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Journeyman lefty Chris Capuano (1-2, 3.91 ERA) attempts to repeat his last performance, as he outpitched former AL MVP and Cy Young winner, Justin Verlander in a Yankees’ victory. In that outing, Capuano tossed 6 2/3 innings, allowing only one unearned run, while scattering 5 hits and striking out 8. Cap hasn’t made a start against the Orioles this season, but has tossed 3 2/3 innings out of the bullpen, allowing 2 earned runs.
In 29 career at-bats against the current group of Orioles, Capuano has actually had some success. The O’s are only hitting .207 lifetime, with no home runs, 6 RBI, 4 walks and 9 Ks. If he can continue to give quality starts each time out, it will once again fall on the Yankees’ Padres-esque lineup to try and put up enough runs to snag a road win.
Opposing Capuano is Bud Norris (9-7, 3.68 ERA), who is having a very solid year for the first place O’s. The Yankees, whose bats went silent against the Indians this weekend, have had some success against Norris. Stephen Drew (6-for-13, 1 2B, 1 3B), Carlos Beltran (8-for-26, 5 2Bs) and Chase Headley (4-for-12) could have a solid game as the Yankees try to stay in contention in both the AL East and the Wild Card.