The Yankees and Tigers go at it again in the Bronx tonight. Andy Pettitte (3-2, 3.23), coming off of a rough start in Cleveland, goes up against Jeremy Bonderman (1-2, 4.28). Pettitte had strung together three good outings in a row, before he couldn't hold a 3-1 lead in a 5 inning stint against the Indians. Pettitte has to put together a 10-8, 3.49 record against the Tigers in 22 career starts.
Bonderman is having a rocky April after a very tough second half of 2007. Going into last year's All-Star break Bonderman was on fire. His 9-1 record and 3.48 ERA put him in San Francisco for his first All-Star game. But something was clearly not right in the second half. After walking just 24 batters in 106 innings, Bonderman issued the same amount of free passes in just 68.1 innings after the break.
After losing 8 of his last 10 decisions, a September MRI showed a pinched cartilage in Bonderman's right elbow, and though it didn't require surgery, his season was over. This season hasn't gone much better.
Bonderman has already walked 21 batters in 27.1 innings. He was removed in his last start with 2 outs in the 5th inning after walking in the tying run. It was his 7th walk of the game.
Tigers vs. Pettitte
Miguel Cabrera 3-9 2 HR 3 RBI
Curtis Granderson 0-7
Carlos Guillen 9-24 (.375) 3 RBI
Brandon Inge 5-14 (.357) 2 RBI
Jacques Jones 2-16 (.125) 7 K
Magglio Ordonez 12-35 (.343) 2 HR 6 RBI
Placido Polanco 2-4
Edgar Renteria 3-13 (.231)
Ivan Rodriguez 16-40 (.400) 2 HR 5 RBI
Gary Sheffield 0-3
Marcus Thames 0-3
Ramon Santiago 0-4
Yankees vs. Bonderman
Bobby Abreu 6-9 (.667) 1 HR 3 RBI
Melky Cabrera 5-13 (.385) 3 RBI
Robinson Cano 5-18 (.278)
Johnny Damon 14-32 (.438) 2 HR 6 RBI
Jason Giambi 3-15 (.200)
Derek Jeter 5-26 (.192) 2 HR 6 RBI
Hideki Matsui 10-19 (.526) 3 HR 9 RBI
Jose Molina 2-8
Tonight's lineup courtesy of Peter Abraham: