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Venue: Oriole Park at Camden Yards
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The Baltimore Orioles have been one of baseball's biggest surprises, but their struggles against the New York Yankees - particularly at home - have remained.

Avoiding a fifth straight home loss to their AL East rivals will be a challenge with a red-hot CC Sabathia on the mound Tuesday night in the conclusion of this two-game series.

While the Orioles (22-14) appear to be an improved team and figure to have a good chance at ending a run of 14 straight losing seasons, that hasn't helped them against the Yankees (20-15).

Baltimore has lost five of seven meetings in 2012 and dropped to 0-4 in the season series at home with Monday night's 8-5 defeat. Slumping Mark Teixeira snapped a tie with a two-run homer in the seventh and Curtis Granderson also went deep to help New York win for the fourth time in five games.

Asked if his two-hit, two-RBI performance made him feel any better, Teixeira replied, "I'd like to say yes. I want to be positive, but the truth is ... not really. I'm just trying to grind through it. In this game, you're always playing through something."

The Yankees are 104-55-1 in the regular season at Camden Yards - a .652 winning percentage which is the best by any AL team in the park's history.

Adding another win to that total seems likely with Sabathia (5-0, 3.51 ERA) on the hill. He's 16-2 with a 2.86 ERA in 23 starts against the Orioles and has completed at least six innings in the last 13 matchups.

The left-hander has looked every bit like an ace lately, lasting eight innings in four straight outings and posting a 2.52 ERA during his five-start win streak after compiling a 6.75 mark in his first two. He outpitched David Price in a 5-3 victory over Tampa Bay on Thursday, allowing two runs with a season-high 10 strikeouts.

Sabathia's last appearance that didn't result in a win came at Baltimore on April 11, when he gave up four runs and eight hits over six innings of an extra-inning victory.

Robert Andino is 8 for 17 with a homer against Sabathia while Matt Wieters is 4 for 21 with eight strikeouts.

Baltimore has lost five of eight on a nine-game homestand to fall into a tie with Tampa Bay for the top spot in the East.

First baseman Chris Davis made a key error in the sixth Monday, letting a potential double-play grounder get through as two runs scored.

"I just wasn't ready to make the catch," Davis said. "Tried to make the throw before I had the ball."

The Orioles have received quality starts in only two of their last nine games and Wei-Yin Chen (3-0, 2.43) was responsible for one of those. The Taiwan native has allowed two runs or fewer in five of six starts and is coming off arguably his best outing.

He limited a potent Texas lineup to two runs - one earned - and six hits over a season-best 7 2-3 innings with one walk and five strikeouts Thursday in a 6-5 victory.

Chen made his major league debut against the Yankees on April 10, yielding four runs - two earned - and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings before leaving without a decision in an extra-inning loss.

Derek Jeter led off that game with a home run. He had his 3,143rd hit Monday to move into sole possession of 16th place on the career list.

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Probable Starters

CC Sabathia, LHP
2012 stats
51.1 Innings Pitched 37.0
5-0 Wins-Losses 3-0
3.51 Earned Run Average 2.43
10 Walks 12
53 Strikeouts 28
0.0 Pitches Per Start 0.0
Career vs. opponent
163.2 Innings Pitched 5.2
16-2 Wins-Losses 0-0
2.86 Earned Run Average 3.18

Wei-Yin Chen, LHP
Weather
weather image  A few tstorms. Cloudy. Warm.
Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
79°F64°F6mph/SW66%60%
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
NY Yankees1st AL East1710.630-7-3 W 1
Baltimore3rd AL East1212.5003 ½ 5-5 L 1
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Wei-Yin Chen
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Cano31000.333
Swisher31001.333
Teixeira31000.333
Martin31001.333
Jeter31100.333
 
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs CC Sabathia
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Andino187103.389
Betemit83014.375
Jones3612236.333
Hardy72002.286
Markakis4712126.255
 

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Game Odds
AwayLineHomeLine
N.Y. Yankees -145 Baltimore 135
Injuries
NY Yankees
PlayerInjury
C. CapuanoQuadriceps
C. HeadleyBack
I. NovaElbow
J. PirelaConcussion
B. RyanCalf
M. TanakaForearm
Baltimore
PlayerInjury
R. FlahertyGroin
J. HardyShoulder
S. PearceIllness
J. SchoopKnee
M. WietersElbow
W. WrightNeck
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
May 5NYMNYM 3-2Colon Norris 
May 6NYM 7:10 PM EDT  
Aug 18BAL 7:05 PM EDT  
Aug 19BAL 7:05 PM EDT