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Game 103 Preview: Orioles at Yankees

After an ugly 2-9 loss at the hands of Felix Hernandez and the Mariners on Wednesday afternoon, A.J. Burnett will take the hill for the Yankees with hopes of ending his current skid. In his last three starts, Burnett has tossed 16 2/3 innings to the tune of a 4.86 ERA and a 19:12 K/BB ratio. He has not completed the sixth inning in any of those three starts.

Opposing Burnett will be Jeremy Guthrie, who is also looking to rid himself of a forgettable July. Guthrie is 1-5 with a 5.50 ERA this month, but has been the victim of terrible run support. For his career, Guthris is 3-9 with a 5.46 ERA against the Yankees.

Guthrie throws six pitches, but three of those are variations of his fastball. He throws a four-seamer, a two-seamer, and a cutter, all in the low to mid 90s range. Guthrie also features a slider around 83 mph, a changeup also around 83, and a curveball that sits in the low to mid 70s.


Current Series

4 game series vs Orioles @ Yankee Stadium

Baltimore Orioles
@ New York Yankees

Friday, Jul 29, 2011, 7:05 PM EDT
Yankee Stadium

Jeremy Guthrie vs A.J. Burnett

Partly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing out to left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 85.

 

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Follow the jump for lineups and matchups.

Yankees Lineup:

GGBG, Jeter, Grandy, Tex, Cano, Swish, Chavez, Posada, Martin.

Orioles Lineup:

Hardy, Markakis, Jones, Guerrero, Lee, Reynolds, Wieters, Reimold, Andino. 

Of the current Orioles who have at least nine plate appearances against Burnett, only Nolan Reimold, J.J. Hardy, Robert Andino, and Felix Pie have shown success against him. Vlad, Markakis, Derrek Lee, Adam Jones, and Matt Wieters have all been held in check by Burnett. Mark Reynolds has hardly faced Burnett, with just one at bat against him in the last five years.

Of the current Yankees who have at least nine plate appearances against Guthrie, only Cano, Swish, Granderson, and Gardy have shown success against the right-hander. Guthrie has kept Jeter and Tex in check, while Posada and Chavez have shown some success against him. Russell Martin is just 0-1 against Guthrie.

Also of note, Rafael Soriano has rejoined the Yankees, with Steve Garrison heading to Trenton.

For more on tonight's game, check out MLB.com's preview, Baseball-Reference's preview, and Yahoo!'s preview. 

Look for the game thread at 6:45.