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Clemens to join 700-appearance club

Clemens to join 700-appearance club

After winning the first two games of their four-game series with the Blue Jays, the Yankees are looking to seal the deal Wednesday night.

Roger Clemens will make the 700th appearance of his career, becoming the 18th active pitcher in the Major Leagues with 700 or more career outings.

In his last start, Clemens wasn't at his best as he recorded the loss -- his first in three starts -- at Tampa Bay on Friday. Clemens allowed five runs off five hits and lasted just 5 1/3 innings. He'll look to return to true Rocket form Wednesday against the Jays, after striking out just two and walking four against the Rays.

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Toronto will counter with Shaun Marcum, who will make his 13th start this season. In his last outing, the right-hander recorded the victory against the Red Sox on Friday, allowing five runs -- two of them unearned -- off seven hits. Marcum walked just one and struck out six on the night, as the Blue Jays won, 6-5.

Pitching matchup
NYY: RHP Roger Clemens (2-4, 4.20 ERA)
Clemens is 23-12 for his career against Toronto, with his 23 victories topping Major League Baseball's all-time list for wins facing the Blue Jays. While pitching with the Yankees, Clemens holds a .800 winning percentage against them, the best all-time winning percentage for a New York pitcher with 10 or more career starts against Toronto. Wednesday will mark Clemens' 48th start against the Canadian ballclub, and his 12th while with New York.

TOR: RHP Shaun Marcum (5-3, 3.68 ERA)
Marcum is 1-1 with a 5.47 ERA in his seven career appearances -- five of them starts -- against the Yankees. The right-hander has done well on the road this year, as he's earned four of his five wins away from Rogers Centre. Marcum is 4-1 in with a 3.00 ERA on the road.

Player to watch
Vernon Wells holds a .308 average in 13 career at-bats against Clemens.

Tickets
 Buy tickets now to catch the game in person.

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

On television
• YES

On radio
• WCBS, 92.7 WQBU (Español)

Up next
• Thursday: Jays (Dustin McGowan, 5-5, 5.05)Yankees (Chien-Ming Wang, 10-4, 3.43), 1:05 p.m. ET
• Friday: Rays (Edwin Jackson, 1-9, 7.14) at Yankees (Mike Mussina, 4-6, 4.61), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Saturday: Rays (James Shields, 8-5, 3.91) at Yankees (Matt DeSalvo, 1-3, 5.87), 1:05 p.m. ET

Lauren Kobylarz 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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