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Game 78: More lefties

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It would be nice if Girardi could find a way to break up the two lefties in the rotation. I don't know for a fact that seeing the same handed pitcher on consecutive days is detrimental, but common sense says it is.

Our best pitcher, CC Sabathia, goes for the sweep against Jason Vargas ('Vargas!'), who missed all of last season due to a torn hip labrum (um... you hear that, Alex?).

Sabathia hasn't faced the M's since 2007, but has done well against all their hitters (OPS under .754) except Ichiro (1.132 OPS). He's been great in his last three starts (16.1 ip, 2.81 ERA), so let's hope that continues.

Vargas has never faced any Yankee hitter, and has sucked in his last three starts (16.1 ip, 7.16 ERA), so let's hope that continues.


Lineup

Seattle Mariners @ New York Yankees

07/02/09 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
Mike Sweeney - DH Alex Rodriguez - 3B
Franklin Gutierrez - CF Robinson Cano - 2B
Kenji Johjima - C Nick Swisher - RF
Ryan Langerhans - LF Hideki Matsui - DH
Chris Woodward - 3B Melky Cabrera - CF
Ronny Cedeno - SS Francisco Cervelli - C