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Game 142: A potentially historic night, weather permitting

Derek Jeter stands on the brink of breaking the Yankees 70-year old hits record. I'm selfishly hoping he doesn't get a hit until tomorrow (when I'll be in attendance).

In related news, there are two teams playing each other tonight. The pitching matchup is Andy Pettitte vs. Chris Tillman, a former top prospect in the O's organization. Andy's been doing his best Mike Mussina 2008 impression recently; since the All-Star break, he's 5-1 with a 2.88 ERA in 65.2 innings (in addition to 65 K and 20 BB). Additionally, Pettitte has dominated Baltimore this season, to the tune of two earned runs in 15.1 innings with 16 strikeouts.

Tillman has been adjusting to big league hitters moderately well. His ERA+ is 100, but that's probably lucky (it is in fact: his FIP is 6.23) since he's struck outonly 24 and allowed 11 homers in 46.1 innings.


Baltimore Orioles @ New York Yankees

09/11/09 7:05 PM EDT

Baltimore Orioles New York Yankees
Brian Roberts - 2B Derek Jeter - SS
Cesar Izturis - SS Nick Swisher - RF
Nick Markakis - RF Mark Teixeira - 1B
Nolan Reimold - LF Alex Rodriguez - 3B
Melvin Mora - 3B Hideki Matsui - DH
Luke Scott - 1B Jorge Posada - C
Matt Wieters - DH Robinson Cano - 2B
Felix Pie - CF Melky Cabrera - LF
Chad Moeller - C Brett Gardner - CF