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Friday, July 5, 2013
First Pitch: O, have the tables turned?
By Ian Begley
If the Yankees have their way, it'll be payback time in the Bronx this weekend.
The Bombers welcome the Orioles to The Stadium for a three-game set, starting on Friday night.
This is the same Orioles team that swept the Yanks last weekend at Camden Yards.
But the O's will be facing a more upbeat Yankee club.
Joe Girardi's crew is coming off of a four-game sweep of the
The Bombers scored 29 runs over four games against the Twins, a sizable increase from the eight they scored in three games against the O's last weekend.
has been red-hot of late, hitting .500 in his past seven games with 11 RBIs. His six-game hit streak, during which he had two or more hits in each game, came to an end Thursday.
Cano owns the Orioles so far this season, hitting .361 with 13 hits, two homers and five RBIs against Baltimore.
Of late, Cano has been carrying a Yankees offense that ranks 19th in runs, 24th in on-base percentage and 25th in slugging.
If recent history is any indication, though, the O's may be able to slow Cano down on Friday night.
is slated to start on Friday, opposite Yanks' righty
Cano is just 2-for-12 in his career against Gonzalez, with two strikeouts. But the Yankees second baseman is an eye-popping 10-for-19 with two homers and seven RBIs against Saturday's starter,