"I have some good memories [against the Yankees]. I have some bad memories of a 12-year-old reaching over the [fence] and catching the ball," said Johnson, who managed the Orioles in the 1996 AL Championship Series, when Yankees fan Jeffrey Maier caught a fly ball in play and pulled it across the right-field fence for a home run.
Johnson entered Friday 12-18 in his career as a manager against the Yankees -- including a 4-1 series loss in that ALCS -- and said their lineup presents the toughest matchup challenges he has seen yet in Washington.
"I think our division or the American League East division is the best in baseball," Johnson said. "There's not going to be any let-up. It tests your merit."