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Game #145 -- New York Yankees at Toronto Blue Jays

New York Yankees

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

Mike Mussina,  RHP  (8-10,  5.51)

Toronto Blue Jays

Vernon Wells,  CF
Russ Adams,  3B
Álex Ríos,  RF
Frank Thomas,  DH
Matt Stairs,  LF
Aaron Hill,  2B
Lyle Overbay,  1B
Gregg Zaun,  C
John McDonald,  SS

Dustin McGowan,  RHP  (10-8,  3.90)

It's all about the pitching.  Yankee starters are 4-0, 2.63 ERA and averaging almost 6.1 IP per start during their six game winning streak.  Of course, the offense hasn't been too shabby either -- scoring 51 runs (8.5 RPG) during the same span.

Although you can probably throw these stats out the window, Mussina has excellent career numbers against the Jays (21-11, 3.38 ERA in 39 starts).  He makes his first start since August 27th and his first start against the Jays this season.

Dustin McGowan has been outstanding against the Yanks in 2007 (2-0, 2.45 ERA in 2 starts).  Despite his record, he has been extremely effective over his last 10 starts (5-3, 2.62 ERA).

Albeit a small sample, the Yankee regulars have not hit McGowan well.  Case in point, only Derek Jeter (5-11, .455) possesses a career BA over .250 against him (minimum 5 AB).

The featured graphic for tonight's game is the primary cap logo of the Toronto Blue Jays.