(SportsNetwork.com) – The New York Yankees will host the Baltimore Orioles in game two of a three-game set as they search for their fifth consecutive win Saturday at Yankee Stadium.
The Orioles will send Bud Norris to the mound for the start against the Yankees, while New York will counter with Vidal Nuno, who has struggled this season.
Norris is 6-5 on the season with a 3.73 earned run average, but he’s had a harder go of it on the road, having racked up just two wins in seven starts with a 5.23 ERA.
Still, Norris has won his last three starts, and has allowed just one run combined in his two most recent outings. Against Toronto last Saturday, Norris allowed seven hits and gave up just one run in 6 2/3 innings while striking out five.
“I was a little shaky, wasn’t great particularly early, but started to find my stride,” Norris said after his last start.
He last suffered a loss back on May 28 at Milwaukee and this will be his first career start against the Yankees.
Nuno was absolutely rocked in his last outing on Sunday. In just three innings pitched – his shortest outing of the year – Nuno gave up eight earned runs on eight hits, including two home runs to Oakland.
The left hander is 1-3 on the season with a 5.90 ERA, 46 strikeouts and 20 walks. His only win of the season came back on May 7. Since then, he’s picked up three losses and three no-decisions.
In two appearances against Baltimore (no starts), Nuno is 0-1 in 3 1/3 innings pitched with a 21.60 ERA after allowing eight runs.
This series began Friday night as Hiroki Kuroda and Ubaldo Jimenez squared off in a pitching duel. The Yankees, trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the ninth inning, came up with a walk-off win thanks to Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran.
With Zach Britton on the mound for the Orioles, McCann singled to score Brett Gardner and close the gap to 3-2. With runners on first and second base, Beltran ripped a home run to left field to provide the walk-off runs.
“Thank God the past couple of days I would say I’ve been feeling more comfortable at the plate and I’ve been putting good at-bats together,” Beltran said. “I just felt confident that I was going to do something positive.”
Britton was credited with his first loss of the season, while David Huff picked up the win for the Yankees. Kuroda lasted six innings and gave up two runs, while Jimenez remained on the hill for 5 2/3 innings and allowed one run, but walked six batters.
Nelson Cruz, the AL leader in home runs and RBIs, was limited to one hit in three at-bats.
The Yankees remain a game and a half behind Toronto for the American League East lead, while Baltimore slipped to 3 1/2 games back.