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The Orioles (72-76) have lost eight of their past nine games overall - and have dropped seven of eight this season at Yankee Stadium - falling to four games under.500 for the first time since August 22.

Ubaldo Jimenez (5-10, 6.75 ERA) makes his 24th start and 30th appearance of the season. But Friday night's game ended as most have this season in NY, with the Orioles outplayed by the Yankees in every facet. "Obviously, we definitely think it's important that we get our eyes on him and get a chance to work with him, " Girardi said, "but I have a lot of confidence in the young man".

But if the Orioles are really going to get introspective about their season, the final 14 games should be about getting back to respectability.

Are 37-27 vs. the AL East this year (21-9 at home). But circumstance and necessity dictated that the infielder be sent back down until Saturday, when the Yankees recalled Andujar and pitcher Jonathan Holder before facing the Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Moncada had four hits with five runs scored and a home run, while Abreu posted four hits with three runs scored. It's just a bad combination. "We've made a lot of really bad pitches that should end up in bleachers and we walk the people before they hit them".

The Yankees are batting.337 in the series so far, and they are hitting.318 (205-for-644) against the Orioles. After a promising spring training this year, he struggled out of the gate, hitting just.100 with one homer in 19 games before being shelved on May 2 with a bone bruise on his right ankle.

Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo, who did not play Saturday also are struggling.

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CC Sabathia originally was slated to pitch for the Yankees, but they announced Sonny Gray will pitch Sunday while Sabathia starts Tuesday against Minnesota.

Severino said he arrived at spring training "with another mentality" to "show the Yankees and the fans that I can be a pitcher, a starting pitcher".

Following two-out walks by Chase Headley and Aaron Judge in the third inning, Gregorius put the Yankees on top, lofting the second pitch of his at-bat against Jeremy Hellickson into the right field seats to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead, with his career-best 23rd home run of the season. The 30-year-old is 4-2 with a 3.60 ERA in 10 career games (eight starts) against NY.

Judge hit his 42nd and 43rd home runs on Thursday, while collecting three hits with three runs scored and six RBIs (96) to hand the Orioles their seventh loss in eight games. He is 2-4 with a 6.54 ERA since joining the Orioles in a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies. The left-hander's last outing was Sunday's 16-7 win at Texas when he allowed three runs and three hits in 3 1/3 innings before being replaced by Green. The right-hander took a no-decision September 5 against the Yankees when he allowed five runs (theee earned) and two hits in a season-low 2 1/3 innings.

It was the third time Severino completed eight innings.

New York's Norichika Aoki went 0-for-1 with a walk.

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