By escaping the chilly weather of New York City, the Yankees' starting staff has been buoyed, with Carl Pavano firing a quality start against the Twins on Monday and Andy Pettitte following with a second on Tuesday.
Now, it's the 38-year-old Mussina's turn to try his hand at the Metrodome, a facility in which he's had a good amount of past success. Mussina is 10-5 with a 3.48 ERA in 15 career starts at Minnesota.
The Twins will counter with right-hander Ramon Ortiz, who picked up a victory in his first start of the season for Minnesota. Ortiz faced the Yankees once last season as a member of the Washington Nationals and was hit hard in the June 17 start, surrendering seven runs (six earned) and 11 hits in a 4 1/3-inning no-decision.
NYY: RHP Mike Mussina (0-1, 13.50 ERA)
Mussina showed rust in his first start of 2007, giving up eight hits and six earned runs as the Orioles knocked him out of the game after four innings. In 28 career starts vs. the Twins, Mussina holds a 20-5 record with a 3.17 ERA, holding Minnesota batters to a .246 average.
Ortiz allowed two runs over seven innings in his first start of the year against Baltimore. Against the Yankees, he holds a career 3-1 record with a 4.73 ERA. Player to watch
Jason Tyner has had a bit of success against Mussina in his career. The Minnesota outfielder has eight hits in 26 at-bats (.308) against the veteran right-hander, including a double and four RBIs. On the Internet
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Friday: Yankees (LHP Kei Igawa, 0-0, 12.60) at Athletics (RHP Dan Haren, 0-2, 0.69), 10:05 p.m. ET
Saturday: Yankees (RHP Carl Pavano, 1-0, 4.76) at Athletics (RHP Joe Blanton, 1-0, 3.97), 9:05 p.m. ET
Sunday: Yankees (LHP Andy Pettitte, 0-0, 3.60) at Athletics (RHP Rich Harden, 1-1, 1.38), 4:05 p.m. ET
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less