This is it--the beginning of the final home series in Derek Jeter's illustrious 20-year career. Even with the Orioles likely taking it easy as they prepare for the playoffs, the Yankees face a tall task in trying to give their captain one more series victory at Yankee Stadium, as the O's own the second-best record in baseball at 93-62.
Still, the Yankees will send out one of their best starters in Michael Pineda. Just give him some run support for once--Pineda's run support this year has been an atrocious 2.4 runs per game. Fix this. Maybe Jose Pirela will help making his major league debut to push the Yankees' roster to a record 57 players, but probably not. Sigh.
Go Big Mike, go baseball.
|BALTIMORE ORIOLES||NEW YORK YANKEES|
|Nick Markakis - RF||Brett Gardner - CF|
|Alejandro De Aza - LF||Derek Jeter - SS|
|Adam Jones - CF||Brian McCann - C|
|Nelson Cruz - DH||Chris Young - LF|
|J.J. Hardy - SS||Chase Headley - 3B|
|Christian Walker - 1B||Francisco Cervelli - 1B|
|Ryan Flaherty - 3B||Stephen Drew - 2B|
|Caleb Joseph - C||Ichiro Suzuki - RF|
|Jonathan Schoop - 2B||Jose Pirela - DH|
|Wei-Yin Chen - LHP||Michael Pineda - RHP|