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Sports by the Numbers NYY Stat of the Week

607 The best winning percentage (.607) in the A.L. belongs to the team leading the East - no surprise there - but at 34-22, the Rays need one more win to get half their 2004 total when they won a franchise best 70 games. Yes, Yankee fans - the calendar now says June, and your club is 5.5 games back of a team that has never won more than 70 games in a season.

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3 Joe Girardi has finally decided to give Joba Chamberlain the ball to start a game, thanks to some vocal prodding from Hank Steinbrenner. Joba has tossed five-plus innings of scoreless relief in his last (3) appearances as he prepares for his first start of the season this Tuesday. In his last three stints, Joba has given up only three hits, while striking out eight batters - and when asked about his first start, he said, "You're still going to see the same person - I feel great."

Joba

8 Mike Mussina leads the team with (8) victories on the mound - having won seven of his last eight starts. He has also given up two earned runs or fewer in five of those seven wins.

249 The NYY offense has scored (249) runs - only the sixth highest total out of 14 teams in the league - but the pitching staff has given up 252 runs, the ninth highest total in the league. Not good, Joe - not good, at all.

411 Andy Pettitte now leads the team with a (4.11) ERA - about all we can say is, that's not good either, Joe, not if your team leader is statistically no different than the league average.

Pettitte

486 Bobby Abreu is hitting .298 with seven homeruns - good for a (.486) slugging percentage - and he is the team leader with 36 RBI through two full months of the season. Abreu got the game-winning hit for the Yankees on Saturday as the club won in extra-innings at Minnesota. It was the third straight win for New York, and the eighth win in ten games - so maybe things are looking up for the Bronx Bombers.

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