Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Sabathia, Gonzalez set to square off at Camden

The Orioles and Yankees are scheduled to play the middle game of their three-game series on Tuesday night at Camden Yards, with Baltimore right-hander Miguel Gonzalez set to take the ball against New York left-hander CC Sabathia.
Gonzalez held the Rays to a run over 5 2/3 innings in his season debut on Wednesday, taking the loss as the O's were shut out, 2-0, at Tropicana Field.
Sabathia struck out eight Blue Jays and did not walk a batter over 5 2/3 frames Thursday in his first start since May 8, but departed on the hook for a 6-3 defeat.
Three things to know about this game
1. The long ball has been an issue for Sabathia over the last several seasons, as he permitted a career-high 28 homers in 2013 and 10 more in his abbreviated 2014 campaign. He hasn't allowed one yet this year, but the Orioles lead the Major Leagues with 12 homers, including Adam Jones' two-run shot off Michael Pineda in the series opener on Monday.
2. Gonzalez seems comfortable on this mound and against this opponent. He is 14-9 with a 3.49 ERA over his career at Camden Yards and has pitched to a 3.88 ERA in 10 games against the Yankees. Meanwhile, Sabathia is winless in his last six starts at Baltimore since the beginning of the 2012 season, going 0-4 with a 5.54 ERA over that span.
3. Yankees fans used to rush down Interstate 95 and infiltrate Camden Yards, but they haven't had much to cheer about here in recent seasons. The Orioles won 13 of 19 meetings with the Yankees in 2014, including seven of the nine contests at Camden Yards, leading to plenty of happy customers in orange.

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