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Game 42: The champs come to town

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The second best offensive team in baseball* (not to mention the defending champs) visit the new stadium for the start of inter-league play.

It'll be Brett Myers squaring off against A.J. Burnett.

Burnett frequently got roughed up by the Phillies as a member of the Marlins, but pitched well against the eventual champs (almost exactly a year ago) in one game as a Blue Jay: 6.1 ip, 2 er, 4 h, 3 bb, 8 k.

After three good games to start the season (3.20 ERA), Burnett has faltered (6.12 ERA in five games). He did, however, make a solid start his last time out against Minnesota (6.2 ip, 2 er).

Brett Myers has faced the Bombers just once in his career (way back in 2006), pitching an impressive game: 6.2 ip, 2 er, 11 k. Myers has been perfectly average this year (100 ERA+), though he's pitched well his last two times out: 13 ip, 3 er.


New York Yankees @ Baltimore Orioles

04/06/09 4:05 PM EDT

New York Yankees Baltimore Orioles
Derek Jeter - SS Brian Roberts - 2B
Johnny Damon - LF Adam Jones - CF
Mark Teixeira - 1B Nick Markakis - RF
Hideki Matsui - DH Melvin Mora - 3B
Jorge Posada - C Aubrey Huff - 1B
Robinson Cano - 2B Ty Wigginton - DH
Xavier Nady - RF Luke Scott - LF
Cody Ransom - 3B Gregg Zaun - C
Brett Gardner - CF Cesar Izturis - SS

- Albaladejo was sent down to make room for Wang, who will serve in the bullpen for the time being.

- Bruney has pain in his elbow and will be unavailable for the next two days.

* The Yankees are first.