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Preview: Yankees (84-78) at Orioles (96-66)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 1
Venue: Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Date: August 11, 2014 7:05 PM EDT
  

The New York Yankees' offense has picked an inconvenient time to be mired in a slump as the club heads into a prime opportunity to make up ground in the AL East race.

New York looks to bounce back against Baltimore starter Bud Norris as it begins a crucial three-game series against the first-place Orioles at Camden Yards on Monday night.

The Yankees (61-56) had won six of seven after beating Cleveland 10-6 on Friday, but they were shut down by Corey Kluber in Saturday's 3-0 defeat and managed only Jacoby Ellsbury's ninth-inning homer in a 4-1 loss Sunday.

Ellsbury connected with two outs, preventing New York from being shut out in back-to-back games for the first time since 1999. Mark Teixeira played for the first time in four games because of an injured left pinkie and had one of the Yankees' five hits.

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New York is six games back of Baltimore (67-49) in the division and 2 1/2 behind Kansas City for the second AL wild-card spot.

'Not really sure (what went wrong),' manager Joe Girardi said. "You learn it's going to happen and you deal with it.'

The Yankees have been outscored 44-25 while dropping six of nine to the Orioles this season, and facing Norris (9-7, 3.68 ERA) will likely present another tough challenge for their lineup.

Norris pitched seven innings in Baltimore's 1-0, 13-inning victory over the Los Angeles Angels on July 31, then was staked to a four-run lead and allowed two runs in 5 1-3 innings of a 9-3 win over Toronto on Tuesday.

The right-hander is 5-2 with a 2.64 ERA in his last eight outings.

"It's a lot easier to pitch with a lead, when you've got more of a cushion," Norris said. "When you have a cushion, you can attack the strike zone that much more. It helps the starting pitcher and even the bullpen."

The Orioles provided Norris with early runs June 21 as he allowed one in five innings of a 6-1 victory over New York. That was his only career start against the Yankees, and he'll look to help get his club back on track after it fell 8-3 to St. Louis on Sunday.

Baltimore had won six of seven after outscoring the Cardinals 22-5 with nine homers while taking the first two games of the series. Sunday marked the first time in nine games the Orioles failed to go deep, and rookie Caleb Joseph's five-game home run streak was snapped.

Manager Buck Showalter tried to downplay the importance of this series against the Yankees due to the amount of games left to be played.

'We don't really look at it quite the way everybody else does,' Showalter said. 'It's significant because they're one of the teams we've got to be better than when the smoke clears.'

Chris Capuano (1-2, 3.91) has not allowed a homer in 19 innings since becoming a Yankee. He's pitched well since being acquired from Colorado on July 24, going 0-1 with a 2.84 ERA in three starts.

The left-hander allowed an unearned run and struck out eight in 6 2-3 innings of a 5-1 victory over Detroit on Wednesday.

'That was one of the reasons we went and got him,' Girardi said. 'He does know how to pitch.'

Capuano has a 4.91 ERA in three relief appearances against the Orioles this season - the only times he's faced them in his career.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Yankees at Orioles
Mon, Aug 11 Final 3 to 11
 Boxscores  •  Recaps
GAME 2
Yankees at Orioles
Tue, Aug 12 - 7:05PM EDT
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GAME 3
Yankees at Orioles
Wed, Aug 13 Final 3 to 5
 Boxscores  •  Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 NYY  +115   -200   8.5 
 BAL  -125   +170   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 NYY  +113   -185   8.5 
 BAL  -123   +160   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 NYY  36%   44%   56% 
 BAL  64%   56%   44% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Jul 13, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 NYY 1 Under: 4 
 BAL « 3 Cover: +100 
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 Jul 12, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 NYY « 3 Cover: +133 
 BAL 0 Under: 3 
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 Jul 11, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 NYY 2 Under: 5 
 BAL « 3 Cover: +100 
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 Jun 22, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 BAL « 8 Cover: +190 
 NYY 0 Over: 8 
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 Jun 21, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 BAL « 6 Cover: +100 
 NYY 1 Under: 7 
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 Jun 20, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 BAL 3 Under: 8 
 NYY « 5 Cover: +100 
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 Apr 9, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 BAL « 5 Cover: +155 
 NYY 4 Over: 9 
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 Apr 8, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 BAL « 14 Cover: +100 
 NYY 5 Over: 19 
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 Apr 7, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 BAL 2 Under: 6 
 NYY « 4 Cover: +100 
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 Mar 15, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 NYY 1 Over: 3 
 BAL « 2 Cover: +100 
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 MLB PREVIEWS
 Monday, Aug 11
 
  •  Mets at Phillies
1:05 PM EDT
  •  Yankees at Orioles
7:05 PM EDT
  •  Tigers at Pirates
7:05 PM EDT
  •  Dodgers at Braves
7:10 PM EDT
  •  Cardinals at Marlins
7:10 PM EDT
  •  Rays at Rangers
8:05 PM EDT
  •  Brewers at Cubs
8:05 PM EDT
  •  Athletics at Royals
8:10 PM EDT
  •  Twins at Astros
8:10 PM EDT
  •  Blue Jays at Mariners
10:10 PM EDT
  •  Rockies at Padres
10:10 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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