Despite being tied atop the division, the Yankees’ chances of winning the American League East are far higher than the Orioles’ due to the strength of both team’s final series. The Orioles are in Tampa playing the Rays, who are fighting for their playoff lives, while the New York hosts the last place Boston Red Sox.


While Boston is obviously an easier opponent than Tampa Bay, the Red Sox are sending their hottest pitcher, Clay Buccholz, to the mound tonight against CC Sabathia. But the lineup that Bobby Valentine has put together certainly isn’t helping the O’s.

Pedro Ciriaco, 2B
Daniel Nava, LF
Cody Ross, RF
Mauro Gomez, 1B
Ryan Lavarnway, DH
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
Danny Valencia, 3B
Che-Hsaun Lin, CF
Jose Iglesias, SS

No Dustin Pedroia. No Jacoby Ellsbury.