Derek Jeter SS
Nick Johnson 1B
Mark Teixeira DH
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Marcus Thames LF
Francisco Cervelli C
Brett Gardner CF
LHP CC Sabathia (2-0, 2.84)
Career vs. Athletics
Rajai Davis CF
Daric Barton 1B
Ryan Sweeney RF
Kurt Suzuki C
Jake Fox DH
Kevin Kouzmanoff 3B
Adam Rosales 2B
Matt Carson LF
Cliff Pennington SS
LHP Dallas Braden (2-0, 2.70)
Career vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 3:35 p.m./YES Network
UMPIRES: HP Ron Kulpa, 1B Mike Muchlinski, 2B Lance Barksdale, 3B Tom Hallion
WEATHER: It’s a nice, sunny day here in Oakland. Temperatures in the low to mid 60s.
THAMES vs. BRADEN: None of the current Yankees has as many at-bats against Dallas Braden as Marcus Thames. In 11 at-bats, Thames has a .364 average with an .818 slugging percentage against the Oakland starter.
GRANDERSON vs. BRADEN: On the other end of the spectrum, Curtis Granderson has a .125/.125/.250 line against Braden.
TWO AWAY: Derek Jeter has 440 career doubles. He needs two more to tie Don Mattingly for third place on the Yankees career list… Mariano Rivera has 1,012 strikeouts and needs two more to tied Roger Clemens for the 10th most in franchise history.
UPDATE, 3:51 p.m.: Rajai Davis just stole third base with about six feet to spare. Meanwhile, Sabathia’s command is spotty at best. He’s walked two of the first three batters.
UPDATE, 3:53 p.m.: Well, Sabathia threw a strike. And Kurt Suzuki hammered it for a three-run homer. It’s 3-0 A’s.
UPDATE, 4:42 p.m.: Looked like Cervelli had time to either catch the ball or make the tag. He didn’t have time for both and Fox slid home for a 4-0 Athletics lead. Not sure what’s wrong with Sabathia today, but he doesn’t look like himself out there.
UPDATE, 4:43 p.m.: Great throw by Cervelli gets Kouzmanoff too far off the bag at second, and make that run unearned for Sabathia.
UPDATE, 4:46 p.m.: That’s Marcus Thames’ first home run of the season, and his second career homer of Braden. It’s 4-1 Oakland.
UPDATE, 4:50 p.m.: Cliff Pennington has been impressive in the field this series. That was a terrific turn to get a double play on Brett Gardner. Not an easy thing to do.
UPDATE, 5:13 p.m.: Pretty sure I’d never seen a triple play in person until just now. Great play by Alex Rodriguez to start it, and Sabathia was positively pumped as he walked off the mound. All of the Yankees seemed to come out of the dugout to high five Rodriguez. That play has kept the Yankees in it, down 4-2.
UPDATE, 5:15 p.m.: That was the Yankees first triple play since June 3, 1968.
UPDATE, 5:22 p.m.: Media relations director Jason Zillo was on the phone with the White House to discuss details of Monday’s visit, and he just found out that he missed a triple play. Because I like my job, I will not publish the first word out of his mouth.
UPDATE, 5:25 p.m.: Zillo just found out the last time the Yankees turned a triple play. Then he said that word again.
UPDATE, 5:29 p.m.: Total of 6,632 games between Yankees triple plays. Crazy. But they’re still losing, 4-2.
UPDATE, 5:35 p.m.: His command has been spotty, but Sabathia’s pitch count is low enough — below 90 pitches — that the Yankees don’t even have anyone getting loose in the bullpen.