From Comcast SportsNetOKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez has won the 2012 Warren Spahn Award in a tiebreaker over Tampa Bay's David Price.The award is given to the top left-handed pitcher in the major leagues using a formula based on wins, strikeouts and ERA.The Warren Spahn Board of Directors said Thursday that Gonzalez and Price tied -- with Gonzalez winning the tiebreaker of most wins. Gonzalez's 21 wins were one better than Price, who won the award in 2010.The award is named for Hall of Fame pitcher Warren Spahn, who holds the big league record for most wins by a left-hander with 363. It is presented by the Bricktown Rotary Club of Oklahoma City and the Jim Thorpe Association.
Baltimore Orioles (87-72) vs. New York Yankees (83-76), Yankee Stadium, Bronx, N.Y., 7:05 p.m.
Yovani Gallardo (5-8, 5.63) vs. Michael Pineda (6-11, 4.68)
Keys to the Game:
Can Gallardo give the Orioles a credible start? In his last start at Yankee Stadium, on Aug. 26, he allowed eight runs--seven earned--in 1 1/3 innings, his shortest major league start.
Can the Orioles forget about outside influences? Toronto is playing three games at Boston, and the weather this weekend in the Northeast is supposed to be horrible.
News and Notes:
The Orioles and Blue Jays are tied for the top wild-card spot. Detroit is 1 1/2 games back, and Seattle trails by two. The Yankees were eliminated Thursday night.
Gallardo is 1-3 with a 7.62 ERA in five starts against New York and 1-2 with an 8.16 ERA in three starts at Yankee Stadium.
Pineda is 4-2 with a 3.73 ERA in 11 starts against the Orioles.
Wade Miley is scheduled to start on Saturday and Kevin Gausman is in line to start Sunday. Dylan Bundy will be available in the bullpen.
MORE ORIOLES: JIMENEZ BRILLIANT AS O'S TIE JAYS
Orioles 4, Blue Jays 0
Winner: Jimenez (8-12)
Loser: Stroman (9-10)
WHAT WENT RIGHT: Ubaldo Jimenez allowed just one hit in 6 2/3 innings, walking three and striking out five.
The only hit was to leadoff batter Ezequiel Carrera.
Jimenez, who recorded just one out and allowed five first-inning runs on June 12 in his last start at Rogers Centre, retired 11 straight at one point.
WHAT WENT WRONG: Cleveland and Detroit were rained out, possibly complicating the Orioles logistical plans. That game will be made up on Monday if it has a bearing on the wild-card or playoff seeding.
WHAT IT MEANS: The Orioles and Blue Jays are tied for the top wild-card spot. They hold a 1 ½ game lead over the Tigers. If the Orioles win their final three games, they’re guaranteed a playoff spot.
If Toronto and Baltimore tie, the Blue Jays host Tuesday’s wild-card game because they won the season series, 10-9.
BRACH ENDS IT: Donnie Hart recorded one out, and Brad Brach pitched two shutout innings.
PRODUCTIVE OUTS: The Orioles’ first two runs scored on outs. Manny Machado’s sacrifice fly in the first inning scored J.J. Hardy.
Chris Davis scored the second run when Michael Bourn hit into a fielder’s choice.
KIM AGAIN: A night after hitting a two-run, ninth-inning home run, Hyun Soo Kim drove in the Orioles’ third run in the seventh inning.
RARE STEAL: Michael Bourn stole a base for the second straight game. Bourn is now tied for second on the club with two steals. The club leader, Joey Rickard, has four, and hasn’t played in more than two months.
Bourn’s steal was important because he scored on Kim’s single.
TRUMBO STRETCHES: Mark Trumbo stretched a single into a double in the eighth, and he scored the fourth run on a single by Matt Wieters.
BAUTISTA CAN’T SOLVE JIMENEZ: Jose Bautista was 0-for-3 against Jimenez, and in his career, he’s 3-for-38 against him.
WHAT’S NEXT? The Orioles travel to Yankee Stadium for the final three games of the regular season. Yovani Gallardo (5-8, 5.63) faces Michael Pineda (6-11, 4.68).