Scouting report: Orioles vs. Yankees

September 17, 1996|By Jason LaCanfora RTC

At Yankee Stadium, New York

Day, Time .......... TV ...... Starters

Tonight, 7:35 ...... HTS ..... Mike Mussina (19-10, 4.77) vs. David Cone (6-2, 2.21)

Tomorrow, 7:35 ..... HTS ..... Scott Erickson (12-11, 5.18) vs. Andy Pettitte (21-8, 4.13)

Thursday, 7:35 ..... HTS ..... David Wells (11-13, 4.72) vs. Kenny Rogers (10-8, 4.94)

Radio: All games on WBAL (1090 AM) and WTOP (1500 AM)

Yankees update

The Orioles' biggest series of the year has arrived. Three wins and they could tie for the lead in the AL East. Three losses and any hopes of a division title would be virtually over and a playoff spot would be in jeopardy. Orioles manager Davey Johnson said the Orioles must win at least two of three games with the Yankees and eight of their last 13 games to remain in the playoff hunt. The last time the Orioles and Yankees met, the Yankees swept four games at Camden Yards to start the second half of the season. A lot has changed since then. The Yankees are 29-31 since sweeping that series, but are 11-5 in their last 16 games. Both Johnson and Yankees manager Joe Torre aligned the pitching rotations to set their aces up against each other. David Cone and Andy Pettitte, who start the first two games for the Yankees, could be the two best starters in the American League when healthy. Thursday's starter, Kenny Rogers, is having arm problems and may not be able to go more than five innings. Historically, the Orioles have had trouble in Yankee Stadium, going 29-46 there since 1985. They have not won a series in the Bronx since 1989. TheYankees have won eight of their 10 games with the Orioles this season.

Pub Date: 9/17/96

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