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NYY@MIN: Pettitte breaks Yankees strikeout record

With a walk-off win Friday night, the Yankees pushed their winning streak to five. They also broke a five-game losing streak against the Orioles.

It was a big turnaround, since just five days earlier, Baltimore completed a three-game sweep of New York at Camden Yards. The Yankees picked up steam with a four-game sweep of the Twins in Minnesota and will look to keep rolling as they host the Orioles at Yankees Stadium for the second game of the three-game set.

"I've always thought about them as competitive and contending," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of the Yankees.

"Any time you run the pitching out there that they run out there, they're always going to be in it. I think that's a given going into the rest of the season."

That was especially true Friday night, with spot starter Ivan Nova tossing a complete-game gem against Baltimore to pick up the win. The Yankees will now hand the ball to Andy Pettitte, hoping to keep the starting pitching on track.

In the process of trying to win the series, the Yanks will try to snap another Orioles streak. Baltimore starter Chris Tillman is riding a six-game winning streak and hasn't lost since May 19.

Tillman went 6-0 in June and has been a stabilizing force in the Orioles' rotation. He'll try to keep that going Saturday against Pettitte and the Yankees.

With a win Saturday, Tillman could even the series and get closer to Erik Bedard's winning streak of nine consecutive decisions from June 2011 to August '11.

The last Orioles right-hander to win seven in a row? Mike Mussina, from April 11 to June 9, 1997.

Yankees: Jeter scheduled for rehab
• Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Saturday. It's a notable step in his journey to return from a fractured left ankle he suffered in the American League Championship Series last season.

If all goes according to plan, Jeter will play five innings at shortstop for the RailRiders. As with all position players, he'll have 20 days to complete his rehab assignment.

Manager Joe Girardi called Jeter's playing in games again a "really good sign." The Yankees will monitor his progress and Girardi said they'll ensure he's ready to play before he's called up.

The shortstop has been working out at the Yankees' Minor League complex in Tampa, Fla., taking simulated at-bats and doing fielding drills. He ran the bases for the first time on Monday.

Orioles: Chen on the mend
• Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen (strained oblique) joined the team Friday in New York, and it appears he's ready to rejoin the rotation.

Chen, who last pitched in the Majors on May 12 in Minnesota, threw a second rehab outing for Double-A Bowie on Thursday. He earned the win with seven shutout innings of four-hit baseball.

The Orioles will have a couple decisions to make once Chen is activated, as they'll need to make room for him on the 25-man roster and figure out where he fits in the rotation.

Showalter said the team could move to a six-man rotation for a time when Chen returns or that someone will end up in the bullpen. He indicated that having to make such decisions is a good problem to have.

Worth noting
• Yankees pitcher Hiroki Kuroda (hip flexor) was cleared to begin throwing again Friday. He was originally scheduled to pitch against the Orioles on Friday, but he will not start a game this series.

• Robinson Cano is 10-for-19 off Tillman in his career, including two homers and seven RBIs.

• The two Orioles batters with the most experience against Pettitte are Brian Roberts and Nick Markakis. Roberts is 16-for-62 (.258) in his career and Markakis is 12-for-37 (.324) lifetime off the lefty. Comments