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Yankees turn to seventh rookie

Yankees turn to seventh rookie

The Yankees will hand the ball to right-handed rookie Tyler Clippard on Sunday against the Mets in hopes of turning around a troubled season. He will be the seventh Yankees rookie to start for the team.

No Major League team in the last 50 years has used so many rookie pitchers within the first 42 games of the season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Clippard has pitched well for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, going 3-2 with a 2.72 ERA in eight starts this season. He struck out 41 while walking 17 over 39 2/3 innings.

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Meanwhile, the Mets will send John Maine to the mound. The right-hander has been dominant this season, owning a 5-1 record and a 2.15 ERA.

Pitching matchup
NYY: RHP Tyler Clippard (Major League debut)
Clippard steps onto one of the loudest stages in baseball, the Subway Series at Shea Stadium. The right-hander will be asked to calm his nerves and contain a Mets team that owns the second-most victories in the Major Leagues.

NYM: RHP John Maine (5-1, 2.15 ERA)
Maine has done just about nothing but win for the Mets this season, posting a 5-1 record in eight starts. His 2.15 ERA leads the team, and he's struck out close to one batter per inning, recording 45 strikeouts in 50 1/3 innings.

Player to watch
Carlos Beltran wears out the Yankees, batting .303 against them with seven home runs and 26 RBIs for his career. He's also stolen nine bases against the Yankees without being caught.

On the Internet
 MLB.TV
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television
• ESPN

On radio
• WCBS, 92.7 WQBU (Español)

Up next
• Monday: Red Sox (RHP Tim Wakefield, 4-4, 2.41) at Yankees (RHP Mike Mussina, 2-2, 5.64), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Tuesday: Red Sox (RHP Julian Tavarez, 2-4, 5.59) at Yankees (RHP Chien-Ming Wang, 2-3, 4.54), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Wednesday: Red Sox (RHP Curt Schilling, 4-1, 3.57) at Yankees (LHP Andy Pettitte, 2-3, 2.83), 7:05 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.

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