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Game 71: Perfect - another rookie pitcher

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Well, he's not really a rookie. Kenshin Kawakami is 34 years old and came over to Atlanta as a free agent after 11 years playing pro-ball in Japan. He's having a commendable campaign, including some great games against AL East opponents: eight shut-out innings vs. Toronto and six innings of two-run ball vs. Boston.

However... Joba Chamberlain is a novelty to the Braves (so we've that going for us, which is nice). He's never faced them, and the only Atlanta batter who ever has is Nate McLouth (0-3, K). He'll try to end a three-game losing streak.

The Yankee offense really needs to break out. Scoring a few runs early could go a very long way toward helping the confidence of the whole team (as well as the fanbase).

- Jose Veras was 'traded' to the Indians for cash. Eh, better than nothing. Put it into IFAs.

- Speaking of amateurs, here's an interview with first-round pick Slade Heathcott.


Lineup

New York Yankees @ Atlanta Braves

06/24/09 7:10 PM EDT

New York Yankees Atlanta Braves
Derek Jeter - SS Nate McLouth - CF
Johnny Damon - LF Yunel Escobar - SS
Mark Teixeira - 1B Chipper Jones - 3B
Alex Rodriguez - 3B Brian McCann - C
Robinson Cano - 2B Garret Anderson - LF
Nick Swisher - RF Casey Kotchman - 1B
Brett Gardner - CF Jeff Francoeur - RF
Francisco Cervelli - C Kelly Johnson - 2B
Joba Chamberlain - P Kenshin Kawakami - P