BALTIMORE — To suggest that there has been a reversal of fortune — that after an 11-3 bludgeoning of the New York Yankees on Saturday night at Camden Yards, the Baltimore Orioles and Bronx Bombers have swapped places — would be premature.
The Yankees, after all, won the American League East last year, kicked the Orioles out of the playoffs and, despite their injuries and recent struggles, are currently in third place in the division and only three games behind the Orioles.
But there’s no question the gap has shrunk considerably between baseball’s ultimate “haves” and the league’s perennial “not quite yets.”
Case in point: With Saturday’s victory before a sold-out, announced crowd of 46,607 and a Fox national television audience, the Orioles (46-36) have won five of eight this season against the Yankees (42-38). They haven’t won a season series against the Yankees since 1997.
Saturday, Zach Britton, the Orioles’ 25-year-old left-hander who was making just his fourth start of the season, took advantage of the stumbling Yankees.
Britton threw five scoreless innings before giving up two runs (one earned) in the sixth. Baltimore finished with 15 hits, including Chris Davis’s 29th and 30th home runs and Ryan Flaherty’s sixth.
— Baltimore Sun