New York (16-18) at Seattle (16-15)

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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Sat May 12, 2007
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Matt DeSalvo pitched well enough to win his major league debut, but had little to show for it.

The New York Yankees hope the rookie right-hander can give them another strong effort when he makes his first road start Saturday night against the Seattle Mariners.

DeSalvo (0-0, 1.29 ERA) will look to help the Yankees (16-18) avoid a third straight loss and bounce back after being blanked 3-0 by Jarrod Washburn in Friday’s series opener to start a nine-game road trip.

On Monday against the Mariners at Yankee Stadium, DeSalvo allowed one run and three hits in seven innings. Seattle, though, scored runs in the eighth and ninth to beat the Yankees 3-2.

“It’s a shame he didn’t get a win.” New York bench coach Don Mattingly told the Yankees’ official Web site. “Hopefully it’s a confidence-builder and a building block, and he’ll continue to pitch well.

DeSalvo, Phillip Hughes and Darrell Rasner appear to be the likely candidates to maintain the fifth spot in New York’s patchwork rotation that has been wracked by injuries and ineffectiveness. Hughes currently is on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, and Rasner allowed three runs in five innings—including a two-run homer by Kenji Johjima on Friday.

“It’s all about getting that opportunity, and when you get that opportunity, what you do with it,” DeSalvo said.

New York, which split a four-game series with Seattle last weekend, has dropped two straight after a 7-2 surge.

Johjima, Ichiro Suzuki and Richie Sexson each had two hits for the Mariners and J.J. Putz recorded his eighth save in as many chances Friday for Seattle (16-15). Johjima is hitting .353 (6-for-17) with four RBIs in his last four games.

Jorge Posada had two hits in the loss, and extended his hitting streak to seven games in which he is 12-for-25 and raised his average to .358. He is 5-for-11 lifetime against Miguel Batista, who will start Saturday’s game.

The right-hander, who started opposite DeSalvo, allowed two runs and nine hits in 6 1-3 innings, but did not earn a decision Batista is 2-2 with a 4.33 ERA in 17 games - five starts - against the Yankees.

New York, which has scored two runs in its last two games, could have Jason Giambi back Saturday after missing three games because of spur near his heel. Giambi is hitting .299, but is 0-for-10 in his last three contests.

“He was better but he just didn’t seem comfortable,” Yankees manager Joe Torre said of Giambi, who was scratched from Friday’s lineup.

Friday was Seattle’s AL-leading fourth shutout win and came one night after starter Jeff Weaver was roughed up in the Mariners’ 7-3 loss to the Tigers. Weaver, the Mariners’ top free-agent signing in the off season but has a 14.32 ERA in six starts, was placed on the disabled list Friday with shoulder tendinitis.

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Starting Pitchers

M. DeSalvo Mia vs. M. Batista Col
1-3 Record 16-11
6.18 ERA 4.29
10 K 133
18 BB 85
1.88 WHIP 1.52


Saturday, May 12