Yankees return home after winning trip
Baltimore (70-78) at New York (85-63), 7:05 p.m. ET
The Yankees will aim to keep feasting on the bottom of the American League East when they head back to the Bronx for a four-game set with the Orioles.
New York has won six of it last seven games, including back-to-back series wins on the road versus Tampa Bay and Toronto. The Yankees have eight games remaining against Baltimore (four at home and four on the road) and three more against the Blue Jays before the season finale against division-leading Boston. New York is 4-6 versus the fourth-place O's this year.
Chien-Ming Wang will be looking for his second win in a row in just his third start since returning from a shoulder injury. In his last start, the right-hander defeated Tampa Bay despite giving up five runs over 6 1/3 innings. Wang allowed nine hits, but did not walk a batter, striking out three in the performance.
Wang will be opposed by Eric Bedard, who is 1-6 with a 5.40 ERA in 12 starts since coming off the disabled list with a sprained left knee. The left-hander has allowed 40 runs in 66 2/3 innings since the injury, compared to 14 in 60 2/3 innings before the break.
BAL: LHP Erik Bedard
6-7, 3.82 ERA in 2005
1-2, 5.27 ERA vs. NYY in 2004
NYY: RHP Chien-Ming Wang
7-4, 4.18 ERA in 2005
0-0, 3.86 ERA vs. BAL in 2005
Player to watch
Third baseman Alex Rodriguez is 3-for-6 with a home run and two walks in his career against Bedard.
"Pitchers don't get hit that often, especially above the chest. A broken bat, in a situation where I have to cover first base, that takes me right into the path of the bat? It's definitely odd, but what are you going to do? You have to deal with it." -- Jaret Wright, on the injury he suffered on Sunday
BAL: WB 54/PAX 66
NYY: YES Network
BAL: WBAL 1090 AM
NYY: WCBS 880 AM
Rodriguez hit his American League-leading 44th home run on Sunday. A-Rod has three homers in his last four games and four in his last 10. ... Derek Jeter homered Sunday for the first time since Sep. 4. ... New York went 2-1 in its recent trip in Toronto with all the games being decided by one run. The Yankees are now 23-16 in one-run games this season. The loss on Sunday snapped a streak of five wins in a row in one-run contests. ... New York dropped to 10-5 this season against the Blue Jays and are 216-173 versus Toronto all-time. ... The Yankees are 4-6 against the Orioles this season (3-2 at home and 1-4 on the road).
Tuesday: vs Baltimore, 7:05 p.m. ET
Wednesday: vs Baltimore, 7:05 p.m. ET
Thursday: vs Baltimore, 7:05 p.m. ET
Jordan Bastian is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.