Yankees have history of hitting Mazzaro

Hackensack, New Jersey native Vin Mazzaro makes his Royals debut tonight, but this isn't the most ideal spot for him.

In three starts against the Yankees as a member of the Athletics, his team lost 6-3, 7-2, and 9-3.

Mazzaro's ERA against the Yankees is a rather grim 9.69. Among active pitchers with at least three starts against the Yankees, Mazzaro's ERA ranks the worst.

Much of that damage came in two games-- one in which he allowed six runs, one in which he allowed nine. In the other, on August 18, 2009, Mazzaro allowed only two runs in five innings, but still took the loss.

What do the Yankees do best against Mazzaro? They make him work. In 13 innings against the Yankees, he's thrown 308 pitches, an average of 23.7 per.

Mark Teixeira and Jorge Posada each are 4-for-8 against Mazzaro, combining for 10 RBI among them.

Mazzaro replaced now-disabled Bruce Chen, whose history against the Yankees wasn't much better. His career mark against them, 1-5 with a 6.71 ERA.