If the Yankees are going to gain ground on the Orioles in the American League East, then Wednesday's game in Baltimore carries heightened importance.
New York trails the division-leading O's by seven games, and a loss on Wednesday could signal that the Yankees are better focusing their attention on the second Wild Card spot as their avenue into the postseason.
The Yankees' rotation is hoping for a jolt from the return of starter Michael Pineda. He has not pitched in the Majors since April 23, when he was ejected and then suspended for having pine tar on his neck. Shortly after, he strained a teres major muscle behind his pitching shoulder.
Pineda has completed a lengthy rehab process, and the Yankees are hoping he can return to the same form from before his injury. He was 2-2 with a 1.83 ERA in four starts.
The Orioles will turn to right-hander Chris Tillman, who has been on a roll since the start of the second half.
He held the Cardinals to four hits and two runs in 6 2/3 innings during his last start to lower his ERA to 2.30 since the All-Star break.
Yankees: Greene to start Saturday
Yankees rookie Shane Greene was scheduled to start Tuesday's game in Baltimore before it was postponed due to rain.
He will now make his next start on Saturday against Tampa Bay.
Greene's last start was his best in his first season with New York. He threw a career-high eight scoreless innings against the Tigers on Thursday, scattering five hits, which preserved the Yankees' one-run lead and earned him his third win of the season.
Orioles: Machado's MRI reveals right knee ligament sprain
The Orioles announced Tuesday night that Manny Machado has been diagnosed with a right knee ligament sprain after an MRI taken earlier in the day. Machado was not available for an interview, and the Orioles said an update on his condition will be provided on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, an MRI on J.J. Hardy's left thumb confirmed a sprain, and the team hopes to have him back later this week, according to executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette.
"I like the fact that he was a tad better today," manager Buck Showalter said of Hardy, who sustained the injury to his non-throwing hand on a slide at home plate on Saturday. "He came in with the same feeling again. When you got that thing in a splint all night long, you are going to have some stiffness when you take it off. Even Manny, I've been real pleased with their body language today if there is such a thing."
Tuesday's postponed game will be made up as part of a split-admission doubleheader on Friday, Sept. 12. Tickets for the Aug. 12 game will be honored for the 1:05 p.m. ET game of the doubleheader.
Jamal Collier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.