Game time: 1:05 p.m. (on YES)
Pitching: LHP CC Sabathia (1-1, 3.57).
PITCHING FOR OAKLAND: LHP Brett Anderson (0-2, 4.85). The rookie has never faced any of the New York hitters. Anderson took the loss but pitched well against the Red Sox last week, allowing two runs on five hits over seven innings. He walked two and struck out five.
Anderson, 21, is one the prospects Oakland received from Arizona for Dan Haren in 2007. He pitched in the Olympics last summer. Anderson has good command, a solid fastball and above-average breaking pitches. The Yankees always seem to have trouble with young pitchers they haven’t seen before and this guy is a good one.
RUNNING ON EMPTY: Oakland hasn’t homered in its last six games. They have three all season, the fewest in the majors.
THE RUNNING MAN: Brett Gardner is 17 for 19 on SBs in his career.
CANO STREAKS ON: Robinson Cano has hit in nine straight and 13 of the 14 games this season. Previously a .237 hitter in April, Cano is at .377 with eight games to go this month.
WE’RE TALKING OBP: Nick Swisher has reached base in 22 of his 53 plate appearances. He is, however, 3 of his last 21 and fallen down to .311.
MO’S THE MAN: Mariano Rivera has a scoreless streak of 12.2 innings dating back to last season.
A FEW RANDOM NOTES: Thanks to my colleague Ernie Palladino for calling in the lineup. … I am not covering the game today. Instead I’m getting an early start on the trip to Boston and will catch Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band there tonight. Bruce tore it up in Boston last night, doing a cover of ZZ Top’s I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide. My brother-in-law Dave was texting me all night about the show and loved it. Hopefully we’ll see a good one tonight. I’m hoping he’ll do Kingdom of Days, my favorite song off the new record. … Johnny Damon strongly recommends Boom Boom Pow by Black Eyed Peas and Handlebars by Flobots for your iPod.
Thanks for reading, enjoy the game.
UPDATE, 12:26 p.m.: Heard from some folks at the Stadium that Chien-Ming Wang threw another bullpen and it went well. But we’ve heard that before. As Dave Eiland has said several times, he needs to take it into the game.
UPDATE, 3:41 p.m.: Greetings from Exit 5B off 95 North in Rhode Island. I’m at “Rhode Island’s only 24-hour truck stop.” It’s quite a garden spot.
I’ve been listening to John and Suzyn on XM Radio (which sounds so much better than WCBS) and was struck at Joe Girardi’s use of the bullpen.
On a cold, rainy, he let CC get in trouble and give up the lead in the seventh inning despite his being well over 100 pitches. This after a 120+ pitch effort in his previous start. Sure, that says that the Yankees want to get everything they can out of CC. But it also speaks to the lack of trust Girardi has in his bullpen beyond Brian Bruney and Mariano Rivera.
Meanwhile, Jon Albaladejo and Phil Coke were up before Jose Veras and Damaso Marte. Some roles, it seems, have shifted.
It’s 7-7 in the eighth and I’m getting back on the road. Enjoy the rest of the game. Somebody is bound to hit one out sooner or later to break that tie.