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Game 4 matchup

Yankees' Kenny Rogers (12-8, 4.68 ERA) vs. O's Rocky Coppinger (10-6, 5.18 ERA)

What Rogers throws: Fastball, slider and changeup. Rogers likes to run his slow stuff off the outside corner and make right-handed hitters chase balls out of the strike zone. If he has a good fastball, he'll throw inside to right-handed hitters.

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Rogers of late: Rogers pitched poorly against Texas in the Division Series, lasting only two innings. He had problems early in the year because he wouldn't throw inside enough to set up his slow stuff away, but Rogers started doing more of that toward the end of the season, including 5 2/3 shutout innings against the Orioles Sept. 19. He must pitch inside against a good offensive team like the Orioles.

Something to look for: If Rogers has trouble early, he will not last. Should the Yankees go to the bullpen early, then Brian Boehringer or David Weathers will be the first in relief.

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2& Orioles vs. Rogers (career stats):

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

Todd Zeile .............. .667 ..... 3 .... 2 ... 0 .... 0

Bill Ripken ............. .364 ..... 11 ... 4 ... 0 .... 1

Mike Devereaux .......... .351 ..... 37 ... 13 .. 1 .... 3

Rafael Palmeiro ......... .278 ..... 18 ... 5 ... 1 .... 3

Bobby Bonilla ........... .273 ..... 11 ... 3 ... 0 .... 1

Cal Ripken .............. .270 ..... 37 ... 10 .. 1 .... 5

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Roberto Alomar .......... .222 ..... 45 ... 10 .. 1 .... 3

Eddie Murray ............ .200 ..... 10 ... 2 ... 2 .... 3

B.J. Surhoff ............ .182 ..... 22 ... 4 ... 0 .... 0

Chris Hoiles ............ .167 ..... 18 ... 3 ... 2 .... 4

Brady Anderson .......... .161 ..... 31 ... 5 ... 2 .... 5

Mark Parent ............. .143 ..... 7 .... 1 ... 0 .... 0

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Pete Incaviglia ......... .000 ..... 2 .... 0 ... 0 .... 0

What Coppinger throws: Fastball, slider, changeup. Coppinger had some stiffness in his forearm in early September, but that dissipated at season's end and he threw very hard in his last two starts, with good command of his slider on the outside corner against right-handed hitters.

Coppinger of late: Nothing. Coppinger hasn't pitched in 16 days; he's very rested and, perhaps, very rusty. He'll also have to deal with jitters in this, his first postseason. "I don't know what this layoff is going to do, since I haven't thrown in like 10, 15 days," he said. "I think confidence-wise I'm coming into this on a high, I guess."

Something to look for: Early jitters. Whether Chris Hoiles is behind the plate or Mark Parent, the catcher should be visiting the mound as often as necessary to settle the rookie down.

5) Yankees vs. Coppinger (career stats):

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

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Darryl Strawberry ...... .1000 .... 1 .... 1 ... 1 .... 2

Mike Aldrete ........... .500 ..... 2 .... 1 ... 0 .... 2

Joe Girardi ............ .500 ..... 2 .... 1 ... 0 .... 0

Tino Martinez .......... .500 ..... 2 .... 1 ... 0 .... 0

Paul O'Neill ........... .500 ..... 2 .... 1 ... 0 .... 0

Wade Boggs ............. .333 ..... 3 .... 1 ... 0 .... 1

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Cecil Fielder .......... .000 ..... 2 .... 0 ... 0 .... 1

Andy Fox ............... .000 ..... 2 .... 0 ... 0 .... 0

Derek Jeter ............ .000 ..... 2 .... 0 ... 0 .... 0

Bernie Williams ........ .000 ..... 2 .... 0 ... 0 .... 0

Pub Date: 10/12/96


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