The Athletics will be starting 22-year-old Vin Mazzaro tonight. He was pitching for Rutherford High in New Jersey four years ago and grew up a Yankees fan.
The right-hander from Hackensack was taken in the third round of the 2005 draft after going 7-1 with an 0.27 ERA as a senior. He was in AAA by 2008 and made his major league debut on June 2, pitching 6.1 shutout innings against the White Sox.
Mazzaro is 0-5, 6.48 in his last five starts, however.
“I’m sure I’ll have a few butterflies, with the family there,” Mazzaro told the San Francisco Chronicle. “Pitching in Yankee Stadium is going to be awesome, special.”
Oakland also has OF Rajai Davis, the pride of New London, Conn. He’ll have a bunch of people at the Stadium, too.