40-year-old Andy Pettitte will start on the mound for NY. Image courtesy of bleacherreport.com/Hannah Foslien - Getty Images
After a two-and-a-half hour rain delay, the Yankees vs Orioles series got off to a thrilling start, with New York catcher Russell Martin hitting a go-ahead homer in the 9th before the visitors piled on a further three runs in that final inning to record a 7-2 win.
It continued the trend of the Yankees having the wood on the Orioles this season. Baltimore went 29-9 in games decided by one run throughout 2012, yet three of those losses were to New York. The Orioles also lost just two extra-inning games all season; again, both defeats came against the Yankees.
With just one game remaining in the series at Camden Yards, Baltimore desperately needs to pull off a victory in game two on Tuesday (AEST). They’ll have rookie Wei-Yin Chen on the mound against Yankees veteran Andy Pettitte.
Chen was 1-2 in four starts against the Bronx Bombers this season, and in his last outing against them in September, New York tore him to shreds racking up seven runs on six hits – including three homers – in 4 2/3 innings.
Pettitte and shortstop Derek Jeter were both around when these teams last met in the playoffs when they faced off in the 1996 American League championship series. The lefty is 16-4 in Baltimore but is just 1-3 on the road this season.
In the other Tuesday game, the Washington Nationals take a 1-0 series lead in to game two against reigning World Series champions the St Louis Cardinals.
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