Derek Jeter SS
Bobby Abreu RF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Jorge Posada DH
Richie Sexson 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Melky Cabrera CF
Jose Molina C
Brett Gardner LF
Mike Mussina RHP
Greg Smith (5-7, 3.43) has never faced any of the New York hitters.
Notes: Thanks to Kevin Devaney for calling in the lineup. … Not exactly a fearsome 5 through 9 for the Yankees, is it? … The Yankees are 2-1 against Oakland this season. … Oakland, despite selling off most of its usable parts, is six games out of first in the AL West and has a better record (51-44) than the Yankees. … The Moose is 17-10, 3.82 against the Athletics in his career. He is seeking career win No. 262.
ROSTER MOVE: LHP Billy Traber was optioned back to AAA Scranton. To make room for Sexson on the 40-man roster, RHP Phil Hughes was placed on the 60-day disabled list. That is retroactive to when he first went on, by the way.
NUMEROLOGY: Richie Sexson will wear No. 39. Putting him in such fine company as Chris Britton, Craig Wilson and Shawn Chacon.
Back later with updates.
UPDATE, 5:42 p.m.: Johnny Damon is back with the Yankees and will workout with them during the homestand. He hopes to take BP in a few days. No firm date on his return. Chien-Ming Wang is in the house, too.
UPDATE, 7:31 p.m.: Welcome to the Yankees, Richie Sexson. He just had a two-out RBI single, which is fairly unusual for the pinstripes. Brian Cashman, genius.
UPDATE, 7:36 p.m.: Forget a lefty reliever, the Yankees need a new third base coach. Now that he’s not around, you appreciate how good Larry Bowa was making those decisions.
UPDATE, 8:15 p.m.: Hey, look, Robinson Cano showed up. The Yankees very badly need him to hit the rest of the way if they are to have any shot of making the playoffs. He’s off to a great start tonight, going 2 for 2 with a three-run homer.
UPDATE, 8:37 p.m.: Meacham caught a break there. Jeter was out by five feet if Suzuki catches the ball cleanly. Why send him with A-Rod coming up? This is something they need to address.
Meanwhile the Yankees are a stunning 4 for 6 with RISP.
UPDATE, 8:52 p.m.: Hideki Matsui was examined today and no decision was made, at least none that they told the media. He’s going to rest for two more days and be examined again on Monday. The Yankees will see if Matsui can come back before giving into surgery. The surgery is such that he can have it in September or October and be fine for spring training.
UPDATE, 9:02 p.m.: The Moose has somehow allowed nine hits and only one run over five innings. Not walking anybody is how you do that.
UPDATE, 9:16 p.m.: If you’re a believer in good omens, tonight is one. They’re hitting for power, hitting in the clutch, playing good defense and getting good pitching.
UPDATE, 9:41 p.m.: Two big-time innings there by Dave Robertson and Edwar Ramirez. Amazing how the bullpen has flourished since Joba became a starter.