Pitching: LHP CC Sabathia (13-7, 3.64).
Pitching: RHP Vin Mazzaro (4-8, 5.54).
TIME/TV: 10:05 p.m., YES.
STATE OF THE ‘STRIPES: The Yankees have lost the last two games of their road trip. They start the day seven games ahead of Boston in the AL East.
BUMP IN THE ROAD: The Yankees have scored three runs on 13 hits in their last 18 innings.
THREE’S NOT A CHARM: The Yankees lost three straight in Chicago July 30-Aug. 1. They also lost three straight in Anaheim July 10-12.
LOCAL HERO: Sabathia is from Vallejo, Calif., about 25 minutes up Route 80. But the Coliseum has not been kind to him. Sabathia is 1-4 with a 7.12 ERA in eight career starts at the Coliseum — 0-4 with an 8.54 ERA in his last five. The left-hander had one of the worst performances of his career in Oakland on July 25, 2005 when he lasted only 2.1 innings in a 13-4 loss, giving up eight runs on eight hits. Sabathia hasn’t won in Oakland since July 30, 2003.
DON’T BLAME HIM: Derek Jeter is 9 for 20 on the road trip with five RBI. His batting average has climbed from .317 to .327.
HIS KIND OF TOWN: Jeter has hits 81 of 226 (.358) in Oakland.
SWISHER SAFELY: Nick Swisher has reached base safely in his last 26 games. He once reached base safely in 36 straight for Oakland in 2006.
PRETEND NOBODY IS ON: Robinson Cano is hitting .365 when there are no runners in scoring position (123 of 337). He is at .203 when there are runners in scoring position (28 of 138).
VINNY FROM JERSEY: Mazzaro, the pride of the Garden State, faced the Yankees in the Bronx on July 23 and gave up six run on eight hits in 4.1 innings.
ON THE iPOD RIGHT NOW: A Boy Named Sue By Johnny Cash from the The Best of the Johnny Cash TV Show CD. Great CD.
“I grew up quick, I grew up mean, my fists got hard and my wits got keen.” The Man in Black, none better.
Back with more later.
UPDATE, 7:35 p.m.: Matsui is back and says he feels better. … Brett Gardner saw the doctor today and was told he needs to keep the split on his thumb on for another week. So his return is delayed. … Sergio Mitre will work out of the bullpen until he starts again later this month. … Girardi claimed their was a possibility Damaso Marte will be activated on Friday. That would certainly be a surprise. … Girardi, who is buddies with Mike Singletary, went to see the 49ers-Raiders scrimmage this morning. The manager was a QB and SS in high school.
UPDATE, 9:21 p.m.: Here is Joe Girardi’s pre-game press conference. At least some of it:
UPDATE, 10:06 p.m.: We are underway in Oakland and Jeter singles. Now there’s something you don’t see every day. Well, wait, you actually do.
Enjoy the game.
UPDATE, 10:12 p.m.: A-Rod gets drilled on the same elbow he did last Wednesday. Those dastardly A’s.
UPDATE, 10:24 p.m.: Well, now. CC did exactly the right thing and threw behind Suzuki waist level to protect A-Rod. Then Suzuki did the right thing and drilled the next pitch into the seats.
The teams have been warned and it’s 1-0 Oakland.
UPDATE, 10:39 p.m.: Oakland 3B Adam Kennedy gives the run right back with an error. Now it’s 1-1 and the Yankees have two runners on. I don’t think we’re getting another 2:15 game tonight.
UPDATE, 10:47 p.m.: CC has given up two hit and they were both rockets. 2-1 A’s.
UPDATE, 10:57 p.m.: All tied up. Then Cano pops up with a runner on second. What a stunner. He’s 28 of 139 with RISP, a robust .201.
UPDATE, 10:59 p.m.: My God is Posada slow. Nonetheless, it’s 2-2. Let’s see if CC can avoid another bomb into the LF seats.
UPDATE, 11:13 p.m.: Jeter is 11 of 23 on the road trip and 9 of 12. His WAR, VORP, UZR and OPS+ are going through the roof. MVP! MVP! MVP!
UPDATE, 11:28 p.m.: CC pitches out of a jam. Still 2-2.
UPDATE, 11:39 p.m.: Mazzaro has put 10 runners on base in five innings but it’s 2-2. Yankees are 1 for 6 with RISP.
UPDATE, 11:47 p.m.: Swish has now reached safely in 27 straight games. Meanwhile Wilson Betemit just drove through a Taco Bell in Charlotte with a AAA teammate and two not-so-hot community college girls who work as ushers at the park.
UPDATE, 11:51 p.m.: Smooooth, Melk. Real smooth.
UPDATE, 11:51 p.m.: OK, enough messing around. 1-3rd, one out, Jeter up.
UPDATE, 11:52 p.m.: Goes the other way for an RBI single. MVP, MVP, MVP!
UPDATE, 11:56 p.m.: Nice work by Jay Marshall. 1-3, double, HBP. single, double. Yankees now lead 4-2 and threatening for more.
UPDATE, 12:04 a.m.: And the game is out of hand, 7-2 Yankees as A-Rod (walk), Matsui (single) and Posada (sac fly) drive in runs. Now Cano gets to make another out with RISP.
UPDATE, 12:07 a.m.: Way to go, Cano. He’s a staggering 28 of 140 with RISP. A perfect .200.
UPDATE, 12:13 a.m.: Long inning by the Yankees a problem for CC? Not so much. He has been terrific 6 4 2 2 1 6.
UPDATE, 12:17 a.m.: Starting a new post.