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Game #2 of the Division Series -- New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians

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New York Yankees

Johnny Damon,  LF
Derek Jeter,  SS
Bobby Abreu,  RF
Alex Rodriguez,  3B
Hideki Matsui,  DH
Jorge Posada,  C
Robinson Cano,  2B
Melky Cabrera,  CF
Doug Mientkiewicz,  1B

Andy Pettitte,  LHP  (15-9,  4.05)


Cleveland Indians

Grady Sizemore,  CF
Asdrubal Cabrera,  2B
Travis Hafner,  DH
Victor Martinez,  C
Ryan Garko,  1B
Jhonny Peralta,  SS
Kenny Lofton,  LF
Jason Michaels,  RF
Casey Blake,  3B   

Fausto Carmona,  RHP  (19-8,  3.06)

First off, I don't get why the injured and overmatched Matsui is back in the lineup and hitting behind A-Rod, thus guaranteeing Carmona will not give the AL MVP anything good to hit.  Giambi should be the DH, but what do I know.

Pettitte has not had a ton of success over the years against the Tribe (6-7, 4.50 in 16 starts) but did pitch well in his lone start against them on (1-0, 2.45).

As you may recall, the Yanks have faced Carmona twice this season (0-1, 4.15) and knocked him around pretty good at The Jake on 8/10.  Let's hope he has similar problems keeping his sinker down as Wang did last night.

Yankees career numbers against Carmona can be viewed here.  Tribe career numbers against Pettitte can be viewed here.  

The featured graphic for today's game is an alternative jersey logo of the Cleveland Indians from 1975 to 1977.

Pete Abraham reports that long-time public address announcer Bob Sheppard will miss the ALDS due to a bronchial infection.  Needless to say, Yankee Stadium is just not the same without him.