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Game 1 matchup

Yankees' Andy Pettitte (0-0, 5.68 ERA) vs. O's Scott Erickson (0-0, 4.05 ERA)

What Pettitte throws: He has three tough fastballs; most prominent is his cutter, which breaks like a slider. He can also change speeds and has a tough curveball.

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Pettitte of late: Excluding an end-of-season tuneup, he's lasted at least six innings in his last 10 starts, and pitched into the eighth inning or later in four of those starts. He hasn't yielded more than four earned runs since early August.

Something to look for: Pettitte is prone to giving up a big inning now and then, but if he can limit the damage, as he did against the Texas Rangers in the Division Series, he'll be tough to beat.

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Orioles vs. Pettitte (career stats):

..................... Avg. ..... AB ... H ... HR ... RBI

B. J. Surhoff ....... .533 ..... 15 ... 8 ... 0 .... 3

Eddie Murray ........ .438 ..... 16 ... 7 ... 0 .... 5

Bobby Bonilla ....... .438 ..... 16 ... 7 ... 1 .... 4

Manny Alexander ..... .333 ..... 3 .... 1 ... 0 .... 0

Brady Anderson ...... .333 ..... 15 ... 5 ... 0 .... 0

Cal Ripken .......... .267 ..... 15 ... 4 ... 0 .... 0

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Roberto Alomar ...... .250 ..... 8 .... 2 ... 0 .... 0

Rafael Palmeiro ..... .250 ..... 20 ... 5 ... 1 .... 4

Chris Hoiles ........ .200 ..... 10 ... 2 ... 1 .... 1

Mike Devereaux ...... .100 ..... 10 ... 1 ... 0 .... 1

Mark Parent ......... .000 ..... 2 .... 0 ... 0 .... 0

Bill Ripken ......... .000 ..... 5 .... 0 ... 0 .... 0

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Todd Zeile .......... .000 ..... 4 .... 0 ... 0 .... 1

What Erickson throws: He's a sinkerball pitcher in the purest sense. He also mixes in some fastballs, but everything is down, down, down.

Erickson of late: He has been terrific in the last month of the season, going 4-1 with a 3.42 ERA since he began working with personal catcher Mark Parent, including a playoff start.

Something to look for: He isn't always confident in his stuff, especially early in the game, but Erickson traditionally gets stronger as the game progresses. If the Yankees are pounding everything into the infield, then Erickson is on.

Yankees vs. Erickson (career stats):

........................ Avg. ... AB ... H .... HR ... RBI

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Mike Aldrete ........... .370 ... 27 ... 10 ... 0 .... 3

Wade Boggs ............. .349 ... 43 ... 15 ... 0 .... 4

Mariano Duncan ......... .222 ... 9 .... 2 .... 0 .... 0

Tony Fernandez ......... .278 ... 18 ... 5 .... 0 .... 1

Cecil Fielder .......... .217 ... 46 ... 10 ... 0 .... 7

Joe Girardi ............ .250 ... 4 .... 1 .... 0 .... 2

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Charlie Hayes .......... .286 ... 7 .... 2 .... 0 .... 0

Derek Jeter ............ .222 ... 9 .... 2 .... 0 .... 0

Pat Kelly .............. .300 ... 20 ... 6 .... 0 .... 2

Jim Leyritz ............ .000 ... 3 .... 0 .... 0 .... 0

Tino Martinez .......... .290 ... 31 ... 9 .... 1 .... 8

Paul O'Neill ........... .435 ... 23 ... 10 ... 0 .... 1

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Tim Raines ............. .300 ... 40 ... 12 ... 0 .... 5

Luis Sojo .............. .188 ... 16 ... 3 .... 0 .... 0

Darryl Strawberry ...... .500 ... 4 .... 2 .... 0 .... 0

Bernie Williams ........ .320 ... 25 ... 8 .... 0 .... 1

Pub Date: 10/08/96


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