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Game 128: "Pitchers Duel" may be misnomer. "Pitchers Mud Wrestling" maybe.

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When CC Sabathia pitches for the Yankees, our offense explodes.

When Mark Buehrle pitches against the Yankees, same result.

The last time these two met up, the Yanks were down in an 0-3 series hole in the South Side, and CC pulled out the W...which not only kept us from getting swept, but became the launching point for the current 6-game winning streak he's riding. In games where works a W, the Yanks average 7 runs. The weirdest part is that the average run differential in his wins is nearly 5.

CC likes cushioning, I guess.

Buehrle, on the other, ordered the David Cone Special from the Devil's online shop. Since his perfecto, he's 0-4 with a 6.21 ERA. The Yankees went to town on him on July 21, tagging him for 7 in 4 1/3 innings. But apparently, he's identified the problem: "I'm throwing too many change-ups." Well done, Mark. That epiphany will be about as helpful as Kevin Youkilis's advice to you: "Don't let them hit the ball to right field."

Well, in that case, I'd like to throw my cap in the sage counsel ring:

Don't let them win, NY.


Chicago White Sox @ New York Yankees

08/28/09 7:05 PM EDT

Chicago White Sox New York Yankees
Jayson Nix - 2B Derek Jeter - SS
Gordon Beckham - 3B Johnny Damon - LF
Jim Thome - DH Mark Teixeira - 1B
Paul Konerko - 1B Alex Rodriguez - 3B
Jermaine Dye - RF Hideki Matsui - DH
Carlos Quentin - LF Nick Swisher - RF
Alex Rios - CF Robinson Cano - 2B
Alexei Ramirez - SS Melky Cabrera - CF
Ramon Castro - C Jose Molina - C