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Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 2.57 ERA) will make him Yankee Stadium debut on Wednesday night against the Baltimore Orioles. Tanaka gave up three runs and six hits over seven innings during MLB debut in Toronto last weekend. Tanaka struck out eight and did not issue a walk. 65 of his 97 pitches were strikes. He’ll look to build on that success against a hot hitting Baltimore club. The Orioles scored 14 runs on 20 hits during Tuesday’s 14-5 beat down of the Bombers. Each of Baltimore starters, except catcher Matt Wieters, had multiple hits. The Yankees will look to deliver a beat down of their own to Baltimore RHP Miguel Gonzalez. Gonzalez was shelled for seven earned runs on nine hits in 3 1/3 innings last Friday in Detroit. The Yankees touched Gonzalez up for seven runs last August at Yankee Stadium. Outfielder Alfonso Soriano has two home runs in five career at bats against Gonzalez.

Current MLB odds have the Yankees listed as a whopping -180 home favorite. The Yankees and Orioles have split the first two games of this three game series. Many people will opt to side with the Yankees and Tanaka in an emotional home debut. However, I’m siding with Baltimore. Hitting in contagious and tends to carry over from day-to-day. I’m getting a good price on Baltimore after a 14 run onslaught. The Yankee bullpen is spent and the closer situation is unsettled. I expect Tanaka to pitch well, but I don’t trust the Yankee bullpen.

Pick: Baltimore Orioles +165

The New York Yankees (67-59), winners of four straight games, look to sweep the lowly Toronto Blue Jays (57-70) this afternoon at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees currently sit 6.5 game behind the Boston Red Sox for first place in the American League East. Luckily for the Bombers, they’ll face off against their Boston rivals seven more times before October 1st, so anything can happen.

Last night, Ichiro Suzuki collected his 4,000th career professional hit. Suzuki’s big accomplishment sparked Alfonso Soriano’s 8th inning, game winning two-run home run. Since joining the Yankees, Soriano has been one of baseball’s hottest hitters, blasting seven home runs and collecting 22 RBIs during 71 August at-bats. Soriano will hopefully bring his big bat to the ballpark today and try to help Andy Pettitte pick up his 9th victory.

The 41-year-old Pettitte has struggled this season, posting a 8-9 record with an unsightly 4.39 ERA. Pettitte brings some tough veteran leadership and success against the Blue Jays to the table. Pettitte holds a career 23-13 record against the Jays. In his last five starts, Pettitte is 3-1 with a 3.13 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 7.4 K/9. And lucky for Andy, he will not face Jose Bautista (hip) who had 3 HRs in 36 career plate appearances. Given Pettitte’s career success against the Blue Jay, Vegas opened the Yankees as a sizable -170 money line favorite. Look for the Yankees to ride behind their veteran southpaw and sweep away the lowly Blue Jays.