A Look at the New York Yankees' Next Opponent: The Pittsburgh Pirates

Ben SandbergCorrespondent IJune 24, 2008

Coming into today, the Yankees (41-35) are a mere 4.5 GB of the 2007 World Series champions, the Boston Red Sox. Prior to losing two of three to the Reds, the Yankees swept both the Astros and the Padres—teams that are in disarray.

Tonight marks the Yankees' first trip back to Pittsburgh since Game Seven of the 1960 World Series, where Bill Mazeroski hit a walk-off home run to win it for the Pirates.

Darrell Rasner (4-4) will attempt to end the Pirates hopes, pitching against Tom Gorzelanny (5-6).

Last Wednesday, Rasner pitched a decent game. He limited the Padres to two runs and three hits during five innings of work. Although he pitched a perfect first two innings, he pitched a long third inning, but managed to give up only two runs.

On the other hand, Gorzelanny pitched a shaky game his last time on the hill. All four runs he allowed were attributed to the three home runs he gave up.

However, this game could be a sign of hope for the young lefty. He was able to keep his pitches down with notable consistency, and he bounced back to get outs a number of times after falling behind in the count.