Yankees look to pad winning streak against Orioles
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The New York Yankees, who have taken control of the American League East, will come to Baltimore to start a three-game series Monday against an Orioles' team that has been playing much better baseball of late.
New York comes into this three-game series on a five-game winning streak. The Yankees wrapped up a four-game sweep of Boston at Yankee Stadium on Sunday night with a 7-4 victory.
In that win, Aaron Judge and Gio Urshela both homered as the Yankees jumped out to an early 7-0 lead over the slumping Red Sox, thanks mostly to a six-run third inning.
On the always-busy injury front, the Yankees received some good news involving outfielder Aaron Hicks on Sunday. Several media outlets reported that an MRI Sunday showed a flexor strain in his right elbow.
The team had been worried that there was a torn ligament that might have required Tommy John surgery and ended his season. As for now, Hicks won't throw for about 7-10 days but his return date is uncertain.
The Yankees also lost first baseman/DH Edwin Encarnacion after he got a hairline fracture to his right wrist when hit by a pitch Saturday. New York also is not sure how long he'll be sidelined.
Some good injury news was that Didi Gregorius came back Sunday after sitting out three games due to a strained ligament between his left ring and pinkie fingers.
ESPN reported that New York now has 16 players on the injured list despite the team's success, but manager Aaron Boone likes the way his team keeps moving on.
"Anything adverse that seems to happen to this group, they don't flinch," Boone told the media before Sunday's game. "They know what the expectation is, and they've gone out and delivered."
Masahiro Tanaka (7-6, 4.78 ERA) starts for New York against Gabriel Ynoa (1-6, 5.55), who is going to serve as an opener for Baltimore.
Tanaka has a 5-3 career record with a 3.44 ERA versus Baltimore and has won four of his last five decisions overall this season.
Ynoa is 0-1 with a 3.12 ERA in three career games against the Yankees. The right-hander has been solid lately in relief, allowing just three runs in 14 1/3 innings over his last six appearances.
The Orioles have won two in a row and split a four-game series with Toronto. During the weekend series, the Jays took the first two before Baltimore grabbed the last two, including a 6-5 victory in the finale on Sunday.
Trey Mancini's two-run double gave the Orioles a 4-1 lead in the second and proved to be a key hit in the game. Mancini's been heating up of late, driving in 11 runs in his last seven games and helping the Orioles find success.
Baltimore has won or split its last three series -- with the Angels, Padres and the Blue Jays -- and the Orioles are 14-14 in their last 28 games.
Baltimore made a move Sunday night, sending rookie reliever Dillon Tate down to Triple-A Norfolk after a few appearances at the major-league level. Tate gave up a run in Sunday's win but escaped a jam that let the Orioles hold a one-run lead in the seventh, and that proved to be crucial.
Also, relief pitcher Miguel Castro was sick again and missed Sunday's game, so the Orioles may need to make a decision on him in the next day or two.
Overall, Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde likes how the team is coming together in recent days.
"I think we stick together in the dugout real well," Hyde told the media Sunday. "We've been scoring some runs. We're getting more experience and some guys are improving."
--Field Level Media
Updated August 5, 2019