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Pettitte vs. Talbot

The Yankees go for three out of four against Cleveland in an afternoon game at Yankee Stadium.

Homer prone at home Andy Pettitte (6-1, 2.62 ERA) starts against the surprise ace of the Indians’ staff, rookie Mitch Talbot (6-3, 3.73), who has won a third of Cleveland’s games.

Talbot was originally drafted by the Astros in 2002. He never made it out of the minors and in 2006, during the All-Star break, was traded to Tampa Bay. Talbot’s Major League debut was not memorable. On Sept. 15, 2008, he gave up four runs in three innings of relief against the Red Sox. His first ML start wasn’t much better as he allowed three runs in less than five innings.

He spent 2009 in the minors. Last winter, he was traded to he Indians as a player to be named later in the Kelly Shoppach deal. Baseball America’s scouting report on Talbot indicates a ``fastball in the 89-91 MPH range with good movement. A hard slider with impressive late cutting action and a changeup that continues to show better fade and depth.''

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