Leiter makes second start for Yanks

Buster Olney takes a look at Friday's top matchups.

Originally Published: July 20, 2005
By Buster Olney | ESPN The Magazine

• 7:05 p.m. ET: Roger Clemens takes another shot at career victory No. 336, against Ryan Drese and the Nationals. This is the Reverse Lock Game of the Night, because all logic points to a Houston victory in this game.

• 7:05: The Indians keep trying to gain traction in the wild-card race, throwing Scott Elarton against the Mariners and Jamie Moyer.

• 7:05: The Guy Most Likely To Go Deep is our longshot special: Geoff Blum of the Padres, hitting against the Phillies' Vicente Padilla. Blum has three hits in eight at-bats against Padilla, including two homers.

• 8:05: The Must-Watch Game of the Night will be in Texas, where Danny Haren of the Athletics tries to slow down the Rangers, who are on a pace to shatter the single-season record for home runs.

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2005 SEASON STATISTICS
GM W L BB K ERA
19 14 4 33 137 2.34
• 8:10: The Best Pitching Matchup of the Night will be in St. Louis, where Carlos Zambrano of the Cubs faces the Cardinals' Chris Carpenter, who has lost only one decision since May 29.

• 10:05: Game 2 of the Big Series will be played in Anaheim, where Al Leiter tries to repeat his strong first start for the Yankees, throwing against the Angels. Some players can't handle New York; maybe Leiter, at age 39, needs New York, for the adrenaline and the ultra-demanding fan base.

• 10:15: Florida's Dontrelle Willis has gotten lit up in his last two starts, surrendering 16 runs in 11 innings, and he'll try to stop the bleeding in San Francisco. Brett Tomko throws for the Giants.

Buster Olney is a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine. His book, "The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty," is available in paperback and can be ordered through HarperCollins.com.

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