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Matt DeSalvo (1–0, 1.98 ERA) vs. Jon Garland (2–2, 3.44 ERA)

Less than 20 minutes 'til the first pitch, so this is going to be short and sweet.

The Yanks look to take the series today, and I like their chances. Jon Garland is a hitable pitcher, Abreu showed signs of breaking out last night, Melky is tearing the cover off the ball, and even A-Rod is swinging it with vigor. Matt DeSalvo has been spectacular in his first two major league starts, and I think he keeps it going today.

Quick question: When did “Jon” become the popular way to spell “John?”

In a nutshell: The Yanks put together timely hitting with great pitching in the nightcap yesterday, let’s see if they can keep it up.

Keys to the game: The Yanks head to Shea tomorrow for what was once the intense Subway series. Now, who really cares? Then they play the Red Sox at home. It would be nice to go into this tough stretch with a little bit of momentum. DeSalvo needs to go deep in the game, so the pen can be well-rested for the two potent offenses the Yanks will face in the next six days.

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by Brian on May 17 2007