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Game #48 -- Los Angeles Angels at New York Yankees

Los Angeles Angels

Reggie Willits,  LF
Orlando Cabrera,  SS
Vladimir Guerrero,  DH
Gary Matthews Jr.,  CF
Casey Kotchman,  1B
Howie Kendrick,  2B
Mike Napoli,  C
Robb Quinlan,  RF
Chone Figgins,  3B

John Lackey,  RHP  (7-3,  2.38)

New York Yankees

Melky Cabrera,  CF
Derek Jeter,  SS
Hideki Matsui,  LF
Alex Rodriguez,  3B
Jason Giambi,  DH
Robinson Cano,  2B
Bobby Abreu,  RF
Doug Mientkiewicz,  1B
Wil Nieves,  C

Mike Mussina,  RHP  (2-3,  6.52)

The Yanks hope to avoid the sweep as they send struggling Mike Mussina to the mound to counter John Lackey.  Dare I say it, but the Yanks have had very good success against Lackey (3-6,  5.76) during his career.

Of course, when it comes to the current snake-bitten Yankees, you can probably throw all of those old stats out the window.

As far as the lineup is concerned, I think it's safe to say that Bobby Abreu was moved out of the leadoff spot because he wasn't providing much of a spark atop the order.  Duh.

The featured graphic for today's game is a logo promoting an exhibition game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field way back in 1961.