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Preview: Orioles (89-60) at Yankees (76-72)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 2
Venue: Yankee Stadium
Date: June 21, 2014 1:05 PM EDT
  

The New York Yankees were already surging and knocking on the door of first place in the AL East before their series opener against the Baltimore Orioles.

A thrilling come-from-behind victory will only send their confidence higher.

New York looks to match its longest win streak of the season Saturday when this three-game set continues in the Bronx.

After opening this month with six losses in eight games, the Yankees (39-33) were third in the division and a season-high 6 1/2 games out of first place on June 9. The ensuing 8-2 stretch that includes a three-game sweep of division-leading Toronto has moved them into sole possession of second and within 1 1/2 games of the Blue Jays.

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Friday's 5-3 victory was the most improbable of the recent wins. Slumping Carlos Beltran connected for a three-run walkoff homer with two outs in the ninth inning, giving the Yankees their fourth straight win and first this season in their final at-bat.

"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," said Beltran, who entered Friday batting .221. "I just felt confident that I was going to do something positive."

New York, which won five straight April 12-17, received another strong outing from a starting pitcher. Hiroki Kuroda took a no-hitter into the sixth and allowed two runs in six innings, lowering the rotation's ERA to 2.63 during the four-game streak.

Getting another strong start could be difficult with Vidal Nuno (1-3, 5.90 ERA) taking the mound.

The left-hander had the worst start of his career Sunday at Oakland, allowing eight runs and eight hits over three-plus innings in a 10-5 loss.

The Yankees have lost each of his last five home starts, with Nuno going 0-2 with a 6.04 ERA. Home runs at Yankee Stadium have been a big problem, as he's allowed one in each outing there and nine total in 35 2-3 innings.

In two relief appearances over 3 1-3 innings against the Orioles, he's been reached for eight runs and nine hits - three homers.

Friday's disheartening loss dropped Baltimore (37-35) to 6-5 during a 13-game stretch against division opponents after closer Zach Britton surrendered four earned runs in the ninth. He had allowed three in his first 37 2-3 innings this season.

"It is frustrating. These are games we want to win right now but you just have to turn the page," Britton said. "You cannot just sit here and mope about it. Go out there and make the adjustment."

Red-hot Steve Pearce provided the bulk of the Orioles' offense with two hits and two RBIs. He's 6 for 12 with four doubles, a homer and five RBIs in his last three games, raising his season average to .327.

Baltimore's rotation has also been outstanding lately, posting a 2.06 ERA in the past 11 games.

Bud Norris (6-5, 3.73) has been a key figure in that run, winning his last three starts and allowing one run and 10 hits over 14 2-3 innings in the past two. He tossed 6 2-3 innings and limited Toronto to one run in a 3-2 victory last Saturday.

Pitching away from home, though, has been a struggle for Norris, who is 2-4 with a 5.23 ERA in seven road outings compared to a 4-1 mark and 2.21 ERA in six at home.

The right-hander has never faced the Yankees, but he's plenty familiar with Beltran, who is 8 for 24 with five doubles in their matchups.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Orioles at Yankees
Fri, Jun 20 Final 3 to 5
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Orioles at Yankees
Sat, Jun 21 Final 6 to 1
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 BAL  -110   +140   9 
 NYY  +100   -160   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 BAL  -109   -200   9 
 NYY  -101   +170   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 BAL  54%   61%   76% 
 NYY  46%   39%   24% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Jun 20, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 BAL 3 Under: 8 
 NYY 5 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Apr 9, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 BAL 5 Cover: +155 
 NYY 4 Over: 9 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Apr 8, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 BAL 14 Cover: +100 
 NYY 5 Over: 19 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Apr 7, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 BAL 2 Under: 6 
 NYY 4 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Mar 15, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 NYY 1 Over: 3 
 BAL 2 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Recaps
 Mar 4, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 BAL 3 Cover: +100 
 NYY 2 Over: 5 
 Tools:   Recaps

 MLB PREVIEWS
 Saturday, Jun 21
 
    Orioles at Yankees
1:05 PM EDT
    Mariners at Royals
2:10 PM EDT
    White Sox at Twins
2:10 PM EDT
    Red Sox at Athletics
4:05 PM EDT
    Mets at Marlins
4:10 PM EDT
    Blue Jays at Reds
4:10 PM EDT
    Phillies at Cardinals
4:10 PM EDT
    Brewers at Rockies
4:10 PM EDT
    Astros at Rays
4:10 PM EDT
    Tigers at Indians
7:15 PM EDT
    Braves at Nationals
7:15 PM EDT
    Pirates at Cubs
7:15 PM EDT
    Rangers at Angels
10:05 PM EDT
    Dodgers at Padres
10:10 PM EDT
    Giants at Diamondbacks
10:10 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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