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Orioles try to salvage series win in the Bronx

By Eduardo A. Encina

The Baltimore Sun

12:46 PM EDT, September 2, 2012

NEW YORK

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Despite yesterday's 4-3 loss to the Yankees, the Orioles can still earn a series win here in New York, which would mark the first time the O's have won all three series in the Bronx in a season since 1976.

The Orioles will pin their hopes on right-hander Chris Tillman, who has won six of his past seven decisions and is coming off back-to-back quality starts.

The Yankees have had success against Tillman. The top three hitters in the Yankees lineup -- Derek Jeter, Nick Swisher and Robinson Cano -- are hitting a combined .487 (19-for-39) against Tillman.

Some news of note:

-- Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he's heard good reports from Jason Hammel's rehab start at Frederick. He threw five scoreless innings and allowed just three singles. Showalter hasn't committed to whether Hammel will be activated for his next start or make another rehab start. He said he will likely hold out until Hammel throws his next between-starts bullpen session, which will be in Toronto. Hammel was on his way to New York this morning so he could go with the team to Toronto. All signs point to Hammel being activated to start Thursday's game against the Yankees at Camden Yards, but we'll see.

-- Tommy Hunter, who threw a scoreless ninth inning for Double-A Bowie on Saturday night, earning the save, will be recalled and join the team in Toronto. He will work out of the bullpen.  

Here are this afternoon's starting lineups:

Orioles
Nick Markakis RF
J.J. Hardy SS
Nate McLouth LF
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Mark Reynolds 1B
Chris Davis DH
Manny Machado 3B
Robert Andino 2B
Chris Tillman RHP

Yankees
Derek Jeter DH
Nick Swisher 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Eric Chavez 3B
Raul Ibanez RF
Russell Martin C
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Chris Dickerson CF
Jayson Nix SS
Phil Hughes RHP