Orioles on deck: What to watch Friday vs. Yankees, plus lineups, broadcast info and more

Josh Land
Contact ReporterThe Baltimore Sun

Orioles (17-39) vs. Yankees (35-17)

Where: Camden Yards

First pitch: 7:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN/105.7 The Fan

Starting pitchers: Orioles RHP Andrew Cashner (2-6, 5.07 ERA) vs. Yankees RHP Sonny Gray (3-4, 5.98 ERA)

What to watch

1. Still skidding. The Orioles will be looking to end their fifth losing streak of at least five games as they open a series against the Yankees, owners of the second-best record in baseball. The Orioles had five such slides all of last season, their first under .500 since 2011. Over the past five games, the offense deserves most of the blame having been held to six total runs and a .197 batting average. The pitching staff has 5.02 ERA during the skid.

2. Something’s gotta give. Orioles starter Andrew Cashner and Yankees starter Sonny Gray both come in with ERAs above 5.00 and each comes in having allowed five runs in his most recent start. Gray has had the worse season, posting a 6.58 ERA in eight starts since allowing four runs in 10 innings over his first two games. Cashner’s dud Saturday ended his streak of four straight starts allowing three runs or fewer.

3. Seeking a spark. During the Orioles’ past five games, Jonathan Schoop has endured some of the deepest struggles, going 3-for-20 with seven strikeouts and no walks. His batting average has dipped from .242 to .230 in that time. Will he break out against the Yankees?

Orioles lineup

3B Jace Peterson

CF Adam Jones

SS Manny Machado

DH Mark Trumbo

2B Jonathan Schoop

1B Chris Davis

LF Trey Mancini

C Chance Sisco

RF Joey Rickard

Yankees lineup

CF Brett Gardner

RF Aaron Judge

1B Greg Bird

LF Giancarlo Stanton

SS Didi Gregorius

CF Aaron Hicks

3B Neil Walker

C Austin Romine

2B Gleyber Torres

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