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Game 32: V for Vendetta

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It's been a long wait for Javy Vazquez to get back on a mound.

I'm sure there are those who wish he wasn't getting back on the mound at all. But I'm rooting for him: he's a 34 year old who has averaged 216 innings pitched for the last decade. Over 627 innings with the White Sox, he averaged a 1.25 WHIP and a 106 ERA+. This guy is an asset; not a superstar, but a guy every team except maybe the Giants would want to have.

He's thrown his bullpens: he's got to keep his mechanics in order, not let his elbow get ahead of his arm and flatten out his breaking pitches.

The Tigers are not a weak hitting team; their 4.8 runs per game are tied for 4th in the AL.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Javier Vazquez 1-3 5 5 0 0 0 0 23.0 32 25 25 8 15 20 9.78 2.04


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Rick Porcello 2-3 6 6 0 0 0 0 30.0 46 27 25 3 10 19 7.50 1.87

I always think of Porcello as the one who got away: He was a first pick talent, who scared away a lot of teams by hiring Scott Boras. The Tigers drafted him at #27 in 2007, in one spot ahead of the Yankees. He'll play the whole season as a 21 year old. His numbers may not be pretty, but this is a kid they expect great things from.

Let's go Yankees!


Lineup

New York Yankees @ Detroit Tigers

05/12/10 1:05 PM EDT

New York Yankees Detroit Tigers
Derek Jeter - SS Austin Jackson - CF
Brett Gardner - CF Johnny Damon - LF
Mark Teixeira - 1B Magglio Ordonez - DH
Alex Rodriguez - DH Miguel Cabrera - 1B
Robinson Cano - 2B Brennan Boesch - RF
Jorge Posada - C Brandon Inge - 3B
Nick Swisher - RF Ramon Santiago - 2B
Randy Winn - LF Gerald Laird - C
Ramiro Pena - 3B Adam Everett - SS