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Game #161 -- New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles

New York Yankees

Melky Cabrera,  CF
Wilson Betemit,  3B
Bobby Abreu,  RF
Jason Giambi,  DH
Robinson Cano,  2B
Jorge Posada,  C
Shelley Duncan,  1B
Bronson Sardinha,  LF
Alberto González,  SS

Andy Pettitte,  LHP  (14-9,  3.81)

Baltimore Orioles

Brian Roberts,  2B
Melvin Mora,  3B
Nick Markakis,  RF
Miguel Tejada,  DH
Kevin Millar,  1B
Ramón Hernández,  C
Jay Payton,  LF
Tike Redman,  CF
Luis Hernández,  SS

Daniel Cabrera,  RHP  (9-17,  5.37)

Ed Price reports that Joe Torre has officially named Chien-Ming Wang as the starter for Game 1 of the ALDS in Cleveland while Andy Pettitte will start Game 2.

In addition, Roger Clemens will indeed start Game 3 at Yankee Stadium if he’s healthy enough to go, but Torre has not committed to Mike Mussina over Phil Hughes if a fourth starter is needed.

As for tonight's game, Pettitte will be limited to roughly 50-60 pitches.  Makes sense.

Pettitte has dominated the Orioles throughout his career (21-6, 3.63 ERA in 33 games) and has pitched well against them again in 2007 (1-1, 2.49 ERA in 3 starts).

Cabrera has been very erratic against the Yanks for the most part (3-5, 4.39 ERA in 12 starts) and this season has been no different (1-2, 5.25 ERA in 4 starts).  He has also been downright atrocious in his last 7 starts (0-5, 7.30 ERA), dating back to August 22nd when he was the loser in the 30-3 ass-whooping to the Rangers.

Yankee hitters vs. Cabrera can be viewed here.  Birds' hitters vs. Pettitte can be viewed here.  

The featured graphic for tonight's game is a current but alternate logo for the Baltimore Orioles.