BRONX, New York (Ticker) -- The New York Yankees look to
continue their offensive onslaught against the New York Mets on
Saturday afternoon in the middle game of the "Subway Series".
At Shea Stadium, the Yankees scored just six runs in losing two
of three games two weeks ago, but in Friday's 11-5 win, they
matched that total through three innings against Mets starter
Jorge Posada homered from both sides of the plate for the fourth
time in his career and drove in five runs, while former Met
Robin Ventura came up with the bases loaded three times and
drove in four runs.
Friday's win moved the Yankees one game ahead of the Boston Red
Sox for the lead in the American League East.
The Yankees, who are 17-11 all time against the Mets, start Ted
Lilly (3-5, 2.97 ERA), who looks to follow up the best start of
his young career. He fired a three-hitter with two walks and a
career-high 11 strikeouts in Saturday's 1-0 victory over the San
The lefthander has faced the Mets twice, with his only start
against them coming on June 17, 2001 at Shea Stadium. He allowed
two runs and one hit in 5 1/3 innings, struck out seven and
walked eight and left with a 5-1 lead in a game the Yankees
eventually lost 8-7.
Al Leiter (7-6, 3.07) faces the Yankees for the first time this
season. A New Jersey native, Leiter was selected by the Yankees
in the second round of the 1984 draft and spent parts of three
seasons with them.
He is 4-7 with one save and a 3.36 ERA in 16 career appearances
against the Yankees. The lefthander started at Yankee Stadium
last July 6 and lost, allowing seven runs and eight hits in five
Since joining the Mets in 1998, Leiter is 3-4 with a 4.18 ERA in
seven starts against the Yankees.
Leiter did not receive a decision in his last start, when he
gave up two runs and four hits in six innings of Monday's 3-2
loss to the Atlanta Braves.