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Yankees, Orioles set for impromptu meeting in Baltimore

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New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles

  1. Baltimore took two of three against New York to open the 2019 season, but the Yankees won the last 16 meetings between the teams, their longest winning streak against any opponent since a 19-game streak against the A's from 1938-39.
  2. The Yankees hit 61 home runs against the Orioles last season, 13 more than any other team has ever hit in a single season against any opponent. New York hit at least three home runs in 12 of the teams' 19 meetings, also the most by any team against any opponent all-time.
  3. Baltimore has not played since taking two of three from the Red Sox in Boston over the weekend. Against the Red Sox, the Orioles hit .364 (16/44) on the first two pitches of their plate appearances, compared to .175 (10/57) on all other pitches.
  4. Gerrit Cole tossed a rain-shortened five-inning complete game on Thursday. No pitcher has thrown complete games in his first two starts of a season since Florida's Dontrelle Willis in 2005, and no Yankee has done so since Charles Hudson in 1987.
  5. After starting just 11 of his 28 career MLB outings before 2019, Asher Wojciechowski started 16 of 17 for the Orioles last season. From July through the end of the season, Wojciechowski led the Orioles with 16 starts, 82.1 innings and 80 strikeouts.
  6. Gleyber Torres hit 13 home runs against the Orioles last season, the most by any player against any opponent in a season since Roger Maris hit 13 against the White Sox in 1961. Torres has a 1.314 OPS in 29 career games against the Orioles, best by any player since the team moved to Baltimore in 1954 (minimum 100 PA).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/29/2020 thru 7/30/2020
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

A coronavirus outbreak among the Miami Marlins created a trickle-down effect for the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles.

Instead of hosting the Philadelphia Phillies for their home opener at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, the Yankees will head to Baltimore to open a two-game series with the Orioles, who were slated to host the Marlins.

The Yankees were originally due to face Philadelphia for a pair of two-game, home-and-home series at each team's ballpark. Due to several members of the Marlins' traveling party testing positive after a three-game series in Philadelphia last weekend, the Yankees' first two games at Philadelphia were postponed well before the scheduled first pitch, and by Tuesday afternoon, the Yankees learned they would be headed to Baltimore.

"We're in a world where no one has dealt with anything like this before, so I think we all need to be pliable and be able to pivot and at least be open to adjust," Yankees GM Brian Cashman said Tuesday.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said, "As of right now, we get to continue our season, and we're excited about the opportunity. 2020 is unlike anything we've experienced."

Adjustment also applies to New York's pitching staff. Originally, J.A. Happ and then Gerrit Cole were set to pitch the two games in Philadelphia. Instead, Cole will pitch Wednesday, followed by Happ.

Cole is coming off five stellar innings in his Yankees debut on Thursday in a rain-shortened, 4-1 win over the Washington Nationals. He has a pair of no-decisions and a 1.38 ERA in two previous starts against Baltimore.

The Orioles originally were scheduled to have a home-and-home with the Marlins, having already traveled to Miami when the Monday and Tuesday games were postponed. They were going to host the Marlins on Wednesday and Thursday but instead will face the Yankees, whom they were originally supposed to host Aug. 3-5.

In normal times, when fans were allowed in the building and terms such as social distancing and facemasks were not part of the daily vocabulary, the Yankees won 17 of 19 meetings against the Orioles last season. The Yankees dropped two of three in the first series between the teams and then won 16 in a row, giving them a tie for the third-longest winning streak against an opponent in team history.

While a sudden change in travel is not ideal for any team, the destination and opponent might be for Gleyber Torres, who was among many Yankees to dominate Baltimore's pitching. Torres hit .394 (26-for-66) with 13 homers -- more than a third of his season total -- and 20 RBIs in 18 games against the O's last year.

Torres also helped the Yankees get a series win in Washington to open the 2020 season. In New York's 3-2 win on Sunday, Torres homered in the seventh inning and delivered the tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth off Sean Doolittle.

The Orioles are coming off a series win in Boston. After dropping the opener 13-2 on Friday, the Orioles totaled 20 hits in the next two games and ended the series with a 7-4 win on Sunday, when Anthony Santander and Rio Ruiz homered while Jose Iglesias had four hits.

"I think our guys are taking this seriously," Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said Sunday of his team's approach amid the pandemic. "I think that we're having a lot of conversations about it. We're continuing to remind each other that it's still happening.

"I think our guys are being really careful and they understand the importance of being as safe and as healthy as we possibly can and following the protocols that are so important to our organization. And our guys have been following that, and I expect that to continue."

Asher Wojciechowski, who was originally due to start Monday for Baltimore, will start Wednesday. He went 4-8 with a 4.92 ERA in 17 appearances last season with the Orioles and was 2-1 with a 4.44 ERA in his final five starts.

The right-hander's only start against the Yankees in his career was Aug. 6 last season in Baltimore, when he allowed five runs and six hits in four innings of a 9-4 loss.

--Field Level Media

Updated July 29, 2020

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