Tonight’s Orioles – Yankees Lineups

July 21, 2009 |

The Orioles will be back on the field tonight at 7:05pm, weather permitting, to play the Yankees in the middle game of three at the new Yankee Stadium.  Last night’s heartbreaking 2-1 loss dropped the Birds to an American League worst 15-30 on the road this season, 1-12 away from home against their A.L. East counterparts, and 2-23 in their last 25 games in Boston, New York, Tampa and Toronto dating back to last season.

O’s rookie David Hernandez was able to shake a long and strenuous first two innings and gave his team a great chance to win Game 1, turning in six strong innings in which he allowed just a single Yankee run.  However, it turned out to be all for not when Hideki Matsui took Jim Johnson deep in the bottom of the ninth breaking a 1-1 tie and in the process made the Yankees walk-off winners.  What made homer in the ninth even more frustrating for the Birds was that both Cesar Izturis and Brian Roberts were thrown out at the plate just earlier in the top of the eighth.  Needless to say, base running miscues have continued to burn this baseball club at an alarming rate.

On the bump for the Orioles this evening will be Rich Hill, who to this date has been very under-whelming since an off-season trade brought the left-hander to Baltimore from the Cubs.  His 3-2 record can be considered quite deceiving when noting his 7.22 ERA over 11 starts and one relief appearance this season.  With rumors persisting about more young starters arriving from the minors, Hill may not have many more opportunities past tonight to keep pitching for his spot in the rotation.

Sergio Mitre will make tonight’s start for the Yankees and in doing so will make his first appearance in the majors since the 2007 season when he was with the Marlins.  Mitre, a 28-year old right-hander has been called up to take Chien Ming Wang’s spot in the rotation, and while at Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre has gone 3-2 with a 2.40 ERA.  In portions of five separate seasons with the Cubs and Florida, Mitre has compiled a 10-23 record and career ERA of 5.36.

As for the night’s starting sides:

Orioles

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

Yankees

Derek Jeter – SS
Johnny Damon – LF
Mark Teixeira – 1B
Alex Rodriguez – DH
Jorge Posada – C
Nick Swisher – RF
Robinson Cano – 2B
Melky Cabrera – CF
Cody Ransom  – 3B

After attempting to score on a wild pitch with the game tied 1-1, Roberts was punched out at the plate in the eighth (Courtesy: AP).

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