AJ Burnett and Brain Matusz hook up in yet another series rematch. Last time around, Burnett earned the victory with eight shutout innings, but Matusz pitched well in defeat. The Yankees can probably expect to see a better performance this time around.
The lineup features Derek Jeter’s first game as DH as well as Marcus Thames return to LF. Jorge Posada remains on the sidelines with his strained right calf. According to the Yankees, Posada remains day-to-day with Friday being an early target. Mariano Rivera, who is nursing a soar left side, also remains unavailable in today’s game. Rivera threw a bullpen session today without any discomfort, but Girardi’s initial plan is to give him one more day off (update: According to ESPN1050, Rivera is now available for tonights game).
To supplement the Yankees depleted roster, Greg Golson was promoted from Triple-A Scranton. Golson, a right handed hitting center fielder who will provide outfield depth, took the place of Mark Melancon.
|vs. Brian Matusz||PA||BA||OBP||SLG||HR||RBI|
|Derek Jeter DH||7||0.429||0.429||0.429||0||0|
|Nick Swisher RF||6||0.000||0.000||0.000||0||0|
|Mark Teixeira 1B||6||0.400||0.333||0.600||0||1|
|Alex Rodriguez 3B||6||0.200||0.167||0.400||0||1|
|Robinson Cano 2B||6||0.333||0.333||1.000||1||1|
|Marcus Thames LF||0||0.000||0.000||0.000||0||0|
|Brett Gardner CF||3||0.000||0.000||0.000||0||0|
|Francisco Cervelli C||3||0.333||0.333||0.333||0||0|
|Ramiro Pena SS||0||0.000||0.000||0.000||0||0|
|vs. AJ Burnett||PA||BA||OBP||SLG||HR||RBI|
|Adam Jones CF||27||0.231||0.231||0.423||1||4|
|Nick Markakis RF||41||0.297||0.341||0.351||0||3|
|Matt Weiters C||9||0.000||0.111||0.000||0||0|
|Miguel Tejada 3B||20||0.278||0.350||0.278||0||1|
|Ty Wiggington 2B||30||0.231||0.333||0.423||1||3|
|Luke Scott LF||22||0.333||0.455||0.778||2||4|
|Garrett Atkins DH||0||0.000||0.000||0.000||0||0|
|Ryan Hughes 1B||0||0.000||0.000||0.000||0||0|
|Cesar Izturis SS||19||0.167||0.211||0.222||0||0|
- A.J. Burnett is 10-2 lifetime with a 4.76 ERA against the Orioles.
- Burnett is averaging 6 2/3 innings per start so far this season. Excluding Javier Vazquez, Yankees starters have averaged 6.715 innings per start.
- Alex Rodriguez remains one HR behind Frank Robinson for 7th place on the all-time list, while Derek Jeter needs one 2B to bypass Don Mattingly for sole possession of third place on the franchise leader board.
- The Yankees have won 23 of their last 29 games against the Orioles.