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Baltimore at NY Yankees
When: 1:05 PM ET, Sunday, September 23, 2018
Where: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York

The New York Yankees have wrapped up a wild-card berth and one of the burning questions in the Bronx is who would draw the start in a one-game elimination. The leader in the clubhouse is left-hander J.A. Happ, who attempts to remain unbeaten with the Yankees when he faces the visiting Baltimore Orioles on Sunday in the finale of a three-game set.

New York clinched a playoff spot on Saturday but is trying to hold off Oakland for home-field in the wild-card game, which Happ is on target to start. Happ is undefeated in nine starts for the Yankees since he was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays at the trade deadline, posting a 6-0 record and 2.39 ERA. Aaron Hicks homered and delivered a walk-off RBI double in Saturday's 3-2, 11-inning win, while Luke Voit went deep again and has four homers along with eight RBIs during a four-game hitting streak. Cedric Mullins and DJ Stewart each had two hits and an RBI in Baltimore's 110th loss and have both hit safely in four straight.

TV: 1:05 p.m. ET, TBS, MASN (Baltimore), YES (New York)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Orioles RH Alex Cobb (5-15, 4.90 ERA) vs. Yankees LH J.A. Happ (16-6, 3.62)

Cobb returns to the mound for the first time since leaving a game against Oakland on Sept. 11 after just two innings due to a blister on his right middle finger. He was in the midst of his best stretch of the season, going 3-1 with six quality starts in seven outings, including two six-inning stints against the Yankees in which he gave up a combined three runs. Giancarlo Stanton is 1-for-12 against Cobb.

Happ allowed two runs or fewer for the seventh time in nine starts with the Yankees, although he had to settle for a no-decision after tossing six innings of one-run ball (zero unearned) versus Boston on Tuesday. He beat the Orioles in Baltimore on Aug. 25, striking out nine and giving up two runs and five hits over six innings. Happ has flustered Chris Davis, who is is 4-for-25 with 12 strikeouts against him.

WALK-OFFS

1. Yankees RF Aaron Judge has a 32-game on-base streak versus the Orioles - the longest against them since they moved to Baltimore in 1954.

2. Davis has fanned seven times in the series and is 1-for-37 with 20 strikeouts in the last 10 games.

3. Voit is 9-for-19 with four homers and 10 RBIs in five games against Baltimore this season.

PREDICTION: Orioles 3, Yankees 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Baltimore 44-110 L2 27-50 17-60 21-51 10-23 6-23 7-13
NY Yankees 95-59 W2 53-27 42-32 39-29 23-11 22-10 11-9
Last Meeting
Baltimore NY Yankees
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
9/22/18 BAL 2 NYY 3 x .279 0 .689 .189 2 .701
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Baltimore T. Mancini .262 17 .782
NY Yankees D. Gregorius .396 21 1.096
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Baltimore T. Mancini 2 7 5
NY Yankees L. Voit 4 5 10
Pitching ERA Avg K
Baltimore 5.53 .248 156
NY Yankees 3.57 .280 203
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Baltimore A. Jones .281 156 .731
NY Yankees M. Andujar .297 160 .851
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Baltimore T. Mancini 23 64 53
NY Yankees G. Stanton 35 94 93
Pitching ERA Avg K
Baltimore 5.18 .239 1148
NY Yankees 3.76 .248 1540