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GameThread: Orioles (57-83) @ Yankees (91-51), 1:05 PM

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1:00 games on Saturdays trip me out.

Like Chris Tillman, Brian Matusz is making his first start against the Yankees this year. Matusz has looked great of late, like the pitcher we all watched giddily in the minors. I'm really looking forward to how he does against the Yankees today. It's strange to look forward to a game against the Yankees, but I'm excited to see how Brian handles going up against such a good team in an atmosphere like Yankee Stadium.

Today will be the fourth time the Orioles have faced A.J. Burnett this year. He got the better of them in the first two starts, allowing just 2 runs each time. In his last start, however, Burnett didn't look great. He pitched into the 6th inning but gave up 6 runs on 11 hits, with HR allowed to Luke Scott and Felix Pie. The Orioles still lost that game, though, since Chris Ray made an appearance and we all know what happens when Chris Ray gets anywhere near the Yankees.

Melvin Mora and Felix Pie, both injured last night, aren't in the lineup. Pie had to leave in the middle of an at bat last night with what Gary Thorne reported as a back spasm, and Mora was HBP on his elbow.


W-L ERA WHIP K BB
2009 - Brian Matusz 4-2 5.26 1.59 35 12


W-L ERA WHIP K BB
2009 - A.J. Burnett 11-8 4.19 1.40 163 85


Lineup

Baltimore Orioles New York Yankees
Brian Roberts - 2B Derek Jeter - SS
Jeff Fiorentino - CF Jerry Hairston Jr. - LF
Nick Markakis - RF Mark Teixeira - 1B
Nolan Reimold - LF Alex Rodriguez - 3B
Luke Scott - DH Nick Swisher - RF
Matt Wieters - C Robinson Cano - 2B
Ty Wigginton - 3B Shelley Duncan - DH
Michael Aubrey - 1B Melky Cabrera - CF
Robert Andino - SS Jose Molina - C



Let's Go O's!

-Stacey