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Yankees in need of wins vs. O's to keep pace in race

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New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles

  1. Although they enter the series 42 ½ games behind the Yankees in the American League East, the Orioles have split the first 12 games of this season series. Among AL opponents, New York's 6-6 mark against Baltimore is its third worst behind Boston (5-8) and Tampa Bay (7-8).
  2. The Yankees had won 11 of their previous 15 games before a 9-3 loss at Miami on Wednesday. They went 3-for-16 with runners in scoring position and totaled five runs while splitting the two-game series after hitting .270 with runners in scoring position and averaging 5.9 runs with 27 homers in their prior 14.
  3. The Orioles dropped their fourth in a row with Wednesday's 6-0 loss at Toronto. Baltimore's pitching staff owns a 6.97 ERA during their current 2-11 stretch, while its offense has posted a .211 batting average and has scored 2.4 runs per game over their last 11 contests.
  4. Giancarlo Stanton has gone 12-for-32 (.375) with two home runs and five doubles over an eight-game hitting streak. He's also batting .364 with five homers, six doubles and 17 RBI over his last 21 on the road and is 10-for-22 (.455) with two homers, a double and five RBI in his past five at Baltimore.
  5. Alex Cobb is 4-15 with a 5.09 ERA in 23 starts this season, but he's 2-1 with a 1.55 ERA in four August outings. He only allowed a solo shot by Gleyber Torres over six innings of a 7-5 win at Yankee Stadium on Aug. 1. Stanton has gone just 1-for-11 with four strikeouts lifetime against Cobb.
  6. After allowing 13 runs over 18 1/3 innings in his previous four starts, CC Sabathia has given up one run over 11 2/3 innings in his last two. He's surrendered 20 runs over 20 innings in his past four versus Baltimore. Adam Jones has hit .286 with five homers and 15 RBI in 84 career at-bats against Sabathia.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/24/2018 thru 8/25/2018

BALTIMORE -- The New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles are heading in different directions as they prepare to begin a four-game weekend series Friday night at Camden Yards.

CC Sabathia (7-4, 3.32 ERA) goes for the Yankees in the opener and Alex Cobb (4-15, 5.09) will start for the Orioles. New York (79-47) is eight games clear in the American League wild-card race while trailing first-place Boston by 9 1/2 in the AL East.

New York had won four straight before dropping a 9-3 decision Wednesday in Miami. Yankees manager Aaron Boone told the media after the game that his team needed to bounce back quickly.

"We've got to get after it, starting Friday," Boone said. "These are important and we've got to play better than we did (in the loss)."

Sabathia could help. He has often pitched well against the Orioles throughout this career with a 19-11 career record against Baltimore with a 3.70 ERA.

In addition, the left-hander will be coming off the disabled list after going on recently because of inflammation in a knee. They are going to need some solid efforts from him down the stretch to maintain their perch atop the wild-card standings.

But the Yankees are one of the only teams in baseball that the Orioles have been able to play with consistently. The teams have split their first 12 games this year, and Tampa Bay (8-8) is the only group Baltimore has more wins against.

The Orioles (37-90) are playing out the string while taking the first steps on a rebuilding process that began with trading away a number of big-time players last month.

Cobb has been one of the highlights of the second half for Baltimore as, despite his record, he has pitched much better.

He is 2-3 in the second half of the season and is coming off a strong complete game performance in last Saturday's 4-2 win in Cleveland. Cobb has found the feel for more of his pitches since the All-Star break and has been the most effective starter that Baltimore has had during the past month.

Plus, the right-hander always has pitched well against New York. He has a 7-4 career record against the Yankees with a 2.90 ERA.

The Orioles haven't always given Cobb -- or their other starters -- enough offensive help, but they're not thrilled with all the losing either.

"We're together, but this isn't fun. Losing isn't fun," Baltimore's Trey Mancini told The Baltimore Sun this week. "You can't really put your finger on it. It's just that some things don't go your way, and we didn't play to our potential at all here this year. It's kind of a tough stat to wrap your head around and not something to be proud of."

The Orioles also could be on the verge of losing power-hitting Mark Trumbo (knee). He's on the disabled list and various reports have said the designated hitter/outfielder might need to have surgery on the knee that has been bothering him for a while now.

Updated August 23, 2018

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