Scouting report: O's vs. Yankees


At Yankee Stadium, New York

Day Time TV Starters

Tonight 7:05 54, 66 Pat Hentgen (4-6, 4.42)

vs. David Wells (12-3, 3.91)

Tomorrow 4:05 13, 66 Rodrigo Lopez (5-8, 5.75)

vs. Mike Mussina (14-6, 3.02)

Sunday 1:05 54, 66 Eric DuBose (1-3, 3.30)

vs. Jose Contreras (3-1, 4.62)

Monday 7:05 CSN Damian Moss (1-1, 3.70)

vs. Andy Pettitte (15-7, 4.12)

Radio: All games on WBAL (1090 AM)

Yankees update

How hot is this club? The Yankees have won seven in a row to hold the second-best record in the majors. They're actually better on the road (42-23) than at home (36-24), though this probably doesn't bring the Orioles much comfort. The Yankees swept them in a four-game series at Camden Yards last week, and the teams split two games in the Bronx June 30- July 1. The bullpen still is cause for concern, however. Mariano Rivera had another shaky outing Wednesday in an 8-7 win over Kansas City, giving up four straight hits in a four-run ninth. Jack Cust and Luis Matos homered off him last week. Rivera has blown four of 11 save chances this month. Contreras, sidelined since early June by a strained right shoulder, replaces Jeff Weaver in the rotation. Weaver either will go to the bullpen or the minors until rosters expand in September. Contreras struck out 15 in seven scoreless innings Saturday for Single-A Staten Island.

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