Mike Mussina is in search of his place in the rotation and looks to extend upon his recent success against Toronto where he was certainly effective, not allowing a run on five hits and three walks in 5.2 following his stretch of three starts about which he said, "are probably going to ruin my year." He faces Jon Leicester, who was promoted out of the bullpen to start against Boston September 8th. He worked five innings, allowing four runs and recorded the win. His next start was against the Halos, in which he didn’t allow a run in 5.2 innings. The Yankees have yet to face the righty, who played his first two seasons with the Cubs.
The Yankees are as close to Red Sox as they have been since getting swept at Fenway in April. Meanwhile, Detroit continues their struggle against the Tribe at the Jake. Lineups follow, comment away.