Derek Jeter SS
Nick Johnson DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Curtis Granderson CF
Randy Winn RF
Brett Gardner LF
RHP Phil Hughes (1-0, 3.60)
Career vs. Athletics
Cliff Pennington SS
Daric Barton 1B
Ryan Sweeney RF
Kurt Suzuki C
Eric Chavez DH
Kevin Kouzmanoff 3B
Gabe Gross CF
Adam Rosales 2B
Eric Patterson LF
RHP Ben Sheets (1-0, 2.65)
Career vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 10:05 p.m./YES Network
UMPIRES: HP Tom Hallion, 1B Ron Kulpa, 2B Lance Barksdale, 3B Mike Muchlinski
WEATHER: The forecast says a 50 percent chance of rain at game time, but there aren’t many clouds in the sky. It’s a little chilly here, temperatures in the low 50s.
BRAND NEW EXPERIENCE: The current Oakland A’s have a total of four major league at-bats against Phil Hughes. Kurt Suzuki has half of them, and he’s 0-for-2. It’s hard to imagine Hughes faced many of these guys in the minor leagues either.
ALMOST AS NEW: It’s a similar story for the Yankees and Ben Sheets. The Yankees have a total of 24 at-bats — and only three hits — against Sheets. Tonight’s right fielder, Randy Winn, has one of those hits. Mark Teixeira and Derek Jeter have the others.
PITCHING WINS: During their current five-game winning streak, the Yankees pitchers have allowed three runs or less in every game. They’ve allowed five runs or less in each of the past nine games. They are 8-0 when leading after six innings.
WALK IN THE PARK: The Yankees lead the Majors with 71 walks, they also lead with 1 walk per 7.25 plate appearances.
UPDATE, 9:44 p.m.: Travis Buck was scratched from the A’s lineup with a strained right oblique. He was replaced by Eric Patterson
UPDATE, 9:59 p.m.: A member of the Harlem Globetrotters just threw out a first pitch with his right hand while spinning a basketball with his left hand. He fired a bullet, too.
UPDATE, 10:25 p.m.: Mark Teixeira narrowly avoids being speared by a broken bat, and Robinson Cano backs him up to make the play. That obviously happens all the time.
UPDATE, 10:59 p.m.: Hughes looks terrific. I have no other analysis, he just looks really good against this lineup.
UPDATE, 11:07 p.m.: It’s really tough to keep getting through this Yankees lineup inning after inning. Back-to-back triples have rocked Ben Sheets and given the Yankees a 2-0 lead.
UPDATE, 11:18 p.m.: This is the kind of thing I saw Hughes do time and again in the minor leagues. He gets aggressive and you just feel like no one can tough him.
UPDATE, 11:22 p.m.: Why Brett Gardner is not standing on third base right now is a complete mystery to me. Granted, he can still score from second on just about any base hit, but I was surprised to see him so far off the bag on that fly ball to deep right.
UPDATE, 11:37 p.m.: For what it’s worth, Ben Sheets has looked pretty good himself. But Hughes has been absolutely dominant.
UPDATE, 11:51 p.m.: I believe they ruled that a hit for Gardner. There was no announcement in the press box, which usually means no error. It’s still 2-0 Yankees after six.
UPDATE, 12:01 a.m.: I remember one ball being hit hard against Hughes, that fourth inning fly out to center field. Otherwise, the A’s haven’t come close.
UPDATE, 12:09 a.m.: That’s how Hughes lost the no-hitter! Are you kidding me! Better than the way he lost the no-hitter in Texas, but jeez.
UPDATE, 12:12 a.m.: Hughes just got his 10th strikeout, a career high.
UPDATE, 12:19 a.m.: Very nice ovation for Hughes as he came off the field here in the eighth. He tipped his cap ever so slightly to the crowd, which was greeting him with more than a few “Huggghhesss” chants. Here’s Chamberlain with runners at first and second and one out.