The list of what went wrong in Tampa would run nearly as long to retell as would watching those atrocious games all over again so let’s focus on the positives:
Phil Hughes turned in an average start and ARod looks healthy.
On to the undefeated* Baltimore Orioles. The Baltimore rotation is young. Brian Matusz (25 y.o.) is on the mound today at Camden, with Wei-Yin Chen and Jake Arrieta (each 26) waiting in the wings for the three-game set. Jason Hammel (29) is the elder statesman of the rotation with 7 years in the bigs. He and Tommy Hunter (25) won’t be seen this go-round. The combined major-league innings thrown by the Baltimore rotation is 1,578.
The Yankees faced Matusz twice in 2011, hitting him well both times. Ivan Nova pitched in Camden twice last year, winning a game and getting a no decision in a team loss in the second outing. Lineups follow, comment away.
* – Obligatory small sample notice: Baltimore won their first four games last year, and seven of eight, before finishing April 12-13