Sidney Ponson, RH Jaret Wright, RH (0-0, NA) (0-0, NA) 2B B Roberts SS D Jeter 3B M Mora 3B A Rodriguez SS M Tejada RF G Sheffield RF S Sosa LF H Matsui DH R Palmeiro DH J Giambi C J Lopez CF B Williams 1B J Gibbons 1B T Martinez LF L Bigbie C J Flaherty CF L Matos 2B T Womack
Ponson started six games against the Yankees last year, going 2-4 with a 4.46 ERA, but he was very effective against them down the stretch and ate them alive in two starts, as I recall. He was 2-1 with a 3.04 ERA at Yankee Stadium in 2004.
For his career, Ponson is 5-12 in 25 games (24 starts) with a 4.58 ERA against New York, and 3-3 with a 4.50 ERA in 12 games (11 starts) at Yankee Stadium. No, I don't really have a point.
In heavier news, going by official listed weights, there will be 483 pounds of humanity making its mark on the mound when these two are in the game together tonight; Ponson at 253, Wright at 230. This is Wright's Yankee debut, so let's make it a bad one.
New York has been manhandling the Orioles for years now. I think almost as much as anything, part of the expectations for this year's team is that we don't roll over like dogs in the sun for the Yankees.
Game time is 7:05, and you can see it on CSN and YES.