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Game 39: Another rookie for Baltimore

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This time it's Brad Bergesen, their third rookie to start a game this year (Alfredo Simon and Koji Uehara being the others). He's never faced the Yankees and has been hit hard this season: 5.27 ERA and 40 hits in 27.1 innings.

CC Sabathia goes for the Yankees, coming off a solid start in Toronto when he gave up just two runs in eight innings. It'll already be his third start of the year against the O's. He struggled mightily in the first game (4.1 ip, 6 er), then destroyed the Baltimore's hitters in start no. 2 (complete-game shutout). I'm expecting something in between tonight.

The Yankees as a team are destroying lefties: .935 OPS against southpaws. The O's have struggled against lefties: .662 OPS. Let's hope the trends continue.


Baltimore Orioles @ New York Yankees

05/19/09 7:05 PM EDT

Baltimore Orioles New York Yankees
Brian Roberts - 2B Derek Jeter - SS
Adam Jones - CF Johnny Damon - LF
Nick Markakis - RF Mark Teixeira - 1B
Aubrey Huff - 1B Alex Rodriguez - 3B
Melvin Mora - 3B Hideki Matsui - DH
Nolan Reimold - LF Nick Swisher - RF
Lou Montanez - DH Robinson Cano - 2B
Gregg Zaun - C Melky Cabrera - CF
Robert Andino - SS Francisco Cervelli - C