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Game #130 -- New York Yankees at Detroit Tigers

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New York Yankees

Johnny Damon,  DH
Melky Cabrera,  CF
Bobby Abreu,  RF
Alex Rodriguez,  3B
Hideki Matsui,  LF
Jason Giambi,  1B   
Robinson Cano,  2B
Wilson Betemit,  SS
Jose Molina,  C

Phil Hughes,  RHP  (2-1,  4.96)


Detroit Tigers

Curtis Granderson,  CF
Plácido Polanco,  2B
Marcus Thames,  DH
Magglio Ordóñez,  RF
Carlos Guillen,  SS
Ivan Rodriguez,  C
Sean Casey,  1B
Brandon Inge,  3B
Cameron Maybin,  LF

Jair Jurrjens,  RHP  (1-1,  3.29)


Both starters are making their first career starts against the opposition.  Interestingly enough, both have outpitched and beaten Fausto Carmona within the past two weeks.  

In fact, Jurrjens has made two major league starts and both were against Carmona -- a pretty tough challenge for anyone, much less a youngster.  Gotta wonder how the Yankee offense will handle this kid since we all know that they tend to have trouble with pitchers they've never seen.

Speaking of offense, Hideki Matsui is hitting .405 (30-74), 2 HR, 16 RBI, and 18 runs scored in his last 19 games.  Must be the porn.

Pete Abraham reports that Ian Kennedy will not be among the minor leaguers called up to the big club when the rosters expand on Sept 1.  Although disappointing, it's not exactly shocking news considering the strict innings cap the organization has on him.

The featured graphic for today's game is an alternate team logo of the Detroit Tigers from 1967 to 1977.