(Sports Network) - Andy Pettitte aims to continue his domination of the
Baltimore Orioles Sunday when the New York Yankees try for a three-game sweep
in the Bronx.
Pettitte is 8-0 over his last 11 starts against the Orioles since Sept. 19,
2007. His last loss to the O's came July 27, 2007. He's recorded a loss just
twice against Baltimore since Sept. 10, 2002, going 16-2 in that stretch. The
41-year-old left-hander owns the second-most wins all-time against the Orioles
since their move to Baltimore in 1954 with a 28-6 mark. Only Whitey Ford (30
wins) has more.
He's 9-0 in his last 11 home starts against the Orioles and hasn't lost to
them in the Bronx since July 5, 1999.
Pettitte has put together winning starts three consecutive times, with his
last two triumphs coming against Toronto. On Tuesday, he gave up five hits in
seven shutout innings. He's 3-0 over his last four home starts and hasn't lost
at Yankee Stadium since June 26 versus Texas.
Wei-Yin Chen is headed in the opposite direction with a 1-4 mark over his last
five outings. The southpaw was hammered for eight hits and as many runs over 3
2/3 innings at Boston on Tuesday.
In six career starts against the Yankees (including playoffs), Chen is 2-3
with a 4.46 ERA.
Ivan Nova came through with the first shutout of his career, a three-hit gem
that carried the Yankees to a 2-0 victory yesterday. Nova (8-4) walked just
one and hit a pair of batters in notching his second complete-game effort of
the season, with the other also coming against the Orioles at Yankee Stadium
back on July 5.
The win, New York's ninth in 13 outings and sixth straight at home, also
vaulted the Yankees a half game ahead of the Orioles in the American League
wild card standings, where both teams still trail Oakland and Tampa Bay for
the two berths.
Robinson Cano supplied all the offense Nova needed, delivering an RBI double
in the bottom of the first inning and cracking a solo homer in the eighth.
Baltimore, meanwhile, was dealt its 11th setback in 17 games despite a very
solid performance from starter Scott Feldman (4-4), who permitted just one run
on six hits over seven innings of work.
"To hold them to one run in this ballpark (was impressive)," Orioles manager
Buck Showalter said of Feldman's effort. "We just couldn't do much off Nova,
Nova held Baltimore's powerful offense squarely in check throughout the
afternoon. The right-hander got a key double play after the Orioles put the
first two men on in the top of the second, then yielded just two base runners
over the next five frames to keep the Yankees up by a 1-0 score heading into
"He was spectacular," Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter said of Nova. "You
couldn't ask him to be anything more. Baltimore's got a great team and he was
able to shut them down."
The teams have split 14 meetings this season.
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