Davis looks for his 50th homer Wednesday night against Pettitte when the Baltimore Orioles continue this crucial four-game set against the visiting New York Yankees , who will be without Derek Jeter for the rest of the season.
Baltimore (77-67) is 1 1/2 games behind Tampa Bay for the AL's second wild card, and New York (77-68) and Cleveland are two games back. The Yankees, though, made an announcement hours before this matchup that Jeter's season is over due to a nagging ankle injury.
Jeter started the year on the disabled list after breaking his left ankle in the 2012 playoffs. He played in only 17 games, batting .190 with one homer and seven RBIs.
"It's very disappointing not to be able to play, especially at this time of year," Jeter said. "This is when I want to play the most."
Davis hit his 49th homer Tuesday, but the Yankees evened the series with a 7-5 victory and will send Pettitte (10-9, 4.03 ERA) to the mound Wednesday.
Pettitte is 8-0 with a 2.99 ERA in his last 12 regular-season starts against the Orioles. He yielded three runs over seven innings in a 3-2 defeat in a Game 2 loss at Camden Yards in last year's division series.
That's the last time the left-hander pitched in Baltimore, where he owns a 16-4 mark for the most victories by a visiting pitcher at Camden Yards.
He is 1-0 with a 3.55 ERA in two starts against the Orioles this year. Davis is 1 for 6 in those games with a first-inning homer July 6 and is 3 for 13 overall against Pettitte.
The slugger hit a two-run shot in the fifth inning Tuesday to give Baltimore a 4-1 lead. He's one shy of Brady Anderson 's franchise record set in 1996.
Soriano has 15 homers and 47 RBIs in 43 games with New York, which acquired him from the Cubs on July 26. He needs two RBIs to reach 100 for the fourth time.
"They made a good acquisition," Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. "He's been a good player for a long time. It's a good pickup for them."
Soriano will face another player who began 2013 with the Cubs in Scott Feldman (5-4, 3.63), who yielded one run over seven innings in a 1-0 loss Aug. 31 at Yankee Stadium. The right-hander is 3-4 with a 3.58 ERA in seven career starts against New York.
Feldman has a 1.31 ERA in winning his last three outings at Camden Yards, including a five-hitter for his first career shutout in a 4-0 victory over the White Sox on Friday.
"If I go nine or seven, whatever it is, as long as we win it's a good game," he said.
Alex Rodriguez , 4 for 8 with a homer and two doubles in this series, is 4 for 13 against Feldman. The third baseman exited Tuesday after he experienced tightness in his left hamstring.
"I iced it," Rodriguez said. "It feels pretty good right now."
The Yankees announced after Tuesday's win that they have acquired slick-fielding shortstop Brendan Ryan from Seattle for a player to be named, and he's in the starting lineup for this game.
Catcher Austin Romine also left Tuesday due to a concussion.
The Yankees expect David Robertson to be available Wednesday. The reliever had tendinitis in the back of his right shoulder and hasn't pitched since Thursday.
Adam Jones is 8 for 23 against Pettitte while Matt Wieters is 2 for 12. Nick Markakis is 0 for 7 this year off the lefty and expects to play even though his wife is expected to induce labor Wednesday morning.
|New York Yankees|
|September 08, 2013||Chris Stewart||Day-to-Day||Left game - left foot contusion|
|September 07, 2013||Vidal Nuno||60-Day DL||Strained left groin|
|September 07, 2013||Derek Jeter||Day-to-Day||Left ankle|
|September 06, 2013||Corban Joseph||60-Day DL||Recovery from right shoulder surgery|
|August 22, 2013||Jayson Nix||60-Day DL||Fractured left hand|
|August 21, 2013||Jayson Nix||Day-to-Day||Broken left hand|
|August 31, 2013||Eric Beaulac||60-Day DL||Torn labrum, right hip|
|August 28, 2013||Steve Pearce||15-Day DL||Left wrist inflammation|
|August 16, 2013||Francisco Rodriguez||Day-to-Day||Strained right groin|
|July 29, 2013||Jason Hammel||15-Day DL||Right forearm tenderness|
|July 29, 2013||Jason Hammel||15-Day DL||Right forearm tenderness|
|July 14, 2013||Nolan Reimold||60-Day DL||Nerve inflammation in cervical spine|
BALTIMORE (AP) -- The New York Yankees have overcome one injury after another this season to make a serious run at a postseason berth, so it wasn't all that surprising that they won again after losing shortstop Derek Jeter for the rest of the year.
Is there any obstacle this team can't overcome?
Robinson Cano hit a tiebreaking homer leading off the ninth inning, and New York also got solo shots from Alex Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson in a 5-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night.
The Yankees moved past Baltimore and Cleveland and got closer to Tampa Bay in the AL wild-card hunt. New York has hit eight home runs in winning two of three in the four-game series that concludes Thursday night.
"That what you ask for," manager Joe Girardi said. "We have to continue to play well."
Before the game, the Yankees announced that Jeter would miss the rest of the season with an injured left ankle. The Yankees captain played in only 17 games this season and made four trips to the disabled list.
Once it became official that Jeter was lost, the team lamented his bad luck and got back to the business of earning another playoff berth.
"This group fights," Girardi said. "They're continuing to fight."
New York tailed 4-1 on Tuesday before rallying to win. In this one, Baltimore led 3-1 before Granderson homered in the fifth - New York's first hit - and Rodriguez tied it in the sixth with his 653rd career home run.
In the ninth, after Cano connected off Tommy Hunter (4-4), Granderson tripled with one out and scored on an infield hit by Lyle Overbay .
"We get down tonight and come back again," Girardi said. "We were able to take the lead in the ninth. We get a huge homer by Robbie and then a huge hit by Lyle that winds up being a lot bigger."
David Robertson (5-1) worked the eighth and Mariano Rivera gave up a run-scoring single to Brian Roberts before securing his 43rd save, tied for the major league lead with Baltimore's Jim Johnson .
Jeter's trip to the DL coincided with the arrival of shortstop Brendan Ryan , obtained one night earlier in a trade with Seattle. Although Ryan went hitless, he performed flawlessly and showed good range in the field.
Each team has won nine games this year. The series winner will be determined Thursday night.
"We play this team so evenly, it's unbelievable," Girardi said.
Orioles slugger Chris Davis drove in two runs with a double, making him the first player in team history to have 40 doubles and 40 homers in a season. Danny Valencia tied a career high with four hits, and Roberts had three singles.
Baltimore outhit New York 13-6, but lost a valuable chance to close in on Tampa Bay for the second and final AL wild-card spot.
"We control our own destiny, we control our situation," Orioles center fielder Adam Jones said. "The rest of the way we're playing against teams that are in the same situation as us, so we've got to play better baseball. That's the cool part. We've just got to play a little bit better."
Yankees starter Andy Pettitte gave up three runs and nine hits over 6 1-3 innings. The 41-year-old lefty has made 13 straight starts since September 2007 against Baltimore without losing, going 8-0 over that stretch. Pettitte has lost only twice to the Orioles since 2002 and is 28-6 lifetime against them.
Pettitte has pitched at least six innings in each of his last six starts and is 3-0 in seven outings since Aug. 5.
"It was a great game for us," Pettite said. "The bullpen came in and obviously did a great job. There were some big hits for us. It was a good win, that's for sure."
Baltimore's Scott Feldman allowed only three hits in 7 2-3 innings, two of them homers. The right-hander struck out six and walked two. His first walk came against the first batter of the game and the second was to the last batter he faced.
New York got a first-inning run when leadoff hitter Brett Gardner walked, stole second and scored on two groundouts.
The Orioles took a 2-1 lead in the third. Roberts and Manny Machado singled with two outs before Davis lined a two-run double through the shift into right-field.
Doubles by Valencia and J.J. Hardy made it 3-1 in the fourth, but Baltimore stranded runners at the corners.
NOTES: New York's David Huff squares off against Wei-Yin Chin in a duel of left-handers in the series finale Thursday night. ... Pettitte has held the opposition scoreless in the first inning over six straight starts after allowing at least one first-inning run in eight consecutive games before that. ... Granderson is 7 for 17 with four homers lifetime against Feldman. ... Feldman threw a season-high 112 pitches.