The Baltimore Orioles (14-8) and New York Yankees (12-9) will begin a three-game American League East series on Monday night at Yankee Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 ET

Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees 

The New York Yankees have already won the first three games of their season series against the Baltimore Orioles

Baltimore picked up an improbable 5-2 win over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday afternoon, placing the club six games over .500 for the first time since July 20, 2005.  The Orioles will begin this high-profile series with a 1.5-game lead over the New York Yankees.  “It’s a nice win, and we’ll enjoy this one on the train,” commented Orioles catcher Matt Wieters.  The bullpen has been the story for this club for most of the year, coming into yesterday’s game with a 4-0 record and 1.39 ERA over its previous 15 games.  Baltimore is 9-0 when playing against a team with a winning record this year.

Orioles starting pitcher Jason Hammel (3-0, 1.73 ERA) has led the club to four wins this year as he looks forward to his fifth start of the season, coming off a 3-0 home win over the Toronto Blue Jays last time out.  He has managed to surrender just one home run in 26 combined innings, while striking out 25 and walking eight over that span.  In 11 career games (five starts) versus the Yankees, Hammel is 1-2 with a 7.45 ERA, but will be making his first appearance inside the new Yankee Stadium.

New York picked up a series victory over Detroit by taking two of three games, including a 6-2 home win on Sunday afternoon.  The Yankees are 40-12 against the Orioles since May 2009, and swept a three-game series at Camden Yards earlier this month.  Third baseman Alex Rodriguez will likely lead the offensive attack, going 6-for-14 with four home runs in his career against Hammel.  New York is 2-0 as a home favorite of -150 to -175 this season.

Yankees starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda (1-3, 4.38 ERA) has been handed consecutive losses after picking up his first victory of the year on April 13, including a 2-0 setback on the road against the Texas Rangers.  The right-hander allowed two runs and five hits over 6.2 frames in that effort.  In two home starts, Kuroda has registered an even 1-1 mark and 4.38 ERA, with opponents hitting .300 against him.  The 37-year-old will be making his first career appearance versus the Orioles.

Bettors will likely back the Yankees due to their 38-18 record as a home favorite, while the Orioles are 14-32 in their last 56 games on Monday.

Recommendation: New York Yankees -175

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