun. It was a long game. It was long - in a good way," said Chris Davis, batting .391 with five RBIs in the last six games. "Everybody's trying to find it right now. It felt good, as an offense, to score some runs."
Wieters has hit safely in each of his first seven games, going 10 for 27 with two homers and a double. Jones is batting .321 with three homers and seven RBIs during a seven-game stretch in the Bronx.
New York (4-4) will try to bounce back against Miguel Gonzalez, who surrendered a career worst-tying seven earned runs and nine hits in 3 1-3 innings of Friday's 10-4 loss at Detroit.
"That was just a tough outing," he said after pitching in freezing rain. "The weather made it hard to grip the ball."
The right-hander also allowed seven runs in his most recent outing at Yankee Stadium, an 8-5 loss Aug. 30. However, he posted a 2.88 ERA in his other four matchups against New York last year.
"I like pitching here," Gonzalez told the Orioles' official website. "They have a lot of lefties. And my (split-fingered fastball) works off of that. I think the confidence, also - you have that confidence when you know you pitch well against a team you face a lot. That helps."
Alfonso Soriano has homered twice in five at-bats against Gonzalez, and he's 5 for 10 with a homer in the last three games after starting the season 0 for 16.
|Last Updated: 9/17/2014 6:40:21 PM EST|