Pitching: RHP Chad Gaudin (1-0, 5.13).
Pitching: LHP Brett Anderson (7-8, 4.55).
TIME/TV: 10:05 p.m.. YES.
STATE OF THE ‘STRIPES: The Yankees face Oakland in the rubber game of the three-game series. They are 4-2 on a road trip that has four games left. The Yankees have won six of eight.
GAUDIN’S TURN: Chad Gaudin gets a start tonight as the Yankees stretch out their rotation. He last started Aug. 5 when he was in San Diego. He was 4-10 with a 5.23 ERA in 19 starts for the Padres. Over 103.1 innings, Gaudin allowed 104 hits and struck out 102.
Gaudin has appeared in two games for the Yankees out of the bullpen. He threw 30 pitches against Seattle on Sunday. Joe Girardi said Gaudin should be able to go 85-90 pitches tonight.
BACK AGAIN: Gaudin was with Oakland from 2006-08. He was 20-18 with a 4.00 ERA. Gaudin is 12-9 with a 3.71 ERA in 58 career games at the Oakland Coliseum, 20 of them starts.
ANDERSON INFO: Anderson, a 21-year-old rookie, is 4-1 with a 3.12 ERA in his last nine starts. He has faced the Yankees twice, going 12 innings and allowing nine runs on 18 hits and three walks. He last faced the Yankees on July 24 at the Stadium, giving up four runs on 6.2 innings.
LEFTY LUMBER: Derek Jeter is 57 of 133 (.429) against left-handed pitchers this season with 12 extra-base hits.
POWER OUTAGE: The Yankees gave not homered in the last two games. Shocking, I know.
DAMON DYNAMITE: Nine of Johnny Damon’s last 11 hits have been for extra bases.
ALL ABOUT ALEX: The Yankees are 62-30 since Alex Rodriguez came off the disabled list.
HOT RELIEVERS: Brian Bruney has thrown five scoreless innings in his last four appearances, Dave Robertson has seven scoreless innings in his last eight.
SLIGHT SLUMP: Mark Teixeira is 3 of his last 18 in his last five games with one RBI.
TEX’S GOOD COMPANY: Teixeira, Albert Pujols and Adam Dunn are the only players with at least 30 home runs in each of the last six seasons.
NO ANSWER FOR HIM: Oakland catcher Kurt Suzuki owns the Yankees. He has hit .407 (22 of 54) against them in his career with 11 RBI. This season, he is 13 of 29 (.448) with five extra-base hits and nine RBI.
ON THE iPOD RIGHT NOW: Gimme Some Lovin’ by The Spencer Davis Group. Steve Winwood was only 18 when he wrote and sang lead on that song.
Back with more later on.
UPDATE, 8:19 p.m.: Here’s the latest on Joba:
He threw an extended bullpen today and will throw in the ‘pen on Friday and Sunday before starting Tuesday. Joba has been told he’ll get six more starts this season. He did not reveal those days, but some obviously will be on extra rest as there are 41 games left in the season after tonight.
“We sat down and figured out a plan that works for both of us as far as keeping it as regular as possible. It gives my arm the rest that this whole thing is for, so it all worked out great,” he said. “Mentally, for me to know that this is the plan for the rest of the year, it’s definitely calming.”
Joba has thrown 126.2 innings this season. Six more starts will add 36 innings or so, so the innings cap is around 165 innings. That’s pretty much I reported it would be in March.
UPDATE, 8:36 p.m.: A few e-mailers asked why Posada wasn’t playing. Well …
• He has caught three days in a row and four of the last five.
• He’s a 38-year-old catcher.
• The team has tomorrow off, so he can get two days off in a row.
• There’s a big series coming up.
• He had major shoulder surgery a year ago.
• The Yankees are up by seven games.
• Jose Molina is a really nice guy.
That about covers it. I really thought that at 75-45, folks would be done with complaining about the lineup. I guess not.
UPDATE, 9:39 p.m.: Scoring change from last night. Swisher gets a hit in the fourth inning on the ball that Nomar Garciaparra had to dive for. So Swish was 2 for 5.
UPDATE, 10:08 p.m.: We’re underway and Derek Jeter gets another single. He’s 10 of his last 14.
A little chilly in Oakland but clear. Enjoy the game.
UPDATE, 10:22 p.m.: Gaudin is going to reach his pitch count in a hurry if this keeps up. You get the feeling were going to see plenty of Sergio Mitre and Alfredo Aceves tonight.
UPDATE, 10:31 p.m.: Good job by Gaudin to squirm out of trouble. … Meanwhile. Mr. Matsui seems to have a spring in his step. He drilled that ball to center.
UPDATE, 11:00 p.m.: That’s 31 homers and 89 RBI for Tex. Yankees 3-0 and Gaudin looks surprisingly good.
Every day they can work through one of these games with the fifth or sixth starter is a big plus.
UPDATE, 11:24 p.m.: Nice catch by Davis, the pride of New London, Conn., to save a run.
Yankees 3-0 here in the fifth.
UPDATE, 11:35 p.m.: Cano’s error might have cost Gaudin a win. But he did his job. Now Aceves will try and work out of this mess. Bases loaded, one out.
UPDATE, 11:38 p.m.: The Ace gets the inning-ending 1-2-3 DP.
Gaudin’s odd line: 4.1 1 0 0 5 5.
UPDATE, 11:56 p.m.: This game is flying along. Not that I’m complaining.
UPDATE, 12:06 a.m.: This game is screaming for Coke and Hughes.
UPDATE, 12:08 a.m.: Aceves is not what he once was. His numbers since the spot start in July have been awful. His shoulder is not right, I suspect.
UPDATE, 12:24 a.m.: Hey, it’s Phil Hughes. We know he’s well-rested.
UPDATE, 12:28 a.m.: Strikes, young Hughes, strikes.
UPDATE, 12:31 a.m.: Hmm, this isn’t good. First and second, nobody out. Hughes need a DP and a strikeout. It’s all him at this point.
UPDATE, 12:34 a.m.: DP and a pop-up. I was close. Huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuughes.
UPDATE, 12:40 a.m.: Back later with clubhouse reaction.