The potent Yankees offense surely will present a stiff challenge to the Giants hurlers. The Bronx Bombers ranked third in the Majors with 380 runs scored entering Wednesday's games.Before Wednesday's action, Jorge Posada and Derek Jeter ranked third and fourth in the American League with batting averages of .344 and .341, respectively. Meanwhile, Alex Rodriguez had blasted his way to an MVP-caliber season with 27 home runs and 73 RBIs. "Looking at that lineup and what they bring to the table, it's going to be fun," Lowry said. "I consider it one of the ultimate challenges facing those guys, because there are no holes in that lineup, and you've got to be sure you're on top of your game. I'm looking forward to it." Zito had a simple piece of advice for his fellow starters. "You've got to be aggressive," Zito said. "Don't be intimidated. Don't try to be perfect.
"Don't pitch to a name," Zito added. "Just pitch to the hitter that's up there."Lowry said he doesn't plan to approach Sunday's start any differently from his other ones: Simply get the first out of the inning, and things can't go that badly after that, he said. Besides, pitchers always hold the advantage whenever they face batters for the first time, Lowry said. No matter how much video footage a batter watches, he still has to hit the pitch when it hurtles toward him at the plate. "Those guys don't necessarily know what you bring to the table," Lowry said. "Even if they know you've got a slider, or they know you've got some kind of breaking pitch or this and that, they still don't know exactly what it's going to do until they get in the box." Pitching matchup
SF: RHP Matt Cain (2-7, 3.15 ERA)
The luckless Cain has watched his teammates get shut out in his last two starts. Naturally, he lost both of them, despite allowing only one run in each. The Giants have scored two runs or fewer in nine of Cain's 14 starts, explaining his lopsided record. The 22-year-old remains capable of imparting late movement upon his fastball, although his control has occasionally been a problem (44 walks in 91 1/3 innings). NYY: LHP Kei Igawa (2-1, 7.63 ERA)
Igawa is back in pinstripes. The left-hander showed better command of his changeup while pitching in the Minor Leagues, enough to persuade the Yankees to give him another shot in the rotation. In four starts at Triple-A Scranton/Wilks-Barre, Igawa compiled a 2-2 record and 2.88 ERA. He struck out 27 and walked seven. Player to watch
Yankees hitters may not be too familiar with Cain and Lowry, but Bobby Abreu seems to have Morris' stuff figured out. The Yankees outfielder is hitting .348 (8-for-23) with two home runs and five RBIs against Morris. Tickets
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Saturday: Giants (Matt Morris, 7-4, 3.21) vs. Yankees (Chien-Ming Wang, 7-4, 3.33), 12:55 p.m. PT
Sunday: Giants (Noah Lowry, 6-6, 3.74) vs. Yankees (Mike Mussina, 3-4, 5.10), 1:05 p.m. PT
Monday: Giants (Tim Lincecum, 2-2, 5.88) vs. Padres (TBD), 7:15 p.m. PT
Kelvin Ang is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.