Series: Game 1 of 3

NY Yankees leads 1-0 (as of 6/26)

Game 1: Monday, June 26
NY Yankees5
Game 2: Tuesday, June 27
NY Yankees2
Game 3: Wednesday, June 28
in 12
NY Yankees4

Braves 2

(32-45, 18-25 away)

Yankees 5

(43-31, 23-15 home)

    7:05 PM ET, June 26, 2006

    Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York 

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    W: R. Johnson (9-6)

    L: T. Hudson (6-7)

    S: M. Rivera (17)

    LHP Johnson faces Braves for first time since perfect game

    Atlanta (32-44) at NY Yankees (42-31) 7:05 pm EDT

    BRONX, New York (Ticker) -- Randy Johnson's last appearance against the Atlanta Braves was a memorable one. The New York Yankees are waiting for Johnson to give them a memorable performance.

    Johnson will face the Braves for the first time since pitching a perfect game against them over two years ago. In recording the 15th regular-season perfect game in modern history on May 18, 2004, Johnson became the oldest pitcher to perform the feat at 40 years, 251 days. He struck out 13 batters in that game, including Chipper Jones three times, as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

    There has not been a no-hitter in the major leagues since.

    Prior to the perfect game, Johnson (8-6, 5.21 ERA) had gone 3-5 with a 5.80 ERA in nine starts against Atlanta. His overall 5.03 ERA vs. the Braves is his highest against any opponent.

    In his most recent start on June 19, the 42-year-old Johnson allowed three runs and five hits in seven innings of a 4-2 loss to Philadelphia. He then began serving a five-game suspension for throwing at Cleveland's Eduardo Perez the previous week.

    The Yankees split a day-night doubleheader on Sunday, winning the first game, 2-1, on a home run by Johnny Damon in the seventh inning and losing the nightcap, 5-0.

    New York next will face Tim Hudson (6-6, 4.05), who has posted a 7.83 ERA in losing his last four starts against teams from the American League East Division. In Wednesday's 6-3 loss to Toronto, Hudson allowed five runs, seven hits and five walks.

    Hudson has not faced the Yankees since April 27, 2004, when he gave up four runs and five hits in seven innings of an eventual 10-8 setback for Oakland. In nine lifetime starts vs. New York, Hudson has gone 1-2 with a 3.38 ERA.

    Atlanta posted a 4-1 victory at Tampa Bay on Sunday, winning its first series since a three-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs from May 26-28.

    With a 4-19 record in June, the Braves are one loss away from reaching 20 defeats in a month for the first time since the franchise moved to Atlanta prior to the 1966 season.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Gameday Matchup

     AtlantaNew York
    Current StreakW1L2
    Last 105-55-5

    Pitching Matchup

    AtlantaNew York
    T. Hudson
    13-12, 4.86 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/27 at ATL
    6.0 IP, 1 ER
    Dec = Win
    R. Johnson
    17-11, 5.00 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/23 at TB
    6.0 IP, 5 ER
    Dec = Loss

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.AtlantaNew York
    1. M. Giles, 2B J. Damon, CF
    2. E. Renteria, SS M. Cairo, 2B
    3. C. Jones, DH D. Jeter, SS
    4. A. Jones, CF J. Giambi, DH
    5. J. Francoeur, RF A. Rodriguez, 3B
    6. M. Diaz, LF J. Posada, C
    7. W. Betemit, 3B A. Phillips, 1B
    8. A. LaRoche, 1B B. Crosby, RF
    9. T. Pratt, C M. Cabrera, LF