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Tuesday, June 15, 2010
1st Pitch: Pitchers on pace for history

By Jeremy Lundblad, ESPN Stats & Info

Quick Hits: With about 100 games to go on each team’s schedule, several players are on pace for history. Yesterday, we touched on hitters, and today it’s the pitchers’ turn. Today’s Trivia: Tim Lincecum and Andy Pettitte were both born on this day -- albeit 12 years apart. Who are the only two active players who have been teammates of both players?

Today’s Leaderboard: Roy Halladay and CC Sabathia square off in the Bronx tonight. Since Sabathia broke into the majors in 2001 only Halladay has more wins.

Key Matchups: Jhonny Peralta has appeared in 33 straight games for the Indians, only coming off the bench in one of those. If there was ever a night to give him a rest, it would be when Johan Santana takes the mound. Peralta has struck out in 22 of 28 at-bats against the Mets’ ace and is hitting just .107. Even more amazing? In his last 23 at-bats against Santana, Peralta has 3 hits and 20 strikeouts. Not one out has been recorded in the field.

Roy Halladay has a 2.84 career ERA against the Yankees and -- at 18-6 -- has the third best winning percentage against the Bombers among pitchers with at least 20 decisions. A big reason is his neutralization of Derek Jeter, who has more strikeouts (24) against Halladay than any other pitcher he’s faced. A lifetime .242 hitter against Halladay, Jeter has just five hits in his last 43 at-bats against him, a .116 batting average.

Trivia Answer: Randy Winn and Aubrey Huff are the only active players who have been teammates of both Lincecum and Pettitte.