The Yankees make their first trip to Camden Yards since last year’s playoffs when they try to hand the Orioles a sixth straight loss Monday night.
Scheduled to pitch Sunday’s finale of a home series with Toronto, Sabathia (4-3, 3.19 ERA) had that outing postponed by rain. He is winless in his last three starts despite a 2.76 ERA in that span.
“I’m not very intense before I pitch, so either way, I wasn’t really worried about it,” Sabathia told the Yankees’ official website. “They were saying there was a chance we wouldn’t play, but you always want to get ready and make sure.”
Only teammate Andy Pettitte has won more regular-season games as a visiting pitcher at Camden Yards than Sabathia, who is 10-3 with a 3.38 ERA in 15 starts there. That doesn’t include Game 1 of last year’s division series in which he came within one out of a complete game in a 7-2 win.
The left-hander also pitched a four-hitter with nine strikeouts in a 3-1 victory in Game 5, and has won three straight overall against Baltimore (23-20) after allowing one run over eight innings April 12 in a 5-2 home win.
Orioles newcomer Alexi Casilla is 14 for 24 against Sabathia, but he hasn’t started during his club’s losing streak.
Garcia (0-2, 5.51), meanwhile, is facing the Yankees (27-16) for the first time since going 19-14 with a 4.29 ERA in 42 starts over the previous two seasons with them. New York did not opt to re-sign him.
The 36-year-old right-hander was released by San Diego on March 24, and signed with the Orioles five days later. He has lost both home starts this season, yielding four runs over 3 2-3 innings Wednesday in an 8-4 loss to the Padres.
Cano hit two two-run homers in Saturday’s 7-2 win over the Blue Jays. He’s a career .364 hitter at Camden Yards—his highest mark in any current AL park in which he has played more than three games.
Baltimore is trying to avoid losing seven straight at home for the first time since an 11-game slide Aug. 22-Sept. 7, 2007.
“It’s tough but it’s still early,” right fielder Nick Markakis said. “Any good team is gonna go through their rough stretches and hopefully we’ll get this one out of the way and we’ll move on.”
Shortstop J.J. Hardy 7 for 17 against Sabathia in the regular season, went 0 for 4 in Sunday’s 3-1 loss to Tampa Bay to end his 13-game hitting streak. He batted .360 in that run.
The Orioles struck out 21 times, walked twice and totaled seven runs in losing two of three at Yankee Stadium last month.
New York will debut infielder Reid Brignac acquired late Saturday from Colorado.