NEW YORK -- If the Orioles win the next two games here at Yankee Stadium, they will clinch series wins in all three of their series in the Bronx this season.
The O's have outscored the Yankees 38-25 in seven games here this year, and their five wins here are already most since 1997, when they also won five games. The last time they've won more than five games in the Bronx was 1976. They won eight that year.
The Orioles have wons five of their last six here and completed the month of August with 18 wins, their most wins in a single month since September, 2004.
According to Elias, the Orioles' August winning percentage of .667 marked the first time they've had the majors' highest winning percentage in a month in which every team played at least 10 games since the Orioles went 20-8 in May of 1997 under Davey Johnson.
While the focus is here in New York, a lot of eyes will be on Frederick, where Jason Hammel is making a minor league rehab start for the Class-A Keys. Hammel will be held to 75 pitches and throw no more than five innings in his first live game action since having right knee surgery in mid-July.
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette will be there to watch Hammel pitch. The Orioles could activate him to start Wednesday's game in Toronto or let him have one more rehab start for Double-A Bowie with the Baysox in the playoffs.
I would think if Hammel throws well, he's coming to Toronto.
Here are tonight's lineups: