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Game 118: House Money

The Yankees picked up a game on the Red Sox last night, stretching their lead in the AL East to 7 games in the loss column, and remain 2 losses ahead of the Angels for the best record in baseball.

They've taken the first 3 from the Mariners, and winning series is what I focus on. So going for a sweep is gravy.

Joba should give the M's a very different look from Mitre last night. August has been shaky so far, as he's given up 4 earned in each of his starts, going 5 then 6 innings. In his defense, he was facing strong lineups in Toronto and Boston. The M's are a different team: second to last in the AL in OBP, in SLG, and last in runs.

Rookie Doug Fister is hoping for some run support though, having pitched 6 innings of one-hit, shutout ball against the White Sox in his debut as a starter. Fister didn't get the win because the team could only manage one run in support, and the bullpen served up a walk-off homer.

With no off-day, Chamberlain needs to work deep and protect the pen. On the other hand, Hughes had the night off last night, so he might be available to work more than one inning.