The Orioles haven’t made an official announcement on their rotation. But the way they are set up now, the Rays will face Kevin Millwood on opening day, followed by Jeremy Guthrie and lefty Brian Matusz. Also, the Yankees announced today that Phil Hughes will be their fifth starter. He will likely make his first start at the Trop in the second series of the year.

Here are the probable pitching matchups for the first week…

Tue April 6: James Shields v Kevin Millwood (Bal)
Wed April 7: Matt Garza v Jeremy Guthrie (Bal)
Thur April 8: Jeff Niemann v Brian Matusz (Bal)
Fri April 9: David Price v Javier Vazquez (NYY)
Sat April 10: Wade Davis v Phil Hughes* (NYY)
Sun April 11: James Shields v CC Sabathia* (NYY)

The Yankees do have two off-days the first week which would leave Sabathia on 6 days rest if he goes on Sunday. Joe Girardi could choose to skip Hughes the first time through the order bumping CC Sabathia up to Saturday on 5 days rest. If that happens, AJ Burnett will square-off with Shields on Sunday.

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  1. Erick says:

    Lets Go RAYS! Just win every series!

    So with Hughes being the Yanks 5th starter, does that mean they will introduce us to the "Hughes Rules" this year?

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    • DRR says:

      http://www.fannation.com/truth_and_rumors/view/172570-new-rules-coming-for-yanks-hughes?eref=sihp

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  2. Brian H says:

    Tue April 6: James Shields v Kevin Millwood (Bal) -advantage rays
    Wed April 7: Matt Garza v Jeremy Guthrie (Bal)--advantage rays
    Thur April 8: Jeff Niemann v Brian Matusz (Bal)-advantage rays
    Fri April 9: David Price v Javier Vazquez (NYY)-advantage rays
    Sat April 10: Wade Davis v Phil Hughes* (NYY)-advantage rays
    Sun April 11: James Shields v CC Sabathia* (NYY)-advantage rays

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