Yankees want to feast on Orioles some more

Field Level Media

There is something about going against the Baltimore Orioles' inexperienced pitching staff that just seems to make the New York Yankees hit home runs.

The Yankees smacked three more Tuesday in an 11-4 victory at Baltimore, and New York now has 29 this season against the Orioles. The Yankees will try and keep up that power display when the teams face off again on Wednesday night.

New York has already hit six homers in the first two games of this series. Gleyber Torres (who has eight this season against Baltimore) hit two in the first game while Clint Frazier added two more in the second.

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Also, Gary Sanchez has belted a pair of three-run homers in the series, including one in Tuesday's win, and he also is at eight home runs against Baltimore pitching this season.

"I've had good results in games against them this year," Sanchez told MLB.com after Monday's game. "I am hoping for the same kind of results going forward."

New York now has won 10 consecutive games in Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

The Yankees sit in first in the American League East despite the large number of injuries they've suffered in the early days of 2019. Masahiro Tanaka was cleared Tuesday to pitch in Thursday's series finale against the Orioles.

His situation was unclear after he sustained a right shin contusion that made him leave his most recent start, which came against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Also regarding Yankees' injuries, manager Aaron Boone said after the game that Giancarlo Stanton was held out of a rehab assignment game with high Class-A Tampa due to "tightness in his calf/knee." The skipper said they hope Stanton can play again in the minors on Wednesday.

Veteran CC Sabathia (2-1, 2.97 ERA) will start for the Yankees on Wednesday against Baltimore's Dan Straily (1-3, 8.51).

Sabathia has done well against the Orioles throughout his career, posting a 20-11 record with a 3.67 ERA in 45 starts.

Straily, meanwhile, has struggled all season with Baltimore and hasn't been the innings-eater the team hoped for when picking him up during the offseason. But the Orioles don't have a lot of options, especially with starter Alex Cobb out again.

Straily is 1-0 with a 6.75 ERA against the Yankees in three career games, having spent much of his time in the National League. But the right-hander has not gone longer than 4 1/3 innings in his last four starts.

The Orioles have been searching for any kind of consistent pitching and some way of keeping the ball in the stadium. So far, Baltimore has come up empty on both accounts.

The Orioles now have given up 100 homers this season, reaching that level faster than any team in history. The 2000 Kansas City Royals held the previous mark of reaching triple digits in 57 games.

David Hess started for Baltimore on Tuesday and gave up three homers in five innings. He has allowed 17 home runs in 45 1/3 innings this season.

When talking about Hess and the young Orioles pitching staff and how it has gotten knocked around a lot in the first part of this season, manager Brandon Hyde said after Tuesday's game that there's nothing real complex about the problem.

"You've got to be able to pitch against those guys," Hyde said. "If you can't do that, it's rough. We don't have the numbers. We don't have the depth. We're facing good teams, but you've got to pitch here."

--Field Level Media

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