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Preview: Orioles at Yankees

GAME: Baltimore Orioles (66-72) at New York Yankees (77-60)
DATE/TIME: Wednesday, September 09 – 7:05 PM EST
WHERE: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
LINE: 127, -138 TOTAL: 8.5

With a four-game showdown looming against American East-leading Toronto, the New York Yankees are dealing with an injury list that seemingly grows longer by the day. The Yankees trail the Blue Jays by 1 1/2 games and will try to prevent the deficit from getting larger when they host the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday in the rubber match of a three-game series.

New York designated hitter Alex Rodriguez continues to reach some lofty career milestones after going deep for the third straight game Tuesday, tying Hank Aaron for the most career 30-homer seasons with 15 and passing Rickey Henderson for 22nd place on the all-time hit list with 3,056. The Yankees were expected to go to a six-man rotation with CC Sabathia set to come off the 15-day disabled list to start Wednesday’s game, but that was before they learned 14-game winner Nathan Eovaldi will be shut down for two weeks due to right elbow inflammation. Chris Davis has been one of the few bright spots for the slumping Orioles, belting a tiebreaking homer in the ninth inning Tuesday to give Baltimore only its fourth win in 19 games. It was the major league-leading 41st blast for Davis, who has six homers and 10 RBIs during his seven-game hitting streak.

TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, MASN (Baltimore), YES (New York)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Orioles RH Ubaldo Jimenez (10-9, 4.24 ERA) vs. Yankees LH CC Sabathia (4-9, 5.27)

Jimenez overcame six walks last time out to earn the victory in Toronto, limiting the Blue Jays to two runs (one earned) and four hits over 5 2/3 innings. That ended a four-start winless drought for Jimenez, who permitted 18 runs in that span and has failed to get through six innings in five consecutive outings. He was hammered for seven runs in 2 1/3 innings at Yankee Stadium on July 23 to drop to 3-5 with a 6.60 ERA versus New York.

Sabathia, who has not won in two months, will be making his first start since Aug. 23, when knee pain forced him to exit a game against Cleveland in the third inning. Even though his last victory came on July 8, the 35-year-old Sabathia is 0-1 with six no-decisions over his last seven turns. He gave up four runs in each of his two starts versus the Orioles this season, but sports an 18-7 record and 3.48 ERA in 32 starts against them.

WALK-OFFS

1. Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira (shin), on the disabled list since Aug. 27, received two injections in his ailing leg Tuesday.

2. Orioles CF Adam Jones sat out Tuesday’s game after aggravating a right shoulder injury in the series opener.

3. Yankees LF Brett Gardner also received an injection Tuesday in his jammed shoulder and missed his second game in a row.

PREDICTION: Yankees 6, Orioles 4