Series Preview: Orioles (32-74) @ Yankees (67-37)

Zach Britton pitches in Yankees pinstripes.

After notching three straight wins to end the home stand against the Rays, the Orioles will head to the Bronx for a quick two-game set against the Yankees.

The Orioles (32-74) will be looking to carry the form they showed against Tampa into their upcoming nine-game road swing as they’ve notched three straight games of ten-plus runs and a combined total of 37 runs scored to just 12 runs allowed during their current three-game win streak. It is the longest winning streak the Orioles have recorded since winning four in a row from May 9th-12th.

The Yankees (67-37) will be looking to edge closer to the Red Sox as they’ve fallen six games off the pace of their Boston rivals in the race for the division title. However, the Yankees remain in solid form with a 14-10 record in the month of July and still own a five-game lead over the Seattle Mariners for the AL’s first wild card spot.

Yefry Ramirez (1-3, 3.49 ERA) will take on Masahiro Tanaka (8-2, 4.09 ERA) in tonight’s series opener.

Ramirez recorded his first major league win after allowing three runs over five innings in his last outing versus the Red Sox, and will be looking to pick up another notch in the win column against the Yankees. The O’s rookie has posted a 3.79 ERA over four starts this month and has allowed just three runs on six hits over ten innings during his last two starts combined.

Tanaka spun a gem against the Rays during his last outing and allowed just three hits over nine shutout innings en route to his eighth win of the season. The Yankees’ longtime standout owns a perfect 4-0 record and a stout 3.29 ERA over his last seven starts and a sparkling 2.29 ERA over 19 2/3 innings through three starts in July.

Alex Cobb (2-14, 6.08 ERA) will match-up against Sonny Gray (8-7, 5.08 ERA) in tomorrow’s series finale.

Cobb took another loss despite a solid performance versus Tampa as he allowed just three runs on eight hits over six innings. Cobb has been pitching well as of late and owns an impressive 3.12 ERA through 17 1/3 innings over his last three starts combined, but has lost all three starts to show for it.

Gray picked up his eighth win of the season after shutting out the Royals over five innings during his last start, and will be looking to stay in-form against the Orioles. Gray has gone 3-1 with a solid 3.44 ERA over four starts this month and has allowed just two runs over his last 16 1/3 innings of work.

That’s it for now, folks!

Here’s to a couple more in the win column.

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