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Sonny Gray pickles Orioles as Yankees sweep twin bill

Preparing to make his first start in nearly a month, Sonny Gray (Pickles) huddled with catcher Austin Romine (Ro) early on Saturday, voicing an intention to fill the zone with his fastball, slider and splitter. Those pitches kept the Orioles’ aggressive lineup flailing, but the Yankees right-hander’s most important weapon might be his rediscovered confidence.

A pair of excellent starting-pitching performances propelled the Yankees to a doubleheader sweep of the Orioles on Saturday, as Gray fired 6 1/3 scoreless innings to follow J.A. Happ’s (Happer) winning afternoon effort. In a high point of what has been a trying campaign, Gray exited to a warm ovation as he departed New York’s 5-1 nightcap victory at Camden Yards.

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