Pitching: RHP AJ Burnett (10-5, 3.71).
Pitching: RHP Brett Tomko (1-2, 5.23).
TIME/TV: 10:05 p.m. YES.
STATE OF THE ‘STRIPES: The Yankees had their five-game win streak snapped yesterday. They have won 12 of their last 14.
STRAIGHT A’S: The Yankees are 5-1 against Oakland this season and 10-2 over the last two seasons.
CANO STREAKS ON: Robbie Cano has hit safely in 14 straight games at 25 of 58. He has nine extra-base hits in the streak. His average has gone from .305 to .321.
BURNETT BURNING: A.J. Burnett is 6-2, 2.50 in his last 11 starts. He is 2-2, 4.14 in six career starts against Oakland.
WILD THING: Burnett has thrown 17 wild pitches. The team record is 23 by Tim Leary in 1990.
RELIEVERS ON A ROLL: Brian Bruney has thrown five scoreless innings in his last four appearances and Dave Robertson six scoreless innings in his last seven games.
AUGUST AND EVERYTHING AFTER: The Yankees are 12-3 this month.
THE DISH ON SWISH: Former Athletic Nick Swisher has 20 homers. Seventeen have come on the road and 13 have come against right-handers. So Brett Tomko is in trouble.
FOLLOW THE LEADER: Derek Jeter is 8 of 16 on the trip with five RBI and three extra-base hits. He is up to .323.
GRAND OLD TIME: Jerry Hairston Jr.’s next game will be the 1,000th of his career.
OUT OF THE CIRCLE OF TRUST? Alfredo Aceves’ last nine appearances: 15.2 15 12 12 4 11 and two home runs.
ON THE iPOD RIGHT NOW: Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl) by Looking Glass. No, not my proudest admission.
Back with more later.
UPDATE ON DRAFT SIGNINGS: 6:28 p.m.: The Yankees have agreed to terms with 16th round pick Bryan Mitchell ($800,000) according to Baseball America. I’ve also been told they have come to an agreement with 21st round pick Joe Talerico of New Jersey.
UPDATE, 7:32 p.m.: Matsui is out for today and questionable for tomorrow. … Chad Gaudin remains in the rotation for Wednesday. … Birthday boy Jorge Posada reported that Derek Jeter picked up lunch and their Starbucks order.
UPDATE, 10:07 p.m.: We are underway in Oakland. 57 degrees, not a cloud in the sky. Thanks for staying up and enjoy the game.
UPDATE, 10:33 p.m.: A.J. has the curve biting tonight. Unless he loses his command — which is always a possibility with him — the Oakland hitters could be in for a long night.
UPDATE, 10:41 p.m.: Great catch by Johnny. Haven’t written that too often.
UPDATE, 10:48 p.m.: Damon has hit two balls off Tomko that would have been homers at the Stadium. Easy.
UPDATE, 10:50 p.m.: Loaded up for Alex, who crushes Tomko, 4-0 soon?
UPDATE, 10:50 p.m.: Or the 1-2-3 DP. How bad is that?
UPDATE, 11:01 p.m.: I want to be careful how I word this because its important to be accurate in my line of work. So here goes:
It’s an absolute disgrace the Yankees have not scored off Brett Tomko in four innings. A travesty.
UPDATE, 11:13 p.m.: 2-0 Oakland as A.J. is falling apart. Three hits and a balk so far this inning.
UPDATE, 11:14 p.m.: Make that 3-0 as Ellis doubles.
Oakland has a lineup featuring Scott Hairston at cleanup and Brett Tomko on the mound and it’s 3-0 in the fourth inning. Brutal.
UPDATE, 11:21 p.m.: That rest really seems to have helped Melky. Two weak outs, now 6 for 50.
UPDATE, 11:27 p.m.: Brett Tomko takes the shutout into the sixth inning. 5 5 0 0 1 1. The Yankees should be ashamed of themselves.
UPDATE, 11:33 p.m.: What a break for the Yankees, Brett Tomko is out. He was at 78 pitches.
UPDATE, 11:59 a.m.: Need to write my newspaper story. Enjoy the rest of this thrilling game. What a disaster.