Nick Blackburn, RHP (7-5, 3.65)
Twins (53-42)
Sidney Ponson, RHP (5-1, 3.96)
Yankees (50-45)

Scouting Report:
Twins: A stellar first half has Blackburn being mentioned as a potential Rookie of the Year candidate. The sinkerball pitcher has started to become more consistent, delivering quality starts in five of his last six outings. He's started to eliminate his problems with the big inning and could be a big factor for the Twins in the second half. He'll make his second start against the Yankees. In the first, he left having pitched just 4 1/3 innings after he was struck in the face by a Bobby Abreu line drive.

Yankees: Ponson, who signed with New York on June 18, will be making just his fourth start in a Yankees uniform this season. During his last outing he surrendered just one earned run over six innings while recording two strikeouts against Tampa Bay. He is 1-0 with a 4.24 ERA so far in his brief tenure in New York. Ponson possesses a 10-2 record with a 2.42 ERA in 15 career appearances against Minnesota.

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