Tonight’s Orioles – Yankees Lineups

May 08, 2009 |

The Orioles will play host to the New York Yankees this weekend for a three-game series at Camden Yards with the action starting tonight at 7:05.  The O’s enter the set with a record of 12-17 and in last place in the A.L. East, but just a game and a half behind the reeling fourth-place Yankees, whom have lost their last five coming into Baltimore.  Both squads have struggled tremendously against their division opponents, the O’s are 5-10 in such games while the Yankees are just 3-10.

The O’s come in winners of three of their last four and fresh off a two-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins.  Lou Montanez played the role of hero in last night’s 5-4 win; he had a bottom of the eighth, two-out RBI single that drove in Melvin Mora for the game’s winning run, breaking a 4-4 tie.  Brad Bergesen gave the home team six productive innings from the mound and only gave up three earned while doing a nice job keeping his squad in the game.  However, he did allow 11 base hits and eventually took the no-decision.  The win went to the bullpen for the second consecutive night, this time it was Jim Johnson who threw a shutout 8th frame to register the W.  George Sherrill induced Justin Morneau to hit a soft fly ball to left field for the game’s final out, and in the process stranded Joe Mauer, the game’s would-be tying run at first base to preserve the victory.

Jeremy Guthrie, the O’s 30-year old ace, will take the ball against the Yankees for the second time this season in front of the home crowd.  On Opening Day, all the way back on April 6th, Guthrie gave up three runs over six innings and picked up the win.  Since, he’s been nothing better or worse than OK.  He’s got a 2-2 record with a 5.16 ERA, but the Orioles are just 2-4 in games he’s started.  Guthrie’s achilles heel this season has been surrendering the dreaded two-out rally.  In his last appearance five days ago in Toronto, Guthrie gave a great effort and threw a complete game, but the Jays hit three two-out doubles and two, two-out home runs in the eventual 4-3 Baltimore loss.

The pitching match-up tonight will be the exact same as it was on Opening Day as the Yankees will throw out their rather expensive yet so far underwhelming ace, C.C. Sabathia.  The 28-year old husky left-hander has yet to show the dominating form that earned him his record-breaking free agent contract this off-season; he’s just 1-3 with a 4.38 ERA and coming off a not-so-hot performance against the Angels, where he allowed five runs.  On their Opening Day win, the O’s knocked him out after only 4.1 innings and tagging him for six earned on eight hits.

Those going down to the ballpark tonight will certainly have their opportunity to boo their most hated Yankee players.  Not only will Mark Teixeira be back in town, but Alex Rodriguez will be making his season-debut this evening.  He missed the first month of the season with a torn labrum in his hip.

Tonight on the Mob Town Sports Beat at 6:45, Thyrl Nelson and I will be previewing the series with Roger Rubin of New York Daily News  and talking to him about the return of A-Roid back to baseball.

Dave Trembley and Joe Girardi chose nine players to represent their teams, those men are:


Brian Roberts – 2B
Adam Jones – CF
Nick Markakis – RF
Melvin Mora – 3B
Aubrey Huff – 1B
Ty Wigginton – DH
Lou Montanez – LF
Chad Moeller – C
Cesar Izturis – SS


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

On Opening Day, Mark Teixeira heard it from O's fans (Courtesy: Karl Merton Ferron)