Derek Jeter SS
Nick Johnson DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Nick Swisher RF
Curtis Granderson CF
Brett Gardner LF
RHP Javier Vazquez (0-2, 9.82)
Career vs. Athletics
Rajai Davis CF
Daric Barton 1B
Ryan Sweeney RF
Kevin Kouzmanoff 3B
Kurt Suzuki C
Eric Chavez DH
Mark Ellis 2B
Travis Buck LF
Cliff Pennington SS
LHP Gio Gonzalez (1-0, 3.38)
Career vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 10:05 p.m./YES Network
UMPIRES: HP Ed Rapuano, 1B Tom Hallion, 2B Ron Kulpa, 3B Lance Barksdale
WEATHER: A few clouds in the distance. According to the forecast there’s a 40 percent chance of rain, but I’d be surprised to see it start raining at this point. Temperatures in the low 50s.
Not to get into too much Inside Baseball Writing, but West Coast night games are brutal. Far too much newspaper stuff to write in far too little time. The blog had to move to the back burner for a while, and that’s why there were no pregame notes. Instead, I’ll include them here in the game post.
PARK ON THE MEND: Girardi wasn’t positive of Chan Ho Park’s schedule, but he said he expected Park to play catch at some point today. Obviously Derek Jeter is back in the lineup, so that situation seems to cleared up.
GARDNER IN THE LINEUP: Brett Gardner has faced A’s starter Gio Gonzalez quite a bit in his career, including several times in the minor leagues, but Girardi said he wasn’t aware of Gardner’s minor league success against Gonzalez. Instead, Gardner is in the lineup because of his success this weekend and because left-handed hitters have traditionally had success against Gonzalez.
RING CEREMONY: Before the game — around 5:30 local time — the Yankees called Chad Gaudin and Edwar Ramirez to the first base sideline, where the Yankees were stretching. In a rush, the Yankees surrounded their former teammates and presented both of them with their World Series rings. There was a lot of yelling, and a lot of Yankees taking off their hats to smack around the now-Oakland pitchers. Pretty cool stuff. Gaudin and Ramirez didn’t know what was happening until the rings were given.
SWISHER SLUMPING: Nick Swisher is hitless in his past 16 at-bats, and he went 1-for-19 during the previous home stand, but the Yankees are sticking with him in right field and have actually been more happy than disappointed with his performance. “I bet in the last four games, Swish has hit 10 line drives,” Girardi said. “And he has nothing to show for it.”
UPDATE, 10:07 p.m.: Thanks to everyone who’s sticking with us through the night game. Here’s a pre-game AP shot of Gaudin and Ramirez getting their rings.
UPDATE, 10:17 p.m.: Mark Teixeira with a base hit. It’s amazing that it’s become legitimate news when Teixeira gets a hit. I’m sure he’ll finish the year with his usual numbers, but right now the Yankees are just waiting for him to snap out of this funk.
UPDATE, 10:23 p.m.: Here’s the Girardi pregame audio.
UPDATE, 10:26 p.m.: That was ruled a hit for Posada. I’ll be surprised if that isn’t reversed at some point.
UPDATE, 10:46 p.m.: Vazquez stranded a runner in the first inning, but now he has the lead-off man on base here in the second. At least the Yankees have given him a 3-0 lead.
UPDATE, 10:58 p.m.: Nothing like a line drive back at your face to get you out of a jam.
UPDATE, 11:39 p.m.: I wonder if getting out of that second-inning jam could have turned some things around for Vazquez. He’s thrown two scoreless since then and it’s still a 3-0 Yankees lead in the fifth.
UPDATE, 11:40 p.m.: Random side note, A’s catcher Kurt Suzuki is great friends with Yankees minor league catcher P.J. Pilittere.
UPDATE, 11:43 p.m.: Rodriguez crushed that ball. Estimated distance, 7,000 feet. That’s according to the writer sitting next to me.
UPDATE, 11:52 p.m.: There’s a run for the A’s on Travis Buck’s first homer of the year. It’s now 6-1.
UPDATE, 12:01 a.m.: That’s the first time Vazquez has allowed just one run in an inning this year. Good job finally limiting the damage.
UPDATE, 12:11 a.m.: Vazquez is back out there for the sixth with Boone Logan getting loose in the bullpen.
UPDATE, 12:16 a.m.: Not sure what took so long for Ed Rapuado to decide he was OK to stay behind the plate, but what matters more is the bloop single that just fell in the middle of Jeter, Cano and Granderson.
UPDATE, 12:18 a.m.: And there’s a two-run homer that will chase Vazquez from the game. Here comes Logan. For Vazquez, 107 pitches, 72 strikes. He went 5.1 innings, allowing three runs.
UPDATE, 12:22 a.m.: When it’s past midnight on the East Coast, all you’re hoping for is a delay so the umpires can put someone new behind the plate. Looks like Rapuano is really hurting after that foul tip earlier this inning. He just walked off the field. Now all of the Yankees are also off the field. I’m sure this is exactly how Logan imagined his first Yankees appearance would go.
UPDATE, 12:32 a.m.: Second base ump Ron Kulpa is moving behind the plate. They’ll finish this game with just three umpires.
UPDATE, 12:40 a.m.: Hey look, it’s Edwar!
UPDATE, 12:52 a.m.: The Yankees loaded the bases with one out against their old teammate, but settled for just one run. It’s now 7-3.
UPDATE, 1:14 a.m.: Great job by Joba to strand the bases loaded. And not a bad debut for Boone Logan. Things got a little dicey with the infield single and two-out walk, but he was good up to that point.
UPDATE, 1:17 a.m.: In case you’re wondering, it definitely feels more like 1:17 a.m. than 10:17 p.m.
UPDATE, 1:23 a.m.: Not sure what YES has, but the TV station out here had Joba at 96 mph on that last fastball.