New York looks to sweep the O’s and shave their playoff magic number to five as Andy Pettitte takes the mound tonight at The Stadium. In his last start, Pettitte gave up five runs, four earned, and left with a no-decision at Fenway after which the Yankees mounted an improbable eight inning comeback to snatch a victory. Andy has given up 27 hits in his last 16.2 innings, allowing 12 runs over the span.
Oregon City native Brian Burres gets the start for the Orioles. Shout out to the 5—0—3! Lame, gerb. Anyway, Burres bested Roger Clemens on July 28th at Oriole Park where he allowed only one run on a dinger to Godzilla, giving up four hits and three walks while notching seven strikeouts.
Cleveland swept Detroit with a 4-2 win at the Jake today on the shoulders of seven full from C.C. Sabathia, who recorded his 18th win, along with Casey Blake’s second home run of the series (the other being the walk-off in the 11th of the first game). Cleveland momentarily shares the best record in the majors with Boston, pending the outcome of the action the Sox’ contest with the Jays at Rogers Centre. Tomorrow, the Yanks rest while they await the arrival of the aforementioned Jays for the final homestand of the season, before traveling to the Trop and then on to Camden Yards to finish out the reggalar.
With last night’s victory, the Yankees have won five series in a row and six of seven; on the season, they have taken 6 games out of 14 against the O’s, scoring 75 runs against while allowing 79 to Charm City’s finest. Damon and Giambi are getting the night off against the left-handed Burres.
It’s just a jump to the left. And then a step to the right. Gametime-warp in one hour. Lineups follow; comment away.