RHP David Phelps will start Saturday against Baltimore. He was originally listed as Friday's starter, but that was due to a miscommunication between the Yankees pitching coach and PR staff. Phelps is unbeaten over his last nine starts, going 4-0 with a 3.91 ERA. Phelps allowed two runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings last Friday against Tampa Bay. In six career appearances (two starts) against the Orioles, he is 1-0 with a 4.08 ERA. On April 13, he allowed a hit in four relief innings during a 5-3 loss.
LHP C.C. Sabathia (8-6, 4.15) appeared on his way to career win 200 and possibly a no-hitter after five innings Friday night, but the Orioles rallied for a 4-3 win. Sabathia gave up all four runs on five hits while striking out six in seven innings. "I thought he mixed his pitches. I thought he was locating," manager Joe Girardi said. "He gave up two hard-hit balls. It's different if he gives up four or five hard-hit balls, but he gave up two."
OF Ichiro Suzuki went 0-for-4 Friday night, snapping a 21-game hitting streak at Camden Yards going back to April 2008. He was tied with Cincinnati's Joey Votto (21 games at Minute Maid Park) for the longest active streak in the majors according to Elias Sports Bureau.
2B Robinson Cano is on pace to walk 75 times, compared to his 61 walks in 2012, as opposing pitchers are giving him less to hit these days. Given the depleted Yankees lineup, he was asked if he goes to the plate thinking he has to get a hit. "Not that I've got to get a hit, but that I've got to take advantage. I might see one pitch over the plate. That's what they're doing, just one pitch over the plate then pitch around." Cano had three hits Friday night.
CF Brett Gardner had a double, single and scored a run Friday night. He has hit safely in 27 of his last 32 games since May 24, batting .333. He's scored at least one run in 27 of his last 39 starts.
RHP Michael Pineda is scheduled to make his next rehab start Sunday with Double-A Trenton. In three starts (two with Class A Tampa and one with Trenton), he's allowed one earned run in 14 1/3 innings. Pineda, rehabbing from shoulder surgery, has yet to pitch for the Yankees since being acquired from Seattle in January 2012 for prospect Jesus Montero.