For the only time this season, Andy Pettitte will pitch amid his fellow Texans who speak in those soft twangs.
The Yankees will face the Rangers in back-to-back games after breaking loose of some frustration with Tuesday night's 10-1 win. The outburst could be a momentum shift for the Yankees, who entered the series having lost eight of their last nine games.
Pettitte left Houston and his home state to sign a one-year contract with the Yankees this past offseason. He brings a 1-1 record and 3.00 ERA to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington and owns an 8-7 lifetime record against the Rangers. The left-hander is coming off of a loss against the Red Sox in which he pitched just 4 2/3 innings.
Texas counters with Kevin Millwood in the first game and Robinson Tejeda will square off with Mike Mussina in the second game. Millwood is 2-3 this season with a 5.88 ERA.Game 1 pitching matchup
NYY: LHP Andy Pettitte (1-1. 3.00 ERA)
Pettitte has made two relief appearances this year because the Yankees' bullpen has been worn out. Overall, he has 10 jogs in from the bullpen in the middle of a game. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the two first-inning runs Pettitte gave up in his start against the Athletics on April 15 snapped a streak of 15 consecutive starts without allowing a first-inning run. TEX: RHP: Kevin Millwood (2-3, 5.88 ERA)
Millwood is 0-2 with an 8.10 ERA in his last three starts. His last letdown came against the Blue Jays in the sixth inning, when he gave up four runs and couldn't pitch out of the inning. Left-handers have had their way with him this season, batting .346 against him. On the flip side, right-handers hit him at a .284 clip. Game 1 player to watch
Mark Teixeira has given Pettitte some grief in 14 career at-bats against the left-hander. The Rangers first baseman has seven hits and a pair of doubles against Pettitte for a crisp .500 average. Game 2 pitching matchup
NYY: RHP Mike Mussina (0-1, 9.00 ERA)
Mussina goes for the Yankees in his first start back from a left hamstring injury. The strain was termed mild and he pitched under simulated conditions last week in New York. In three starts against Texas in 2006, Mussina went 2-0 with a 3.15 ERA. TEX: RHP Robinson Tejeda (3-1, 3.82 ERA)
Tejeda is 1-1 with a 4.42 ERA in his starts at home this season. He's had his way with right-handed hitters thus far, holding them to a .174 batting average. Left-handers, on the flip side, have ripped Tejeda, hitting .322 off him. In his only start against the Yankees last year, he allowed six runs in three innings. Game 2 player to watch
While he hasn't hit Mussina hard, Michael Young has hit the right-hander consistently. In 31 at-bats against Mussina, Young has nine hits for a .290 average. On the Internet
Official game notes On television
YES, FSN (first game), my27 (second game) On radio
WCBS-AM 880 AM, WQBU-FM 92.7 FM (Espanol) Up next
Friday: Seattle (Cha Seung Baek, 0-0, 4.22) at New York (Kei Igawa, 2-1, 6.08), 7:05 p.m. ET
Saturday: Seattle (Jeff Weaver, 0-4, 18.26) at New York (Chien-Ming Wang, 0-2, 5.84), 3:55 p.m. ET
Sunday: Seattle (Jarrod Washburn, 2-2, 2.88) at New York (TBA), 1:05 p.m. ET
Caleb Breakey is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.