Mets, Yankees both suffer through blowout losses

Updated: June 24, 2008

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Oliver Perez gave up seven hits and six runs in five innings of Tuesday's 11-0 loss to the Mariners.

ROUTED IN A NEW YORK MINUTE

The tabloids in New York had a choice Tuesday night: Which team do they pick on? Mets? Yankees? Both?

Those who thought that the Mets had fixed their woes by firing Willie Randolph might want to reconsider. The Mets got drubbed by the Mariners again Tuesday and are still frustrating fans with their inconsistent play and poor defense.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BASEBALL

Diamondbacks at Red Sox, 7:05 p.m. ET, ESPN2

The Yankees, meanwhile, got pummeled by the Pirates in their first trip back to Pittsburgh since Game 7 of the 1960 World Series. The Yankees have struggled the past few days, undone first by Cincinnati pitching and then by the Pirates' bats.

Mets under Jerry Manuel
W-L 3-4
Runs 19
Runs allowed 36
Team BA .231
Errors 7

Yankees' past four games
W-L 1-3
Runs 11
Runs allowed 23
BA .194

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FORWARD THINKING: WEDNESDAY

Randy Johnson • Diamondbacks at Red Sox, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN: Randy Johnson (4-5, 5.09 ERA) has lost his last four starts and has not won since May 18, a stretch of six starts. In his last two, he has given up 15 runs and 21 hits in 12 1/3 innings. Tim Wakefield (4-5, 4.17 ERA) has been tagged for two homers in each of his past two starts and has served up 14 already this season.

Joba Chamberlain • Yankees at Pirates, 7:05 ET: Joba Chamberlain (1-2, 2.36 ERA) has permitted two total runs in his past two starts. He has dominated right-handed hitters, who are batting just .195 against him. Zach Duke (4-4, 3.91 ERA) is having a good month. He is 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA during June, cutting his ERA nearly in half since April (5.34) and almost a run (3.68) since May.

Kyle Kendrick • Phillies at A's, 10:05 p.m. ET: Batters are having more success against Kyle Kendrick (6-3, 5.05 ERA) when he pitches on the road (.320 BA on road, .257 at home), but the other numbers end up being similiar. He has a 5.05 ERA at home and 5.06 on the road. Greg Smith (4-5, 3.51 ERA) threw at least 100 pitches in each of his first six starts but hasn't arrived at that total in any of his last four outings.

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12 a.m. ET
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Analysts: Buster Olney, Steve Phillips, Eric Young

BBTN MINUTE: JOHNSON vs. WAKEFIELD

TUESDAY'S NOTEWORTHY PERFORMANCES

GOOD
A.J. Burnett• A hard choice with so many options from Toronto's win over the Reds, so it's a tie between A.J. Burnett (8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER) and Alex Rios (4-for-6, HR).
BAD
Shawn HillShawn Hill never gave the Nationals a chance against the Angels, giving up six of the Angels' eight runs in the first inning.
UGLY
Bronson Arroyo• An easy choice: Bronson Arroyo. He allowed 11 hits and 10 runs … in the first inning. Arroyo and the Reds were pounded, 14-1, by the Blue Jays.

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FANTASY: PREVIEW OF WEDNESDAY'S GAMES

Sean Allen examines the pitching matchups in store for the 15 games on Wednesday's schedule of mostly interleague games.

Fantasy Allen also looks at injuries and details player reports that could help shape the way you put together your roster for Wednesday's games. Daily Notes

NEWS AND NOTES

J.D. Drew• It's not good to have the last name Drew in the Diamondbacks-Red Sox series. J.D. Drew and Stephen Drew are a combined 0-for-16 over the first two games of the series.

Dave BushBen Sheets retired the last 16 Atlanta batters he faced in Monday's win, and Dave Bush started Tuesday's victory by retiring the first nine hitters the Braves sent to the plate.