The Orioles were supposed to miss CC Sabathia during their three-game series against the Yankees, which starts on Monday night at Camden Yards. The weather had other plans.
Sunday's rainout at Yankee Stadium pushed back Sabathia's start and thrust him right into Baltimore's path. The big lefty will get the ball against former teammate Freddy Garcia in the series opener.
The Yankees arrive at Camden Yards for the first time this season with a four-game edge over the Orioles in the American League East. The Bombers have won two straight and nine of their last 12, while the Orioles have dropped a season-high five straight.
Sabathia (4-3, 3.19 ERA) will make his second start against the Orioles, after holding them to one earned run and striking out nine on April 12 in New York. He has a 2.76 ERA in three May outings and limited Seattle to two earned runs over 6 1/3 innings Tuesday. In an odd twist, he gave up a season-high 10 hits while also striking out a season-high 10.
Due to the rainout, Sabathia will be working on five days' rest. He threw on flat ground Sunday but did not get too far into his preparation before the game was postponed.
"I'm not very intense before I pitch, so either way, I wasn't really worried about it," he said. "They were saying there was a chance we wouldn't play, but you always want to get ready and make sure."
Garcia (0-2, 5.51) played with the Yankees the past two seasons but was not re-signed. He has made three starts for the Orioles since coming up from Triple-A Norfolk, striking out only six and walking four in 16 1/3 innings.
The veteran right-hander produced his shortest outing on Wednesday, giving up four runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings against the Padres. He said his issue was poor command, which is something he has trouble overcoming with an average fastball clocking in at about 87 mph.
Yankees: Another infield option
Before Sunday's rainout, new acquisition Reid Brignac was in the lineup at shortstop, set to make his Yankees debut. The club got Brignac from the Rockies for cash considerations on Saturday, but he did not join the team until Sunday.
With Derek Jeter, Eduardo Nunez, Alex Rodriguez and Kevin Youkilis on the disabled list, the 27-year-old left-handed hitter will platoon with Jayson Nix at shortstop and David Adams at third base, according to general manager Brian Cashman.
A second-round pick by the Rays in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft, Brignac has hit .228 in parts of six big league seasons and was 12-for-48 (.250) with one home run for the Rockies in 2013. Cashman praised his defensive ability and said he hoped that as a fly-ball hitter, Brignac can take advantage of Yankee Stadium's short right-field porch.
Orioles: Valencia to get work against lefties
Infielder Danny Valencia figures to get his second consecutive start on Monday with Sabathia on the mound. Valencia was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk prior to Sunday's game, which saw him start at designated hitter against Rays lefty Matt Moore.
The 28-year-old right-handed hitter went 1-for-3 with a double in his season debut after slugging .600 at Norfolk. A .316/.359/.472 big league hitter against southpaws entering Sunday, Valencia had slammed seven home runs in his last 10 Triple-A games.
"The streak that I was on down there was probably one of the better streaks I've ever had in my career," Valencia said. "I felt good. I felt like any time they gave me a mistake to hit, I hit it pretty hard. It was a good feeling, and hopefully it carries over."
• The Yankees, who took two of three from the Orioles at home earlier this season, went 7-4 at Camden Yards in 2012. That includes the teams' AL Division Series matchup.
• Sabathia posted a 6.38 ERA in three regular-season outings in Baltimore last year but tossed 8 2/3 strong innings in a Game 1 ALDS victory there.
• Current Yankees have combined for an .895 OPS in 166 plate appearances against Garcia. Garcia has experienced particular trouble against Travis Hafner, who is 15-for-33 (.455) with four home runs and seven RBIs.