New York (56-48) at Cleveland (56-51)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Wed Aug 3, 2005
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Right-hander Mike Mussina will be looking for some offensive support when he takes the ball for the New York Yankees in the middle game of their series with the Cleveland Indians.

Mussina has been the Yankees’ ace of late, allowing three runs or less in five of his last six starts. However, the 36-year-old right-hander is just 2-1 over that span.

New York’s lack of offense in Mussina’s starts reared its head on Friday as he allowed just three runs over eight strong innings, but ended up on the short end of a 4-1 defeat to the Los Angeles Angels.

“That could have been as gutty a performance as we’ve seen all year from him,” Yankees manager Joe Torre said. “He dug in. We had plenty of opportunities tonight to score some runs, but we came away empty.”

The Yankees, who dropped Tuesday’s series opener to the Indians 6-5, have scored a combined six runs in Mussina’s last three starts.

Mussina had one of his finest games of the season against Cleveland on July 7 at Yankee Stadium, allowing only two runs over seven innings in a 7-2 victory.

The Indians lost three of four during that series in July, but Ronnie Belliard hit a three-run double and Victor Martinez homered for Cleveland on Tuesday.

The Yankees and Indians are three and 4 1/2 games behind Oakland, respectively, in the race for the AL wild card.

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M. Mussina NYY vs. C. Lee Phi
13-8 Record 18-5
4.41 ERA 3.79
142 K 143
47 BB 52
1.37 WHIP 1.22