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NY Yankees0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 470
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  W: W. Peralta (3-2)   L: T. Wells (2-3)   S: A. Chapman (27)
4:05 PM PT5:05 PM MT6:05 PM CT7:05 PM ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 PM MST6:05 PM EST6:35 PM VEN3:05 UAE (+1)5:05 PM CT, September 15, 2021
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland  Attendance: 10,402

Yankees aim to tee off on Orioles' pitching again

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New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles

  1. New York has won nine of the 16 games against Baltimore this season but dropped the last two at Yankee Stadium last weekend -- both by one run. The Orioles are looking to win the season series against the Yankees for the first time since 2016 (10-9).
  2. New York needs just two wins to clinch its 29th straight winning season, by far the longest active streak (Cardinals rank second at 13 entering 2021) and the second-longest streak in MLB history behind the Yankees' own 39-year run from 1926 to 1964.
  3. Joey Gallo hit his 33rd home run of the season in Monday's win but is hitting just .199 on the year. His 33 home runs would be the most by any player hitting below .200 in a single season, surpassing Mark Reynolds' 2010 season, in which he hit .198 with 32 home runs.
  4. Gerrit Cole has a career 1.36 ERA in six starts against Baltimore and has not allowed a run to the Orioles in his last 14 innings against them. His 1.36 ERA is fifth lowest against the Orioles since the club moved to Baltimore in 1954 (min. 30 innings pitched).
  5. After a 6-3 win in the series opener against Toronto, the Orioles dropped the final three games by scores of 11-10, 11-2, and 22-7. Those 44 runs allowed marked the most allowed by the Orioles in a three-game span since August 22-23, 2007 -- a span that began with the infamous 30-3 loss to the Rangers.
  6. Ryan Mountcastle hit his 28th homer of the season in Sunday's loss, second most among rookies behind Texas' Adolis Garcia (29). Mountcastle sits one home run behind Cedric Mullins for the team lead -- the last rookie to lead the Orioles in homers was Jay Gibbons, who tied for the team lead with 15 homers in 2001.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/14/2021 thru 9/16/2021

On Monday, outfielder Aaron Judge described the streakiness and array of close games the New York Yankees are involved in as being a "roller coaster."

A day later, the Yankees enjoyed a relatively smooth ride by combining power and effective pitching. They will seek their third straight win Wednesday night when they visit the Baltimore Orioles for the second game of a three-game series.

New York (81-64) opened the series Tuesday with a 7-2 victory, a rare easy win for a team that is 25-17 in one-run games. A day after Judge hit a game-tying, three-run homer to help the Yankees erase a five-run deficit and beat the Minnesota Twins, he hit one of five New York homers at Baltimore.

Judge and Giancarlo Stanton hit two-run homers while Joey Gallo, Luke Voit and DJ LeMahieu connected for solo shots. New York tied a season high with the five homers and prevailed for just the fifth time in 17 games since a 13-game winning streak Aug. 14-27.

"Jumping up top early is always good," Stanton said. "A little relief even though you have to keep your foot on the gas the whole game. It's much better playing with a lead than trying to catch up."

New York is 10-7 against the Orioles, who handed them a pair of one-run losses Sept. 4-5 at Yankee Stadium.

"Every win is big, obviously," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. "This is the fun time of the year. This is where you want to be, chasing October baseball. It's good to get this first one here, especially after they took two out of three from us at our place."

Baltimore (46-98) is looking to break a four-game losing streak filled with horrendous pitching performances. The Orioles have allowed 51 runs and 18 homers since their last win, Friday against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Making matters worse, the Orioles on Tuesday lifted Trey Mancini due to abdominal soreness and Pedro Severino due to leg/groin soreness. Both players are day-to-day, with the ailments occurring the same day Baltimore placed Jorge Mateo (back) and reliever Tanner Scott (knee) on the injured list.

"We're hoping it's not very serious," Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said of Mancini. "I really took him out of there pretty much for precautionary purposes. Just felt it a little bit in that first at-bat and we talked after the inning. Just didn't want to make it any worse, so we're hoping it feels better (Wednesday)."

Nestor Cortes Jr. (2-2, 2.70 ERA), who owns a 2.85 ERA as a starting pitcher, makes his 11th start of the season for the Yankees. He took his second straight no-decision Thursday when he allowed two runs on six hits in six innings during New York's 6-4 loss to Toronto.

Cortes is facing the Orioles for the second time in three starts. On Sept. 3, he allowed one run on four hits in 5 2/3 innings. The left-hander is 1-0 with a 2.89 ERA in three career appearances (one start) against Baltimore, which had him on its 2018 Opening Day roster.

John Means (5-7, 3.42) will look to follow up one of his best outings of the season for Baltimore. He allowed two runs and five hits in seven-plus innings in a 6-0 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Thursday.

Means is 1-5 with a 4.88 ERA in his past 10 starts and is facing the Yankees for the second time in three starts. He opposed Cortes on Sept. 3 in New York, where he allowed two runs on three hits in five innings.

Means is 1-2 with a 5.81 ERA in nine career appearances (six starts) against the Yankees. He owns a pair of no-decisions and a 2.79 ERA in two starts against New York this year.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 15, 2021

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