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Mussina returns to rotation as Yanks continue playoff push

Sep 12, 2007 - 2:08 PM NY Yankees (82-62) at Toronto (72-72) 7:07 pm EDT

TORONTO (Ticker) - The New York Yankees are likely headed to the playoffs. The question is, is Mike Mussina?

Mussina makes his first start since being demoted to the bullpen on Wednesday, and will try to extend the Yankees' winning streak to seven games against the Toronto Blue Jays in the middle game of a three-game series.

New York, which is a season-high 20 games over .500 following six straight wins, leads the Detroit Tigers (79-67) by four games in the wild card race. It also trails the Boston Red Sox (88-58) by five games in the American League East.

Mussina (8-10, 5.51 ERA) was sent to the bullpen for the first time in his career following a poor stretch in which he went 2-3 with a 8.87 ERA in five starts in August.

The veteran righthander made the first relief appearance of his 17-year career on September 3 in place of an injured Roger Clemens. Mussina allowed two runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings of a 7-1 loss to the Seattle Mariners.

Mussina last started on August 27 and was rocked for six runs and nine hits in three innings of a 16-0 loss to the Detroit Tigers.

Now he gets to show he should be part of the Yankees' playoff rotation. Mussina will be making his first start against the Blue Jays this season, going 21-11 with a 3.38 ERA in 39 career outings.

Dustin McGowan (10-8, 3.90) gets the ball for Toronto, which has lost four straight contests.

McGowan is looking for his third straight win, striking out 12 in eight innings of a 7-2 win over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Friday. The righthander, who is 2-0 against the Yankees this season, has allowed three runs and 10 hits over his last 16 innings.








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    NY YANKEES 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 1
    TORONTO 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 7 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: NYY - MIKE MUSSINA, EDWAR RAMIREZ (6TH), JOBA CHAMBERLAIN (7TH),
    MARIANO RIVERA (8TH) AND JORGE POSADA
    TOR - DUSTIN MCGOWAN, SCOTT DOWNS (6TH), JASON FRASOR
    (7TH),

    Sep 12 10:25 PM


  • AL
    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY ALEX RODRIGUEZ ALLOWED RUSS ADAMS TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A HILL ON FIRST, M STAIRS ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 4
    TORONTO 1 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: L OVERBAY (.241, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Yankees vs. Blue JaysSep 12 10:02 PM


  • AL
    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ROBINSON CANO SCORED HIDEKI MATSUI AND JORGE
    POSADA.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, R CANO ON FIRST, J GIAMBI ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY YANKEES 4
    TORONTO 0 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: M CABRERA (.290, 0-FOR-1)

    Yankees vs. Blue JaysSep 12 8:21 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    NY YANKEES 2 2 1 0
    TORONTO 0 0 0 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: NYY - MIKE MUSSINA
    TOR - DUSTIN MCGOWAN

    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: V WELLS (.249, 16 HR, 79 RBI)
    R ADAMS (.294, 0 HR, 1 RBI)
    A RIOS (.304, 23 HR, 77 RBI)

    Yankees vs. Blue JaysSep 12 7:21 PM