Orioles vs. Yankees storylines
The main storyline for the Orioles' series in New York this weekend is clear: With a sweep, the O's can pull even with the Yankees in the AL East standings. Even winning two out of three will pull them to within two games of the division lead with a month to play.
But there are also some underlying storylines that will begin to unfurl as the teams open the series tonight in the Bronx. Here's a look at five of them.
-- David Selig
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Can Gonzo keep it going?
Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez (5-3, 3.66 ERA) has been one of the Orioles' biggest surprises of the second half, but that also makes him a candidate to disappoint down the stretch if he can't maintain the same level of success.
Gonzalez struggled in his last start Aug. 20 in Texas, allowing four runs on eight hits and three walks in five innings. He's had 10 days off heading into tonight's start, so it will be interesting to see how he responds against a tough lineup in a tough ballpark for righties.