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Game 2 matchup

Orioles' David Wells (11-14, 5.14 ERA) vs. Yankees' David Cone (7-2, 2.88 ERA)

What Wells throws: Fastball, several different speeds on his breaking balls and his changeup. He'll try to spot his fastball on the corners of the plate, jamming right-handed hitters, and then try to fool them with his breaking ball.

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Wells of late: Wells pitched well twice in the Cleveland series, beating the Indians in Game 1 and throwing seven good innings in Game 4. He finished the regular season in a deep slump, allowing 21 earned runs in his last three starts, including eight homers. He has a 9-1 record at Yankee Stadium with a 2.85 ERA; the Yankees have hit .218 against him in New York, and Wells will have the late-afternoon shadows working in his favor.

Something to look for: Wells must get the strike calls on the corners of the plate to be effective. If he doesn't get the call, he'll have to throw the ball over the middle, and he does not have overpowering stuff.

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Yankees vs. Wells (career stats):

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

Mariano Duncan ..... .455 ... 11 ... 5 ... 0 .... 1

Cecil Fielder ...... .381 ... 21 ... 8 ... 4 ... 10

Joe Girardi ........ .364 ... 11 ... 4 ... 0 .... 2

Derek Jeter ........ .333 ... 15 ... 5 ... 0 .... 0

Pat Kelly .......... .333 ... 18 ... 6 ... 0 .... 1

Tim Raines ......... .250 ... 16 ... 4 ... 0 .... 1

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Bernie Williams .... .227 ... 44 .. 10 ... 2 .... 4

Wade Boggs ......... .206 ... 34 ... 7 ... 2 .... 5

Tino Martinez ...... .200 ... 20 ... 4 ... 0 .... 1

Charlie Hayes ...... .167 .... 6 ... 1 ... 0 .... 1

Jim Leyritz ........ .143 ... 28 ... 4 ... 1 .... 1

Luis Sojo .......... .133 ... 15 ... 2 ... 0 .... 3

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Paul O'Neill ....... .071 ... 14 ... 1 ... 0 .... 0

Darryl Strawberry .. .000 .... 3 ... 0 ... 0 .... 0

Mike Aldrete ....... .000 .... 2 ... 0 ... 0 .... 0

What Cone throws: Fastball, and like Wells, he throws a number of different breaking balls -- usually at the same speeds, but from different angles. Cone does not throw a changeup, an advantage for the Orioles.

Cone of late: Cone started and lost the first game of the Division Series last week. He pitched seven no-hit innings against Oakland when he returned after four months on the disabled list, but he's been erratic since then. "Remember he hasn't pitched as many innings as the other starting pitchers," said manager Joe Torre, "and it's still a matter of finding that groove and being able to stay in it."

Something to look for: Cone needs good velocity and good command to be effective. If he doesn't have it, he and the Yankees are in serious trouble.

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Orioles vs. Cone (career stats):

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

Brady Anderson ... .350 ... 20 ... 7 ... 1 .... 3

Eddie Murray ..... .326 ... 43 .. 14 ... 3 .... 7

Chris Hoiles ..... .300 ... 10 ... 3 ... 1 .... 2

Todd Zeile ....... .270 ... 27 .. 10 ... 1 .... 5

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Rafael Palmeiro .. .258 ... 31 ... 8 ... 2 .... 6

Bobby Bonilla .... .244 ... 41 .. 10 ... 2 .... 6

Pete Incaviglia .. .200 .... 5 ... 1 ... 0 .... 0

Roberto Alomar ... .170 ... 47 ... 8 ... 1 .... 1

B.J. Surhoff ..... .167 ... 18 ... 3 ... 0 .... 0

Mark Parent ...... .100 ... 10 ... 1 ... 0 .... 0

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Cal Ripken ....... .095 ... 21 ... 2 ... 0 .... 2

Mike Devereaux ... .091 ... 11 ... 1 ... 0 .... 0

Pub Date: 10/10/96


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