Tonight’s Orioles – Yankees Lineups

July 20, 2009 |

Tonight at 7:05pm the Orioles will take on the Yankees in the series opener of three in what will be their second trip to the new ballpark in the Bronx.  The O’s started the second half dropping two of three in Chicago to the White Sox over the weekend, but in winning the series finale 10-2 yesterday the team received a very strong start out of Jeremy Guthrie and will take a shot of momentum with them to New York City.  Though – almost unbelievably – it should be noted that the Orioles have dropped 22 of their last 24 road games against A.L. East opponents dating back to last season.

David Hernandez is officially back on the active roster and will take the ball tonight to make his sixth start this season and in his big league career.  He was optioned back to Tiple-A Norfolk just before the All-Star break, but the move had more to do with his contractual flexibility rather than being given a demotion.  Hernandez’s 2-2 record and 3.94 ERA shows the hard-throwing right-hander has been effective in his seven total appearances for the big club.  At this point it appears that if he’s able to show ability to miss bats he did in Norfolk (12.2 SO/9), the 24-year old just may give himself an opportunity to stick in the rotation for the remainder of the season.

The Yankees will send a familiar foe to the mound this evening as Andy Pettitte will make his 36th career start against the Orioles.  Through the first 35, the 37-year old lefty has certainly held the advantage over the Birds in sporting a 24-6 record with a 3.80 ERA, including a 3-0 mark with a 1.93 ERA in’08.  However, Pettitte, 8-5 on the year with a 4.85 ERA, was roughed up in his last outing before the All-Star break lasting only 4.1 innings and allowing six earned runs to the Angels out on the West Coast.

Here are the night’s starting lineups for each side:

Orioles

Brian Roberts 2B
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Aubrey Huff 1B
Melvin Mora 3B
Luke Scott DH
Nolan Reimold LF
Matt Wieters C
Cesar Izturis SS

Yankees

Derek Jeter SS
Johnny Damon LF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Hideki Matsui DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Eric Hinske RF
Melky Cabrera CF
Jose Molina C

After nearly two weeks without starting a game, Jeremy Guthrie pitched eight effective innings and picked up a win against the White Sox yesterday (Courtesy: AP).

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