Series Preview: Yankees Head To Baltimore To Make A Dent

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Player To Watch: Mark Teixeira

One of the sole consistent power sources for the Yankees this season, Tex needs to have a big series if the Yankees are going to have any success. The Baltimore product likes playing in front of the friends and family in his home state of Maryland, so expect big things now that Tex is back in the lineup.

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Tex is going to look to bounce back against the Orioles who he, like most of the Bombers in 2014 have struggled against. He is only 4-for-19, but does have a home run and 3 RBI in 6 games. His glove is always important to a shaky Yankees’ defense, but it’s hit middle-of-the-order thunder that lengthens the lineup. With Brian McCann being on the 7-day disabled list with concussion symptoms, the Yankees will lean on their first baseman to provide some offensive spark and to drive in runs when Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury are on base in front of him. The fact that he has good history against the Game 3 starter, Chris Tillman, should bode well for Tex.