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Game 41: The first inning

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Joba Chamberlain takes the hill against Adam Eaton.

Joba has had problems getting out of the first inning unscathed. Opponents OPS against him in the first inning is 1.202, higher than any other inning. Last week vs. Minnesota, Joba was made to simulate an inning in the bullpen before entering, and that seemed to help, as he retired the side on 14 pitches.

The Orioles, on the other hand, have had a knack for touching up pitchers in the opening frame (they lead the AL in first inning scoring), and they've scored six first inning runs in eight games against the the Yanks.

Despite that, the Yankees have a clear edge (on paper) in this matchup. Joba has a 3.76 ERA (in 40.2 innings) on the season, including a 2.18 ERA against the O's in 20.2 career innings.

Adam Eaton is a journey-man, back-end starter with a 7.93 ERA (in 36.1 innings) in 2009, including a 5.17 ERA in 15.2 innings against the Bombers.


Baltimore Orioles @ New York Yankees

05/21/09 7:05 PM EDT

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