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Pre-game: Orioles vs. Yankees

The

Orioles

-- fresh off their season-opening, three-game sweep of the

Twins

-- host the

Yankees

tonight for the opening of a three-game series.

The Bronx Bombers are 0-3, reeling from being swept out of Tampa Bay.

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Tonight, the Orioles send left-hander

Brian Matusz

to the hill to face 16-game winner

Ivan Nova

. Forget about the weekend's domination of the Twins. This begins a string of six games against

AL East

opponents.

Some other news of note: Left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada made his first start in extended

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spring training
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in Florida. He threw six innings and 88 pitches (definitely in the range of the 90 pitches the Orioles want him at). Wada has two more starts, his next one coming Saturday, until the Orioles could bring him to Baltimore. His role once he arrives is still uncertain.

Additionally, left-hander

Zach Britton

, also still in Sarasota after receiving platelet-rich plasma treatment for shoulder inflammation, is scheduled to throw for the first time Thursday. He's on a timetable that won't get him back to Baltimore until early-May at the earliest, but Orioles manager

Buck Showalter

said he'll see how Britton's first few throwing sessions go before predicting any sort of return.

Here are today's lineups:

Yankees
Derek Jeter

SS

Nick Swisher

RF

Robinson Cano

2B

Alex Rodriguez

DH

Mark Teixeira

1B

Curtis Granderson

CF

Andruw Jones

LF

Russell Martin

C

Eduardo Nunez

3BIvan Nova RHP

Orioles
Nolan Reimold

LF

JJ Hardy SS

Nick Markakis

RF

Adam Jones

CF

Matt Wieters

C

Mark Reynolds

3B

Wilson Betemit

DH

Chris Davis

1B

Robert Andino

2BBrian Matusz LHP

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