The Orioles will look to Wei-Yin Chen to clinch another series -- and continue to separate themselves from the rest of the American League East -- when they play the second of three games against the Yankees at Camden Yards on Tuesday night.
These are important games for the two ballclubs, both playoff contenders as the season moves toward the stretch run.
"There's always a point in the season where you feel that it's late," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "There comes a point. I've talked about how important it is for us to take series, because as we move forward, there's less time to make up ground."
To take this series, New York needs two straight, as first-place Baltimore rolled to an 11-3 win in the series opener, despite losing star third baseman Manny Machado to a right knee sprain in the third inning. The O's improved their season record against the Yankees to 7-3, and 3-1 at home, while extending their lead over third-place New York to seven games in the AL East.
Chen was responsible for one of those wins in his only start against the Yankees back on April 8. The left-hander is 12-4 on the season with a 3.90 ERA.
Chen lost his most recent start to the Blue Jays on Aug. 6, ending his five-start winning streak. Chen allowed four runs in five innings, with all of them coming in the first two frames.
"I could've pitched better and got out of those innings, instead of letting them score those runs," Chen said through an interpreter after the game. "Hopefully, in similar situations, I would do better in the future."
The Yankees will counter with right-hander Shane Greene, who is 3-1 with a 2.92 ERA in his six starts since being called up in early July. Greene beat the Tigers in his last start, arguably the best of his young career -- he shut out Detroit over eight innings, striking out five.
In another impressive outing, Greene beat the Orioles on July 12, his second career start, when he pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings and struck out nine.
Yankees: Beltran could soon be ready to help in the field
Carlos Beltran has not played the outfield since May 11, but the veteran's throwing program has advanced to the point where he could be an option for Girardi.
"I think I could probably do it in the real near future," Girardi said.
Beltran has been limited to designated-hitter duties because of a bone spur in his right elbow, but the 37-year-old has said that he would prefer to be able to help out on defense.
The Yankees said that there was less urgency to rush Beltran back into the outfield because of their July 31 acquisition of Martin Prado from the D-backs, but Girardi is concerned about making sure that Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury are not fatigued.
Orioles: Machado exits with right knee sprain
The Orioles were dealt a potentially devastating blow on Monday night as Manny Machado left the game against the Yankees after crumpling to the ground clutching his right knee following a third-inning at-bat.
Machado was initially diagnosed with a right knee sprain, and the team announced that he will be reevaluated on Tuesday, presumably when it has more information following some tests.
Machado, 22, broke his bat on his final swing off Yankees starter Chris Capuano and his back leg gave out to send him immediately down to the ground. The All-Star was writhing in pain as head athletic trainer Richie Bancells and manager Buck Showalter rushed out to the field. Machado was helped off the field by the pair, hobbling while using Bancells and Showalter to help shoulder his body weight.
Machado underwent offseason left knee surgery to repair a torn medial patellofemoral ligament, and he missed the first month of the season rehabbing back from it.
• Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy missed a second straight game Monday with a sprained left thumb. Hardy said he thinks he could play if the O's need him, but for now, the team is taking a cautious approach.
• Yankees catcher Brian McCann (concussion) "felt better" on Sunday, according to Girardi. Currently on the seven-day concussion disabled list, McCann could have another concussion test on Tuesday, and may be cleared to resume baseball activities after that.
David Adler is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.