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Double-Trouble In Charm City

Double-Trouble In Charm City
New York Yankees vs Baltimore Orioles June 2, 2006 at Camden Yards Orioles Park
Photo from June 2, 2006, Yankees vs Orioles at Camden Yards. New York prevailed in a back and forth contest, 6-5. Randy Johnson started, vulture Scott Procter blew the save then earned the ‘W’ after the Yanks came back, and Chien-Ming Wang held it down for the save. Andy Phillips and Johnny Damon hit homers for New York, as the Bronx Bombers improved to 33-21, good enough for first place and a half game lead over the Boston Red Sox. Photo credit: Gary Miotla.

Thanks to a rainout in Baltimore on May 31st, the Yankees and Orioles will play two today. CC Sabathia will take his regularly scheduled start in game one, while Luis Cessa was called up and will get another shot to impress in the nightcap. CC’s counterpart will be Jimmy Yacabonis, a AAA-Norfolk callup for the Birds.
 
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This will be Yacabonis’ second start of there season, his first coming June 28th against the Seattle Mariners where he kept The M’s scoreless over 4 innings, scattering 6 hits. Yacabonis relies on a four-seam fastball in the mid-90s, along with a slider and change in the mid-to-high 80s.
 

Cessa’s Shot

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With the rotation under a huge question mark, every start is a audition. Cessa’s most recent appearance for the club was a spot start on June 27th in Philadelphia, where he was touched up for 3 earned runs and 5 hits over 3 innings, taking the loss. Let’s not kid ourselves. Masahiro Tanaka will return this week, and Domingo German is improving his chances of assuming Jordan Montomery’s rotation spot, but a lights out performance by Cessa would give Aaron Boone something to think about — also for a possible switch out of a Sonny Gray start!
 
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Cessa will matchup against Yefry Ramirez in the nightcap. If Ramirez sounds familiar to Yankee fans, he was a Rule 5 selection by New York in 2015, then added to the 40-man roster at the end of 2016. He was sent to Orioles at last season’s trade deadline in exchange for some international free agent dineros.
 
With a 0-2, 2.51 ERA mark, his will be his third start of the season and first time ever against the Yankees.
 

The Baltimore Orioles

40 games under .500. ‘Nuff said. That, and the Manny Machado trade drama is the narrative of their 2018 season. Speaking of, here’s the latest trade buzz: All-in for Machado? This club could have the edge.
 
The teams have met six times so far and are split at 3-3. One odd stat is that the away team has won 5 of the 6, so lets see if that hold ups today!
 
All told, the last thing the Yankees need is a double-header in the middle of a road trip, but they can’t let their guard down against the Birds.
 
DRAFT KINGS ALERT: CC is one Yankee pitcher who can’t wait to see Machado out of the AL East. The O’s shortstop is raking Sabathia at a .377 clip, with 20 hits in 53 ABs including 5 home runs and 6 doubles. OF Adam Jones (.330) has also taken CC yard 5 times in 81 at-bats.
 

Trade Deadline Rumors

A starter? Bullpen help? A first-baseman? The story changes every day but the fact remains there are slim pickings out there unless a team wants to clear out their farm system. The Yankees have been linked to every available hurler and a bunch who aren’t available, even one the club gave up on — Nathan Eovaldi, who New York scouts are rumored to be scoping out (hat tip: Pinstripe Alley).
 
Let’s go, CC. Let’s go, Luis. Let’s go, Yankees!

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