Tonight’s Orioles – Yankees Lineups

May 21, 2009 |

This evening at the new Yankee Stadium the Orioles and New York Yankees will wrap-up their three-game mid-week set with tonight’s finale beginning at 7:05pm.  Tomorrow the O’s will be down in Washington D.C. to meet the Nationals in the last series of their current 10-game roadtrip.

Last night the guys in black and orange were once again on the wrong end of another lopsided decision in the Bronx.  Jeremy Guthrie yielded back-to-back-to-back homers to Nick Swisher, Robinson Cano, and Melky Cabrera in the bottom of the second and the rest was history in the eventual 11-4 Yankee rout.  After taking the first two of three in Kansas City to start the trip, the O’s have now dropped three of their last four and are in danger of being swept by a division opponent for the third time already this season.

Adam Eaton gets another chance to figure it out on the mound tonight in his eighth start of the year.  Eaton was absolutely crushed in his last outing, going five innings and giving up seven runs on 10 hits in KC.  His ERA now stands at 7.93 and hasn’t been under 7.00 at any point of the entire season.  Eaton could be pitching to keep his spot in the rotation tonight; Mark Hendrickson has already lost his spot to Rich Hill, and with Chris Tillman and the rest of the cavalry trying to beat down the door for a promotion, Eaton could be the next man out with another disastrous start.

The Yankees, now winners of eight straight, will have Joba Chamberlain on the bump to face the O’s for the second time in as many weeks.  The 23-year old right-hander is 2-1 with a 3.76 ERA so far on the season and picked up a win over the Orioles on Mother’s Day at Camden Yards just 11 days ago.  What most will remember about that game was Aubrey Huff’s two dramatic fist-pumps after touching Chamberlain up for a three-run homer in the first.  Huff said it was in direct response to Chamberlain’s excessive celebrations on mound following strikeouts… so we’ll just have to stay tuned tonight to see if Chamberlain foolishly comes unnecessarily inside with a fastball when Huff is in the batter’s box.

Here are tonight’s starting lienups for the O’s and Yanks:

Orioles

Brian Roberts – 2B
Adam Jones – CF
Nick Markakis – RF
Aubrey Huff – 1B
Melvin Mora – 3B
Nolan Reimold – DH
Felix Pie – LF
Gregg Zaun – C
Robert Andino – SS

Yankees

Derek Jeter – SS
Robinson Cano – 2B
Mark Teixeira – 1B
Alex Rodriguez – 3B
Hideki Matsui – DH
Nick Swisher – RF
Melky Cabrera – LF
Francisco Cervelli – C
Brett Gardner – CF

Jeremy Guthrie looks on after giving up the first of three straight homers in last night's loss to the Yankees. (Courtesy: AP)

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