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BAL@NYY: Kuroda scatters five singles, fans five

A model of consistency, Hiroki Kuroda has been the ultimate workhorse for the Yankees this season.

The veteran right-hander has yet to allow more than three runs in any start this season and has posted a quality start in seven of his nine outings.

Kuroda will look to keep that streak going as the Yankees and Orioles meet for Wednesday's rubber match in Baltimore. Baltimore, which snapped a six-game losing streak with Tuesday's 3-2 win in 10 innings, enters Wednesday four games behind first-place New York in the American League East.

Against the Blue Jays on Friday, Kuroda allowed just two hits in eight innings for his second win in as many starts and his sixth victory of the season. He struck out five and walked just one.

"Tonight was not a whole lot different from what we've seen all year," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of Kuroda, who shut out the Orioles on five hits in a start on April 14. "He expects to do well. ... He's been so good for us."

Such dominance hasn't been the case for Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel, who has allowed 17 earned runs in his last three starts combined.

Struggling with his fastball command throughout Friday's start against the Rays, Hammel allowed a season-high seven runs on 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings, taking his second loss of the season.

Hammel has has been unable to work deep into games so far this season, recording an out in the seventh just once.

"I'm missing out over the plate, arm-side with my fastball," Hammel said after his most recent start. "It's a pretty simple fix, but for right now, it's seemingly a little bit difficult for me.

"But I've been here. I've figured it out before, so I'm not going to continue to beat myself up. I'll just get back to work and we'll move on."

Yankees: Robertson donates to tornado victims
• Right-handed reliever David Robertson is supporting the victims of the Oklahoma tornado tragedies by pledging to donate $100 for every strikeout he records this season.

Watching television coverage of the devastation centered in Moore, Okla., brought Robertson right back to the April 2011 tornadoes that ravaged his hometown of Tuscaloosa, Ala.

"It's the exact same thing that happened to Tuscaloosa. It looks like they got hit worse," Robertson said. "It looked like the tornado was even bigger and it happened to hit residential areas. The same thing as in Tuscaloosa -- it just split the town in half. It really hurts to see it."

• Willie Randolph and Andy Cannizaro will serve as the Yankees' representatives for the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, which will begin on June 6.

Orioles: Gausman likely to get call
• With a vacancy in their rotation, the Orioles are likely to recall highly touted right-hander Kevin Gausman from Double-A Bowie to make his big league debut on Thursday against the Blue Jays in Toronto, a source confirmed to MLB.com.

Gausman -- the O's No. 2 prospect, according to MLB.com -- was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft and has allowed 21 runs (16 earned) on 44 hits in 46 1/3 innings this season, striking out 49 batters and walking just five.

• The Orioles optioned right-hander Jair Jurrjens to Triple-A Norfolk on Tuesday, opting to keep Jake Arrieta to add some length to their bullpen on the night right-hander Miguel Gonzalez made his first start off the disabled list.

Jurrjens will remain a starter at Norfolk and is eligible to be recalled after spending 10 days in the Minor Leagues, unless an injury scenario arises, in which case he could come up sooner.

Worth noting
• First baseman Mark Teixeira, on the disabled list with a partially torn right wrist tendon, had four at-bats in a simulated game on Tuesday at the Yankees' complex in Tampa, Fla., while Kevin Youkilis (lumbar spine sprain) had three at-bats. Girardi said that Teixeira saw 40-45 pitches in his plate appearances and is doing well.

• Orioles catcher Taylor Teagarden (dislocated left thumb) is four or five days from possibly playing in extended spring games, Showalter said. Teagarden will catch a couple of bullpen sessions first, but he may play in a game in Sarasota, Fla., as early as next Monday.

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