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Sunday Night Confession: Yanks-O’s Gamer III

The Yankees were tied for first place on May 26th. Since then, they have scored 100 runs over the 32 games in that frame. Their opponents have scored 143 runs. The results tally that the Yankees have gone 12-19 over that span, and show no signs that they are going to snap their trend, dropping their last four games, and their run production since dropping out of first place is four-tenths of a run lower than ANY team on the season. I confess that I am just about to lose faith. Not because of the offense, which was anemic since April, but because it now appears that the starting pitching, which is where I was hanging my hat, has for the most part fallen of the table as well.

What may stem this tide is the Yankees’ best starting pitcher (and it’s not even close), Hiroki Kuroda, who is on the mound tonight at Camden. He threw 99 pitches in the Yankees’ last win, giving up three runs – two earned – on five hits and a walk. He also struck out six. He is charged with getting the Yankees out of Baltimore with a win, and he may just have to do it all on his own. Chris Tillman is on the bump for the Birds; he’s been somewhere between good and awesome all season, and the O’s haven’t lost with him on the mound since mid May.

It’s the ESPN game tonight. Lineups follow, comment away.

NY Yankees
B. Gardner cf .290
I. Suzuki rf .274
R. Cano 2b .284
T. Hafner dh .221
Z. Almonte lf .310
L. Overbay 1b .239
J. Nix ss .240
C. Stewart c .257
D. Adams 3b .190
H. Kuroda 2.77
N. McLouth lf .283
M. Machado 3b .316
N. Markakis rf .286
A. Jones cf .295
C. Davis 1b .333
M. Wieters c .231
J.J. Hardy ss .265
R. Flaherty 2b .215
B. Roberts dh .417
C. Tillman 3.72

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