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Game 100: Southpaw matchup

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Scott Kazmir is a Yankee-killer but has had a poor season so far: something's got to give. He's dominated his last five starts against the Bombers: 3-1, 29.2 ip, 35 K, 1.83 ERA. On the other hand, in his last seven starts, he's looked as such: 0-3, 36 ip, 28 K, 7.50 ERA. Which will continue tonight, his dominance of the Yanks or his poor season?

Opposing him will be our best pitcher, CC Sabathia, who faced Tampa once this year (in June), holding them to four earned runs in eight innings. CC's been Mr. Consistency this year, having both a 3.67 ERA in his last seven games and a 3.67 ERA to this point in the season.

Only three Yankees have hit well Kazmir well: Tex (1.917 OPS), Posada (1.207) and Melky (.867). No other Yankee has an OPS higher than .700.

On the other side, Bartlett, Kapler, Upton and Zobrist have all fared well against Sabathia (OPSing at least .827).


Lineup

New York Yankees @ Tampa Bay Rays

07/28/09 7:08 PM EDT

New York Yankees Tampa Bay Rays
Derek Jeter - SS B.J. Upton - CF
Johnny Damon - LF Carl Crawford - LF
Mark Teixeira - 1B Evan Longoria - 3B
Alex Rodriguez - 3B Ben Zobrist - 2B
Hideki Matsui - DH Pat Burrell - DH
Jorge Posada - C Carlos Pena - 1B
Robinson Cano - 2B Gabe Kapler - RF
Nick Swisher - RF Dioner Navarro - C
Melky Cabrera - CF Jason Bartlett - SS

  • By the way, I attended my first game at the new stadium...

last Saturday (the only game of the homestand they lost) and was very impressed. I loved being able to walk around while keeping an eye on the game. The old stadium had small, cramped corridors that were near impossible to walk through. The food choices were incredible: sushi, noodle bowls, cheese steaks, mac & cheese, hush puppies, garlic fries, etc. Anyway, here are some photos -

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You can see how straight the rightfield wall is, compared to the old park's sloping wall.

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Some seats down the lines are tilted toward the diamond.

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Though the seats we had were not tilted and faced leftfield.

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The controversial 'vents' at the back of the rightfield seats.