The Yankees made sure Derek Jeter's final home opener went off without a hitch, winning their fourth contest in five games with Monday's 4-2 victory over the Orioles. Baltimore is on the opposite end of the spectrum, having lost five of six, unable to find its footing in the season's first week. That can change starting with today's 1:05 p.m. ET contest in the Bronx.
Enter starter Wei-Yin Chen, who is coming off a rough season debut and is 0-2 with a 4.86 ERA in three career starts at Yankee Stadium.
"I don't think about that when I'm out there," Chen said through his interpreter. "You may say it's a challenge [to pitch at Yankee Stadium], but when I get on the mound, it's just me and the hitter -- and I know I have to do better."
The O's No. 3 starter, Chen took the loss against the Red Sox on Thursday, going 5 2/3 innings and allowing four runs on 12 hits.
"Basically, it's the breaking ball," Chen said of getting back on track. "It's not working 100 percent the way I want it to be. Hopefully, I can get it to be better."
Opposing Chen will be Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova, who is 1-0 after beating the Astros in Houston last week. The 27-year-old Nova held Houston to two runs over six innings, and manager Joe Girardi is looking forward to seeing him take the next step this season.
"Well, obviously, we think he's got the talent and the stuff to have a big year, and that's important if we want to get to where we want to get to," Girardi said. "But that's important for all of our starters to have good year, because you're going to need to win a lot of games in our division to win our division and to move on.
"We believe he has the stuff to have a big year."
Nova is 5-2 with a 4.46 ERA in 12 career games (11 starts) against the Orioles, and he's facing a Baltimore lineup that has struggled to find its groove offensively.
"Every game it feels like it's there," Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz said. "Hopefully, [Tuesday] is the day we bring a bunch of runs, like we're supposed to do."
Jeter enjoys Opening Day festivities:
Derek Jeter learned last week that he and Jorge Posada would be catching ceremonial first pitches from Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera, respectively, prior to Monday's game.
"I don't know the last time we were all together; obviously, it was at some point last year during Spring Training," Jeter said. "I was hurt a lot, so I don't know if we were all really on the field at the same time, but those guys are like brothers to me.
"I think it will be a special moment, especially for a lot of the fans that grew up watching all four of us play, to see us all together again. I look forward to seeing them all the time."
Following Monday's game, Pettitte and Rivera were scheduled to be honored with the "Pride of the Yankees" award at the club's 35th annual Homecoming Dinner in New York.
Orioles: Club acquires Guilmet from Tribe
The Orioles made a minor trade on Monday, acquiring right-handed pitcher Preston Guilmet from Cleveland in exchange for Minor League outfielder Torsten Boss.
Baltimore optioned Guilmet to Triple-A Norfolk and moved outfielder Nolan Reimold from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL to clear a roster spot. Manager Buck Showalter said prior to Monday's game that Reimold had not been taking part in baseball activities and had just been receiving treatment on his sore neck.
Guilmet, 26, was drafted by Cleveland in the ninth round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, and he posted a 1.68 ERA with 20 saves in 49 games for Triple-A Columbus in 2013.
• After Monday's game, Girardi announced that the Yankees are preparing to place closer David Robertson on the 15-day DL due to a strained left groin. Shawn Kelley, who closed out Monday's win, is likely to get the first chance to close games in Robertson's absence.
• Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy remained out of the lineup on Monday due to back spasms and has not yet been scheduled to undergo tests.
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