In his last start, Yankees righthander Phil Hughes (2-0, 2.19 ERA) lost a no-hit bid with no outs in the eighth inning at Oakland. Now, he gets a shot at a Baltimore lineup that has produced a 3-16 record so far this season, and if he has similar stuff, look out. Historically, Hughes has only a 2-2 record and a 6.92 ERA against the Orioles, but he's making great progress with the changeup he's been working on and acting like he plans on remaining in the starting rotation for a long time.
The Orioles will counter with veteran righty Kevin Millwood (0-3, 3.38), whose record has fallen victim to a lack of run support from his struggling teammates. Millwood has pitched at least six innings in all but one start, and he has 24 strikeouts and just four walks in 26.2 innings. Last time out he gave up four earned runs in a loss to Seattle, and his career mark against the Yankees is only 2-4 with a 4.86 ERA. Considering the Orioles have yet to win in Camden Yards after going 0-6 to start the season, the odds could be in Millwood's favor -- if only he weren't facing the world champions fresh off their uplifting visit to the White House on Monday.