The visiting Yankees have enjoyed success versus the Orioles starter in the past heading into Saturday night's matchup.
New York (42-37) is 15-10 against left-handed starters for baseball's third-best mark while Britton (1-2, 5.51 ERA) owns a 7.82 ERA versus the Yankees for his second-worst against any club.
Britton is 1-3 in six starts against New York, although he has fared better in going 1-1 with a 2.60 ERA in three at home.
Robinson Cano is 4 for 10 against Britton. The star second baseman has gone 10 straight games without an extra-base hit after collecting three singles in Friday's 4-3 loss.
The Yankees blew a 3-0 lead after CC Sabathia held the Orioles (45-36) hitless through five innings. Baltimore rallied for three runs in the sixth inning before Nate McLouth hit a go-ahead solo homer in the seventh."Tonight was a team win because we didn't get anything until the sixth inning," center fielder Adam Jones said. "We got everything in spurts."
"I think he's leading the league in appearances, he pitched three out of four days, threw 60-something pitches in three days," said Showalter about Johnson. "I just wanted to give him one more day. He feels good and I want to keep him that way."
Showalter indicated after the victory that the Orioles may consider calling up a pitcher from Triple-A Norfolk since they do not have a long reliever available Saturday. It's because Kevin Gausman pitched 4 1-3 innings of relief for his first career victory after T.J. McFarland lasted 2 2-3 in his first career start.
The Yankees will start David Phelps (5-4, 4.01), who was originally listed to start Friday. Manager Joe Girardi insisted the mix-up stemmed from a miscommunication between pitching coach Larry Rothschild and the team's public relations department."In my mind, it was always CC on Friday and Phelps on Saturday," said Girardi, whose team has lost three straight since he notched his 599th career victory.
Phelps threw four innings of scoreless relief while allowing only one hit in New York's 5-3 loss to Baltimore on April 13. He also recorded three scoreless relief appearances against the Orioles last year, but posted an 8.31 ERA without a decision in two starts.
Major league home run leader Chris Davis is 0 for 7 with four strikeouts against the right-hander. Davis is 9 for 25 with two homers and 14 strikeouts against the Yankees, with the Orioles leading the season series 4-3.
Phelps is 4-3 with a 3.63 ERA over 10 starts this season, and New York has won his last six versus AL East foes.
He'll have to be wary of Matt Wieters , 3 for 7 against him with two homers.
The Orioles expect to be once again without Brian Roberts , out since the first week of the season with an injured hamstring. Roberts is slated to rejoin Baltimore on Sunday.
|New York Yankees|
|June 16, 2013||Mark Teixeira||15-Day DL||Right wrist surgery - out for season|
|June 15, 2013||Mark Teixeira||Day-to-Day||Wrist|
|June 14, 2013||Kevin Youkilis||15-Day DL||Lumbar spine strain|
|June 01, 2013||Chris Stewart||Day-to-Day||Left game - dehydration|
|May 25, 2013||Curtis Granderson||15-Day DL||Broken left pinkie finger|
|May 24, 2013||Curtis Granderson||Day-to-Day||Left game - Broken left pinkie finger|
|June 20, 2013||Steve Pearce||15-Day DL||Left wrist tendinitis|
|June 17, 2013||Jason Hammel||Day-to-Day||Illness|
|June 06, 2013||Steve Johnson||15-Day DL||Strained left oblique|
|May 24, 2013||Pedro Strop||15-Day DL||Lower back strain|
|May 24, 2013||Pedro Strop||15-Day DL||Lower back strain|
|May 13, 2013||Wei-Yin Chen||15-Day DL||Strained right oblique|
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Curveball, fastballs, good pitches, bad pitches, it doesn't matter to Chris Davis .
They're all flying off his bat and into the seats at a record pace.
Davis homered twice to raise his major league-leading total to 30, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Yankees 11-3 Saturday night to extend New York's losing streak to four games.
Davis hit a three-run drive in the first inning and added a two-run shot in the sixth, his third multihomer game of the season. The five RBIs gave him 79, second-most in the big leagues and just six short of his career high.
Davis is the first player in Orioles history to hit 30 home runs before the end of June. With one more long ball in the next 14 games, Davis will break the franchise record for home runs before the All-Star break, set in 1996 by Brady Anderson .
"You can't make mistakes," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We made two mistakes with two curveballs tonight. We left them up in the zone and he hit them both out. He's not hitting 1.000, but I will say he is having a tremendous year. You have to make your pitches."
Given that Davis' career high for home runs in a season is 33, who could have seen this coming?
"I don't think it's anything you can predict," Davis said. "I think it's something you obviously work hard toward in the offseason to try and carry it into spring training and then into the season. I'm not going up there to try and hit home runs. I'm just trying to put good swings on good pitches. I think that's the biggest thing."
Davis scored three runs and upped his batting average to .333. The five RBIs tied a season high.
"You can see him grinding and working on it," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "He's not satisfied. He wants to continue to contribute at a high level for his teammates."
Ryan Flaherty also homered for the Orioles, who built a 9-0 lead in the third against David Phelps (5-5). Baltimore will seek to complete a three-game sweep on Sunday.
"They're a tough opponent and we get a chance to see them a bunch during the season, but we have a chance to go for the sweep," Davis said. "It would be huge for us."
Zach Britton (2-2) limited the offensively challenged, injury-riddled Yankees to one earned run over 5 2-3 innings. New York began the day ranked 26th in batting average and 23rd in runs among the 30 major league teams.
Phelps surrendered nine hits and a career-high nine runs in 2 1-3 innings. The right-hander was 4-0 in his last nine starts against AL East foes since Aug. 27, 2012.
"I don't care what our offense is doing. If you give up nine runs, it's a big hole to dig yourself out of," Phelps said. "The last four or five games I've gotten good run support. It's frustrating to go out there and not give them a chance to do it."
The Yankees have lost 12 of 17 to fall within four games of .500 (42-38) for the first time since April 26 (13-9). In addition, New York has dropped four straight in Baltimore during a single season for the first time since 1982.
"You just have to keep fighting," said Robinson Cano , who had two hits. "Hopefully, sooner or later, we'll turn it around and start winning games so we can get closer. We got beat tonight. It's not like we making errors. There was not much you could do."
After Britton worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the first, Baltimore batted around in the bottom half. Singles by Manny Machado , Nick Markakis and Adam Jones produced a run before Davis got under a 2-1 pitch and sent it soaring into the bullpen area beyond the center-field wall for a 4-0 lead.
The Orioles added five runs in the third. Two walks and a single loaded the bases for Chris Dickerson , who singled in two runs. Flaherty followed with a three-run shot to chase Phelps, who was replaced by Ivan Nova .
New York chased Britton in the sixth. After Zoilo Almonte hit a sacrifice fly, another run scored when Davis booted Lyle Overbay 's two-out grounder to first. With the bases loaded, Jair Jurrjens came in and retired Austin Romine on a fly ball.
Davis homered off Nova in the bottom half after a single by Markakis. Successive doubles by Chris Stewart and Brett Garner off Pedro Strop made it 11-3 in the ninth.
NOTES: Brian Roberts (hip, knee) is scheduled to return from the DL and start at 2B for Baltimore on Sunday. The 35-year-old last played on April 4. ... Hiroki Kuroda takes the mound for New York on Sunday. Chris Tillman seeks his career-high 10th win for Baltimore. ... Nova is going to be part of the Yankees' six-man rotation heading into the All-Star break, and he could start in the upcoming series against Minnesota, manager Joe Girardi said. ... The Orioles recalled Jurrjens before the game and designated 1B Travis Ishikawa for assignment. ... The only starter in the Baltimore lineup without a hit was Nate McLouth , who went 0 for 5.