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New York Yankees vs Baltimore Orioles - Preview August 12, 2014
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New York Yankees vs Baltimore Orioles - Preview August 12, 2014



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The New York Yankees face a daunting task to reach the postseason, having to leapfrog at least four teams for one of the AL wild cards with just 15 games remaining.

Chris Young is doing everything he can to give his team a chance.

Young looks to stay hot while trying to help the Yankees split this four-game set with the first-place Baltimore Orioles on Sunday night at Camden Yards.

New York (76-71) sits in third in the AL East and is behind five clubs vying for a wild-card spot. It had dropped four of six after being swept in Friday's doubleheader to open this series.

The Yankees bounced back Saturday, though, as Brian McCann homered in a 3-2 victory.

"At this point in the season, every win is a big win," McCann said.

Young, released by the New York Mets on Aug. 15 before being signed to a minor league deal across town 12 days later, has been a bright spot for the Yankees since being called up Sept. 2.

He's hitting .417 with three homers and eight RBIs during a six-game hitting streak after doubling Saturday. He also stole home as part of a double steal during the Yankees' three-run second inning.

''He's been really, really good,'' manager Joe Girardi said. ''He's swinging the bat well and that's why he is in there.''

While Young attempts to help keep New York in the playoff race, Baltimore (88-60) is cruising to its first division title since 1997 with a magic number of five and a 10 1/2-game lead on Toronto.

The Orioles had their season-best six-game winning streak come to an end Saturday despite allowing just four hits. Steve Pearce hit a solo homer in the sixth while Nick Markakis, Adam Jones and Jimmy Paredes joined Pearce with two hits apiece.

The loss snapped Baltimore's five-game win streak against New York and dropped its record to 10-4 in the season series. The Orioles, who still have a four-game series at the Bronx during the final week of the season, haven't won 11 games versus the Yankees in a single season since going 11-2 in 1982.

Baltimore turns to Chris Tillman (12-5, 3.36 ERA), who has allowed more than two runs only once over his last eight starts - all Baltimore victories - while going 5-0 with a 1.74 ERA in that span. He gave up one run and struck out five in five innings of Tuesday's 4-1 victory over Boston.

The right-hander said he didn't feel as sharp as he's been in his recent outings, but he was able to minimize the damage.

"I felt like I was digging myself out of holes all night, but we were able to make some pitches when we needed to and that's always a plus," Tillman said.

Tillman is 3-0 with a 1.86 ERA in his last six home starts, including allowing two runs in seven innings of Baltimore's 5-3 victory over New York on Aug. 13. He's 1-1 with a 2.18 ERA in three starts against the Yankees, who counter with Hiroki Kuroda (10-9, 3.91).

Kuroda went 3-0 with a 2.36 ERA over a four-start span before allowing four runs and nine hits over 3 1-3 innings in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to Tampa Bay for his shortest outing of the season.

It marked the first time in eight starts he allowed more than three runs.

The right-hander is 1-0 with a 2.79 ERA in three starts against the Orioles this season, striking out 13 and walking only one in 19 1-3 innings.

Derek Jeter, who is batting .348 in his career off Tillman, is hitless in his last 20 at-bats.

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