The Orioles face the challenge of a pressure-filled game Sunday against the Yankees, and the challenge is made greater by the starter New York is putting on the mound.
When Phil Hughes pitches at Yankee Stadium, he hardly ever loses. Hughes has won six straight decisions in the Bronx and is 10-3 with a 3.25 ERA at home this year. Over his past seven starts, hes even better: 6-0 with a 1.62 ERA.
The last time he faced the Orioles in Yankee Stadium, he threw six innings and gave up one run in a 12-3 Yankees win on Aug. 1. That game was most notable for the presence of Supreme Court Justice and noted Yankees fan Sonia Sotomayor in the ballpark.
But the Orioles can point to a visit from the vice president earlier this season. Well, not exactly the vice president, but Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who plays the vice president on the HBO series Veep, which shot an episode set partly at Camden Yards, with members of the Orioles appearing.
That sort of tells you about the profiles of the respective franchises: one gets a real Supreme Court justice while the other gets a fake vice president. But theres nothing fake about how an Os win today would make Sotomayor and the rest of the Yankees faithful anxious about only a two-game lead in the American League East with a four-game series for the Yanks next weekend in Baltimore.