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Game 3 matchup

Yankees' Jimmy Key (12-11, 4.68 ERA) vs. O's Mike Mussina (19-11, 4.81 ERA)

What Key throws: Fastball, changeup, slider. Sometimes he'll throw lots of changeups, something he'll throw few. He'll change the way he pitches from batter to batter, and from game to game. He has the best chance of any Yankees pitcher of shutting the Orioles down; he is a great off-speed pitcher, and the Orioles are terrible against slow stuff.

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Key of late: Key pitched five innings in Game 3 of the AL Division Series against Texas, allowing two runs on five hits and striking out three. Key pitched two-hit ball over eight shutout innings against Toronto on Sept. 16, then allowed 10 runs in 10 2/3 innings in his last two starts of the regular season.

Something to look for: He can be effective if he throws strikes. If he falls behind in the count and is forced to throw fastballs, he can get into deep trouble in a hurry against the Orioles' bashers. Key did not allow a homer in his last four regular-season starts.

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Orioles vs. Key (career stats):

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

Mike Devereaux .... .366 ..... 41 ... 15 ... 2 .... 7

Bill Ripken ....... .357 ..... 28 ... 10 ... 0 .... 0

Cal Ripken ........ .356 ..... 73 ... 26 ... 1 .... 6

Rafael Palmeiro ... .308 ..... 39 ... 12 ... 0 .... 4

B.J. Surhoff ...... .306 ..... 36 ... 11 ... 1 .... 3

Roberto Alomar .... .294 ..... 17 ... 5 .... 0 .... 0

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Pete Incaviglia ... .250 ..... 16 ... 4 .... 0 .... 2

Chris Hoiles ...... .217 ..... 23 ... 5 .... 0 .... 1

Eddie Murray ...... .182 ..... 33 ... 6 .... 0 .... 3

Brady Anderson .... .148 ..... 27 ... 4 .... 1 .... 3

Bobby Bonilla ..... .143 ..... 7 .... 1 .... 0 .... 0

Mark Parent ....... .000 ..... 3 .... 0 .... 0 .... 0

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What Mussina throws: Fastball, knuckle curve and a changeup. If he's throwing hard and has a good fastball, he'll throw a lot of fastballs early. If not, he'll try to mix in other stuff. The coaching staff would prefer he throw more breaking balls and changeups early in the count, setting up his fastball with his other pitches.

Mussina of late: Mussina started against Cleveland in Game 3 of the Division Series and gave up four runs in the first four innings. But he regained command in the fifth and sixth innings, and struck out three of the last five hitters he faced, before being replaced because of a mounting pitch count.

Something to look for: Johnson has gotten in the habit of pulling Mussina around 95-100 pitches. If the Yankees make him throw a lot of pitches early, Mussina will be gone by the sixth or seventh inning.

Yankees vs. Mussina (career stats):

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

Mariano Duncan ..... .500 ... 4 .... 2 ... 0 .... 0

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Luis Sojo .......... .444 ... 9 .... 4 ... 0 .... 1

Bernie Williams .... .412 ... 17 ... 7 ... 0 .... 0

Joe Girardi ........ .333 ... 3 .... 1 ... 0 .... 1

Charlie Hayes ...... .333 ... 3 .... 1 ... 1 .... 1

Paul O'Neill ....... .300 ... 20 ... 6 ... 0 .... 0

Tino Martinez ...... .296 ... 27 ... 8 ... 1 .... 3

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Derek Jeter ........ .286 ... 7 .... 2 ... 1 .... 4

Tim Raines ......... .241 ... 29 ... 7 ... 0 .... 3

Wade Boggs ......... .235 ... 34 ... 8 ... 1 .... 2

Jim Leyritz ........ .222 ... 9 .... 2 ... 0 .... 3

Mike Aldrete ....... .200 ... 25 ... 5 ... 0 .... 0

Cecil Fielder ...... .167 ... 36 ... 6 ... 1 .... 6

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Andy Fox ........... .000 ... 3 .... 0 ... 0 .... 0

Darryl Strawberry .. .000 ... 6 .... 0 ... 0 .... 0

Pub Date: 10/11/96


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