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Game 76: Potential pitcher's duel

Both Brandon Morrow and Joba Chamberlain are capable of throwing no-hitters every time they go out there. Despite Morrow's 5.64 ERA, he's capable of great things, and tonight could be a pitcher's duel.

Morrow is in the midst of re-converting from reliever to starter. Do y'all remember that brilliant effort of his last September, when he allowed one run on one hit in 7.1 innings (to go along with eight Ks)? Anyway, that was his only start against the Yanks; he also has five relief appearances.

Joba has never started against Seattle (but has faced them three times in relief), and is coming off one of his better starts of the season, when he allowed two runs in 6.1 innings in Atlanta (and the best part? no walks).

There are a number of Yankees in the midst of a hot streak, but at the very top are old-buddies A-Rod and Jeter; they're OPSing 1.533 and 1.208 (respectively) over the last week. The only regular on the icy side is Robbie Cano, OPSing .488. Perhaps Girardi should drop him in the lineup until he starts hitting again.


Seattle Mariners @ New York Yankees

06/30/09 7:05 PM EDT

Seattle Mariners New York Yankees
Ichiro Suzuki - RF Derek Jeter - SS
Russell Branyan - 1B Johnny Damon - LF
Jose Lopez - 2B Mark Teixeira - 1B
Ken Griffey Jr. - LF Alex Rodriguez - 3B
Mike Sweeney - DH Robinson Cano - 2B
Franklin Gutierrez - CF Jorge Posada - C
Chris Woodward - 3B Hideki Matsui - DH
Kenji Johjima - C Nick Swisher - RF
Ronny Cedeno - SS Melky Cabrera - CF