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Game 51: Win or split?

This is a rubber match in essence. The Yanks won the first two games, and looked in prime position to take yesterday's game, but had nary a break and lost by a run.

Joba the Starter will go against 26-year-old-lefty Jeremy Sowers.

Joba pitched once against Cleveland in April and got smacked around: 4.2 ip, 5 er, 6 h, 5 bb, 4 k. The walks (which make for high pitch-counts) are really the problem. He's gone four or fewer innings in his last two starts - one due to an injury, the other due to throwing 84 pitches in four frames.

Sowers has had a tough season and career against the Yanks. He's got a 7.71 ERA on the season and a 6.60 ERA against the Bombers in three career starts (the last being 2008). Righties are killing Sowers this season - a 1.024 OPS against him.

Girardi has posted an interesting lineup. Damon and Matsui are out (against the southpaw Sowers), A-Rod's the DH, Berroa's at thirdbase, Swisher's hitting second, and Melky's back (in LF). The only lefties are Cano and Gardner.


New York Yankees @ Cleveland Indians

06/01/09 7:05 PM EDT

New York Yankees Cleveland Indians
Derek Jeter - SS Asdrubal Cabrera - SS
Nick Swisher - RF Ben Francisco - CF
Mark Teixeira - 1B Victor Martinez - DH
Alex Rodriguez - DH Shin-Soo Choo - RF
Jorge Posada - C Jhonny Peralta - 3B
Robinson Cano - 2B Mark DeRosa - LF
Melky Cabrera - LF Ryan Garko - 1B
Angel Berroa - 3B Jamey Carroll - 2B
Brett Gardner - CF Kelly Shoppach - C