Series: Game 3 of 4

Baltimore leads 2-1 (as of 9/13)

Game 1: Friday, September 12
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Game 2: Friday, September 12
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Game 3: Saturday, September 13
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Game 4: Sunday, September 14
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Yankees 3

(76-71, 38-36 away)

Orioles 2

(88-60, 45-29 home)

    Coverage:  FOX

    1:05 PM ET, September 13, 2014

    Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland 

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    BAL 001001000 2 9 0

    W: S. Greene (5-3)

    L: M. Gonzalez (9-8)

    S: D. Robertson (36)

    Yankees-Orioles Preview


    The Baltimore Orioles have smashed and mashed their way to the verge of the AL East title despite missing key offensive components due to long-term injuries.

    Now they must continue their drive to the playoffs and potentially into the postseason without the suspended Chris Davis as their series continues Saturday versus the New York Yankees.

    Baltimore (88-59) has a comfortable 11 1/2-game lead atop the AL East on the strength of its major league-leading 192 home runs. It reduced its magic number for clinching its first division title since 1997 to five following a doubleheader sweep of New York on Friday that was powered more by pitching than power hitting.

    That may become a recurring theme the final two-plus weeks for the Orioles after Major League Baseball handed down a 25-game suspension to Davis, who is second on the team with 26 homers despite a .196 batting average, following his positive test for an amphetamine. Though Baltimore has played significant portions of the season minus Manny Machado and Matt Wieters, the onus to keep hitting the ball out of the park will fall more on Nelson Cruz and Adam Jones the rest of the way.

    "First of all, we got to get to the postseason," said manager Buck Showalter, refusing to take anything for granted despite his team's firm footing. "Our goal right now is to get there. It just means we will be without him for the rest of the regular season.

    "You have to learn to deal with the problems and challenges along the way," he added. "If they are self-inflicted, there is no woe is me. And this is self-inflicted."

    Baltimore, which has won a season-high six straight, has gotten plenty of mileage from its rotation during its breakaway stretch. Orioles starters have gone 9-2 with a 2.18 ERA while the team has won 15 of 19, with Kevin Gausman and Bud Norris combining for 14 shutout innings in the twinbill.

    "I wasn't going to pitch anybody twice in the doubleheader," Showalter said. "Fortunately I did that but only because we've got some skilled people that can do a job."

    Miguel Gonzalez (9-7, 3.22 ERA) looks to follow suit and give the Orioles four 10-game winners for the first time since 1997. The right-hander also carries a scoreless streak of his own, which is 16 innings after winning his third straight start Monday.

    Gonzalez scattered six hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings of a 4-0 victory at Boston and is 4-1 with a 1.04 ERA in his last five starts.

    "Staying positive and staying aggressive every time I go out there and not do too much," Gonzalez told MLB's official website about the secret to his success.

    He did not record a decision in either of his two starts versus New York this year, giving up five runs in 14 innings.

    The Yankees (75-71), teetering on the edge of relevancy in the wild-card race as they're five games back with 16 to play, have been shut out three times while losing five of eight.

    "No excuses," first baseman Brian McCann said. "We have to be able to score runs."

    They look to regroup behind rookie Shane Greene (4-3, 3.57), who has gotten no support in losing his last two starts. He also contributed to his 2-0 defeat to Kansas City on Sunday with a second-inning error, and both runs he allowed over five innings were unearned.

    One of Greene's best starts this year came at Baltimore on July 12, when he limited the Orioles to four hits and two walks in 7 1/3 innings of a 3-0 win.

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    Gameday Matchup

     New YorkBaltimore
    Current StreakW1W1
    Last 106-44-6

    Pitching Matchup

    New YorkBaltimore
    S. Greene
    5-4, 3.78 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/24 at NYY
    3.2 IP, 6 ER
    Dec = Loss
    M. Gonzalez
    10-9, 3.23 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/28 at TOR
    5.0 IP, 0 ER
    Dec = Win

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.New YorkBaltimore
    1. J. Ellsbury, DH N. Markakis, RF
    2. D. Jeter, SS A. De Aza, LF
    3. B. Gardner, CF A. Jones, CF
    4. M. Prado, 2B N. Cruz, DH
    5. B. McCann, C S. Pearce, 1B
    6. M. Teixeira, 1B J. Hardy, SS
    7. C. Young, LF J. Paredes, 3B
    8. A. Richardson, RF R. Flaherty, 2B
    9. Z. Wheeler, 3B C. Joseph, C