The Orioles are headed back to the new Yankee Stadium for the first time since Dave Trembley had to squirm through a three-game series there while everybody was reporting that he would soon be fired.
Of course, he was dismissed when the Orioles returned to Baltimore after that series and Juan Samuel tried to hold down the fort until the club hired Buck Showalter. The return to New York will have a different significance for Showalter, who was instrumental in the resurgence of the Yankees in the early 1990s. He'll be managing a series in the new Yankee Stadium for the first time.
The Orioles played the spoiler by taking two of three from Tampa Bay. They get the opportunity to make things more difficult for the Yankees, who have finally put a little space between themselves and the Rays. If you're lost track, the O's are now 19-13 under Showalter and 2-3 in September against AL East opponents.
Brian Matusz, who was the American League Rookie of the Month for August, will make his first September start tomorrow.