Yankees Probable Pitchers & Starting Lineup vs. Orioles, April 7

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The last time we saw the Baltimore Orioles play the New York Yankees, the O's were throwing Aaron Judge four sliders low and away and calling it a day, desperate to avoid surrendering history-making homers to Big No. 99.

Everyone was angry. Yankee fans accused the Orioles of being weak for avoiding contact. Orioles fans accused Yankee fans of being dismissive of legitimate strategy -- and sorry for not recognizing your brilliance here, Baltimore, our bad. How'd you guys come up with that plan?! Freaking ... brilliant.

And, all the while, college football fans were angry at both sides over ESPN cutting into every Judge at-bat live during games, only for the at-bats to uniformly end in walks. It was an ugly time. We don't want to go back there -- except for, obviously, the part where Judge was about to make history in Texas. That was pretty cool.

Now, the two sides will face off in the Yankees' first AL East series of 2023 (and Baltimore's home opener, postponed one day by east coast storms). Here's how things line up.

Yankees Lineup for Friday, April 7 vs Orioles

Yankees Pitching Probables for Friday, April 7 vs Orioles

Yes, it seems it'll be Clarke Schmidt, which logic dictated; Nestor Cortes and Domingo Germán are lined up for the rest of the series, and Gerrit Cole just wrapped up the last series against Philadelphia (and did it well). For whatever reason, MLB's pitching probables listed the Yankees' starter as TBD, just hours before the game, while rumors of Johny Brito's promotion swirled. Clearly, whatever that move is won't impact today's game (despite reports to the contrary).

On the Orioles' side, Dean Kremer toes the rubber. He was beat up by the roller coaster Red Sox offense and sports a 15.00 ERA after one start this season, and also scuffles against the Yankees historically (20 hits allowed in 12.1 innings across three starts in 2021, with an 8.03 ERA to boot; four earned runs in 5.1 innings in his only start of 2022).

First pitch is scheduled for 3:05 PM EST, but expect that to be held up slightly by a ceremony.