A week after sweeping the Baltimore Orioles (39-87, 37.5 GB in AL East, 29 GB in AL Wild Card) in a three-game series, the Yankees (77-41, 8.5 GA in AL East) will start a four-game series in New York against the O's, starting with a Monday doubleheader, which begins at 1:05 p.m.
The Yanks appointed infielder Breyvic Valera as their 26th man ahead of Monday's doubleheader. Valera has appeared in nine games for the Yankees with season and is batting .192 with three RBI in the majors this year. ... The Yankees have beat up the O's as of late. After Baltimore won the first series between the two this season in the Bronx, the Orioles have lost 12-straight games to the Yanks and lost all 10 games they've played against New York at Camden Yards this year. ... The Yankees already set MLB records for the most home runs against a single opponent in a season (52) and the most at a visiting ballpark (43) vs. Baltimore. ... Gio Urshela will look to continue he excellent pace this season against the O's, he has 17 homers, 61 RBI and is batting .323 in 97 games played on the year. In the Yanks' four-game series against the Blue Jays this past weekend, Urshela had three home runs, 6 RBI and batted .400.