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Yanks ask Clemens to halt skid

Yanks ask Clemens to halt skid

The Yankees would like to present Roger Clemens with his 350th career victory. However, ending a three-game losing streak is more important to the slumping Yanks.

New York is 1-6 on a nine-game road trip and another one-run loss Tuesday night dropped the Yankees to 4-13 in games decided by a run.

Clemens is bidding to become the first Major League pitcher to corral his 350th career victory since Milwaukee Brave Warren Spahn in 1963. The Rocket has struck out at least one batter in 200 straight starts. That's the third-longest streak in the Majors, following Pedro Martinez (293) and Javier Vazquez (237).

The right-hander is 6-6 with a 4.21 ERA in 17 lifetime starts at Camden Yards. The Yankees have dropped three of four games this season to the Orioles.

Pitching matchup
NYY: RHP Roger Clemens (1-2, 5.09 ERA)
In his career against Baltimore, the right-hander is 22-12 in 49 starts with a 3.44 ERA. He hasn't pitched at Camden Yards since picking up the win in a 6-3 victory for the Yankees on Sept. 16, 2003.

BAL: LHP Erik Bedard (5-4, 3.60 ERA)
With seven no-decisions in 16 starts, Bedard has been a hard-luck pitcher this season. The left-hander has been durable, going seven or more innings in nine of his past 10 starts, and Bedard's 121 strikeouts lead the Major Leagues.

Player to watch
Alex Rodriguez has 22 hits in his last 44 at-bats (.500) and has not committed an error in 23 consecutive games.

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

On television
• YES

On radio
• WCBS, 92.7 WQBU (Español)

Up next
• Thursday: Yankees (Chien-Ming Wang, 7-4, 3.51) at Orioles (Daniel Cabrera, 6-8, 4.98), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Friday: Yankees (Mike Mussina, 3-5, 4.98) vs. Athletics (Joe Kennedy, 2-5, 3.98), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Saturday: Yankees (Kei Igawa, 2-1, 7.13) vs. Athletics (Chad Gaudin, 6-3, 3.14), 1:05 p.m. ET

Pete Kerzel is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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