Series: Game 1 of 3

Baltimore leads 1-0 (as of 4/21)

Game 1: Friday, April 21
NY Yankees5
Game 2: Saturday, April 22
NY Yankees6
Game 3: Sunday, April 23
NY Yankees7

Orioles 6

(11-7, 4-1 away)

Yankees 5

(7-8, 3-1 home)

    7:05 PM ET, April 21, 2006

    Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York 

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    BAL 003003000 6 10 1
    NYY 100210010 5 12 0

    W: K. Benson (2-2)

    L: C. Wang (1-1)

    S: C. Ray (6)

    Yankees return to New York to face Benson, Orioles

    Baltimore (10-7) at NY Yankees (7-7) 7:05 pm EDT

    BRONX, New York (Ticker) - The New York Yankees certainly will be glad to return to the "Big Apple" on Friday. Kris Benson might not feel the same way.

    The Yankees kick off a nine-game homestand Friday when they face Benson and the Baltimore Orioles in the opener of a three-game set.

    New York has played 11 of its first 14 games on the road this season with mixed results. The team is coming off a five-game road trip in which it managed only a win apiece against Minnesota and Toronto.

    The Yankees will try to get back on track as they face Benson (1-2, 3.32 ERA), who will be making his first visit to New York since being traded from the Mets to the Orioles in the offseason.

    Benson pitched 1 1/2 seasons for the Mets before inconsistent performance, coupled with the distractions caused by actress-wife Anna Benson, forced his trade to Baltimore.

    The veteran righthander is coming off his worst start with the Orioles on Sunday, when he surrendered season highs of four runs and nine hits in five innings of a 9-3 loss to Anaheim.

    The Yankees will counter with Chien-Ming Wang (1-0, 4.08), who notched his first win of the campaign Sunday, allowing two runs - on earned - in seven innings of a 9-3 victory against Minnesota.

    The Taiwanese righthander will be challenged by an Orioles team that has won eight of its last 11 games, scoring a total of 27 runs in posting victories over Cleveland on Wednesday and Thursday.

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    Gameday Matchup

     BaltimoreNew York
    Current StreakL1L2
    Last 104-65-5

    Pitching Matchup

    BaltimoreNew York
    K. Benson
    11-12, 4.82 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/27 at NYY
    2.2 IP, 8 ER
    Dec = Loss
    C. Wang
    19-6, 3.63 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/27 at NYY
    6.0 IP, 4 ER
    Dec = Win

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.BaltimoreNew York
    1. B. Roberts, 2B J. Damon, CF
    2. N. Markakis, RF D. Jeter, SS
    3. M. Mora, 3B G. Sheffield, RF
    4. M. Tejada, SS A. Rodriguez, 3B
    5. J. Gibbons, RF J. Giambi, DH
    6. R. Hernandez, C H. Matsui, LF
    7. J. Lopez, DH J. Posada, C
    8. K. Millar, 1B R. Cano, 2B
    9. C. Patterson, CF A. Phillips, 1B