New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles
First Pitch @ 6:05 PM ET
Betting Line: Yankees -165, O/U 7 1/2

The Yankees jump start their postseason this evening as they take on a familiar foe, their AL East Rival, the Baltimore Orioles in a battle between two teams that have been scratching and clawing at one another for most of the regular season.

The Yankees finished up the regular season with a 95-67 record, which was good enough to earn them another AL East Division title. Meanwhile, the Orioles fell short by just one game to overtake the Yankees in the division; and as a result won a Wild Card spot and defeated the Texas Rangers to move on to the divisional round.

For this contest, the Yankees mean business as they are calling on left-hander CC Sabathia (15-6, 3.38 ERA) to get them a win in this opening game of the series, but the Orioles will counter that move by sending right-hander Jason Hammel (8-6, 3.43 ERA) to the mound in a matchup that is guaranteed to be intense for nine innings.

The Yankees have to fell good about their chances tonight against the Orioles – especially when you consider these numbers: they are 4-1 in their last 5 divisional playoff games played on the road, 8-3 in their last 11 divisional playoff games overall and 16-5 in their last 21 games when they are listed as the favorite. Not to mention, the Yankees have beaten the Orioles in 22 of their last 31 games played in Baltimore.

However, it is not all dim for the Orioles. They have won six straight at home as an underdog, 23 of their last 31 at Camden Yards and 8 of their last 10 games played on a Sunday.

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