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Orioles on deck: What to watch Tuesday vs. Yankees

Josh Land
Contact ReporterThe Baltimore Sun

Orioles (70-68) vs. Yankees (74-63)

Where: Camden Yards

First pitch: 7:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN/105.7 The Fan

Starting pitchers: Orioles RHP Jeremy Hellickson (8-8, 5.15 ERA) vs. Yankees LHP CC Sabathia (11-5, 3.71)

What to watch

1. Alternators. Since their seven-game winning streak, the Orioles have reverted to their prior inconsistent form, alternating wins and losses. That means the Orioles would be due for a win tonight if they continue that trend. While they’ve stayed within 1½ games of the second wild-card spot, it’s on them to start going back in the right direction if they want to return to the postseason.

2. Manny-CC. Manny Machado has had Yankees lefty CC Sabathia’s number throughout his career. Having faced him more than any other pitcher, Machado is batting .354/.392/.604 with six doubles, two homers and 10 RBIs against him in 52 plate appearances.

3. Waiting for Hellickson. Upon joining the Orioles, Jeremy Hellickson made a great first impression, allowing three runs in 13 innings over his first two starts. But he has a 9.28 ERA in four starts since. Can he get back on track tonight versus the Yankees, against whom he has a 3.21 career ERA?

Orioles lineup

SS Tim Beckham

3B Manny Machado

2B Jonathan Schoop

CF Adam Jones

LF Trey Mancini

DH Mark Trumbo

1B Chris Davis

C Welington Castillo

​​​​​RF Joey Rickard

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