Baltimore Orioles vs. New York Yankees: Series Preview for Early April Battle

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Wednesday, April 15th, 7:05 PM EDT

Apr 10, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Bud Norris (25) pitches during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Bud Norris, RHP – BAL

Norris just didn’t have his best stuff for the Orioles home opener last Friday. He was responsible for giving up eight runs in his three-plus innings, as he gave up seven hits, four for extra bases, while walking one and hitting a batter.

Norris is coming off a solid year in 2014, posting a 15-8 record, with a 3.65 ERA, so expect him to bounce back against the Yankees.

Apr 10, 2015; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (30) pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Nathan Eovaldi, RHP – NYY

Eovaldi failed to impress in his Yankee debut. Though he hit 101 on the radar gun, just three of his 94 pitches generated swings-and-misses, as he gave up three runs on eight hits, in 5-1/3 against Boston, in a game the Yankees eventually lost in 19 innings.

Eovaldi has a live arm with some really good stuff. When he’s on, he’s quite dangerous. The problem is getting him on and getting him to get the most out of his stuff. The Yankees hope pitching coach Larry Rothschild will be the man to help him over the top, but he won’t have it all figured out by Wednesday. Steve Pearce, Adam Jones and Chris Davis should be ready to strike, if Eovaldi has the same trouble generating swings-and-misses.