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Venue: Oriole Park at Camden Yards
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The New York Yankees may have a good chance to get even in this three-game set against the Baltimore Orioles based on their history against Zach Britton.

The visiting Yankees have enjoyed success versus the Orioles starter in the past heading into Saturday night's matchup.

New York (42-37) is 15-10 against left-handed starters for baseball's third-best mark while Britton (1-2, 5.51 ERA) owns a 7.82 ERA versus the Yankees for his second-worst against any club.

Britton is 1-3 in six starts against New York, although he has fared better in going 1-1 with a 2.60 ERA in three at home.

Robinson Cano is 4 for 10 against Britton. The star second baseman has gone 10 straight games without an extra-base hit after collecting three singles in Friday's 4-3 loss.

The Yankees blew a 3-0 lead after CC Sabathia held the Orioles (45-36) hitless through five innings. Baltimore rallied for three runs in the sixth inning before Nate McLouth hit a go-ahead solo homer in the seventh.

"Tonight was a team win because we didn't get anything until the sixth inning,'' center fielder Adam Jones said. "We got everything in spurts."

Tommy Hunter got the final six outs for his second save. Orioles manager Buck Showalter opted against using closer Jim Johnson, who has blown five save opportunities but leads the majors with 27.

"I think he's leading the league in appearances, he pitched three out of four days, threw 60-something pitches in three days," said Showalter about Johnson. "I just wanted to give him one more day. He feels good and I want to keep him that way."

Showalter indicated after the victory that the Orioles may consider calling up a pitcher from Triple-A Norfolk since they do not have a long reliever available Saturday. It's because Kevin Gausman pitched 4 1-3 innings of relief for his first career victory after T.J. McFarland lasted 2 2-3 in his first career start.

The Yankees will start David Phelps (5-4, 4.01), who was originally listed to start Friday. Manager Joe Girardi insisted the mix-up stemmed from a miscommunication between pitching coach Larry Rothschild and the team's public relations department.

"In my mind, it was always CC on Friday and Phelps on Saturday,'' said Girardi, whose team has lost three straight since he notched his 599th career victory.

Phelps threw four innings of scoreless relief while allowing only one hit in New York's 5-3 loss to Baltimore on April 13. He also recorded three scoreless relief appearances against the Orioles last year, but posted an 8.31 ERA without a decision in two starts.

Major league home run leader Chris Davis is 0 for 7 with four strikeouts against the right-hander. Davis is 9 for 25 with two homers and 14 strikeouts against the Yankees, with the Orioles leading the season series 4-3.

Phelps is 4-3 with a 3.63 ERA over 10 starts this season, and New York has won his last six versus AL East foes.

He'll have to be wary of Matt Wieters, 3 for 7 against him with two homers.

The Orioles expect to be once again without Brian Roberts, out since the first week of the season with an injured hamstring. Roberts is slated to rejoin Baltimore on Sunday.

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Probable Starters

David Phelps, RHP
2013 stats
74.0 Innings Pitched 16.1
5-4 Wins-Losses 1-2
4.01 Earned Run Average 5.51
30 Walks 8
69 Strikeouts 8
93 Pitches Per Start 95
Career vs. opponent
17.2 Innings Pitched 25.1
1-0 Wins-Losses 1-3
4.08 Earned Run Average 7.82

Zach Britton, LHP
Weather
weather image  Isolated tstorms late. Morning clouds. Warm.
Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
87°F66°F8mph/S49%30%
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
NY Yankees2nd AL East7257.5581 ½ 5-5 W 3
Baltimore4th AL East6367.485111-9 L 4
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Zach Britton
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Gardner110001.000
Hafner21101.500
Nix63002.500
Cano104012.400
Suzuki81000.125
 
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs David Phelps
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Wieters73212.429
Hardy83011.375
Jones83013.375
McLouth51011.200
Machado61001.167
 

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Injuries
NY Yankees
PlayerInjury
D. AckleyBack
J. LindgrenElbow
D. MorenoElbow
C. SabathiaKnee
S. SantosElbow
M. TeixeiraLeg
C. WhitleyElbow
M. WilliamsShoulder
Baltimore
PlayerInjury
J. HardyGroin
C. RoeShoulder
M. WrightCalf
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
Apr 6TBBAL 6-2Tillman Archer 
Apr 7TBBAL 6-5Gausman Karns 
Apr 8TBTB 2-0Odorizzi Gonzalez 
May 1BALTB 2-0Colome Tillman 
May 2BALBAL 4-0Gonzalez Archer 
May 3BALBAL 4-2Hunter Geltz 
May 29BALBAL 2-1O'Day Gomes 
May 30BALTB 3-0Ramirez Chen 
May 31BALTB 9-5Odorizzi Tillman 
Jul 24TBTB 3-1Colome O'Day 
Jul 25TBBAL 5-1Gonzalez Ramirez 
Jul 26TBBAL 5-2Chen Moore 
Aug 31BAL 7:05 PM EDT  
Sep 1BAL 7:05 PM EDT  
Sep 2BAL 7:05 PM EDT  
Sep 17TB 7:10 PM EDT  
Sep 18TB 7:10 PM EDT  
Sep 19TB 6:10 PM EDT  
Sep 20TB 1:10 PM EDT