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Game 22 of 162: Toronto at New York (A)

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Josh Towers (0-4, 8.35 ERA) vs. Randy Johnson (3-2, 3.73 ERA)

The last time Johnson pitched against Toronto he got hammered for 7 runs over 3 1/3 IP. It would be wishful thinking to think that would happen again but it is likely Johnson will have vengeance in mind. I would say look for a strong outing from Johnson today, who is looking to redeem himself against Toronto.

Toronto will counter with Josh Towers, who has struggled in 4 starts thus far this season. A main reason for the ineffectiveness is that his command has not been there thus far; he has already issued 8 walks this year in 18 1/3 innings, in comparison to only 29 walks in 208 2/3 innings last year. Towers relies on his pinpoint control to be successful; he must hit his spots today or else the powerful Yankee lineup will make him pay.


Today's lineup for Toronto

Johnson
Rios
Wells
Glaus
Molina
Hillenbrand
Zaun
Hill
McDonald

John Gibbons is employing an all righthanded batting order against the Big Unit today. The most unique aspect of today's lineup is that both of Toronto's catcher will be starting today, Molina as DH, and Zaun at Catcher. In the unfortunate circumstance that Zaun has to be replaced, it will be interesting to see who will play catcher. As far as I understand, the DH cannot move onto the field during a game.

Today's lineup for New York

Damon
Jeter
Sheffield
Rodriguez
Giambi
Matsui
Posada
Cano
Williams