Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Francisco Cervelli C
Colin Curtis RF
RHP Javier Vazquez (6-7, 5.11)
Vazquez vs. Athletics
Coco Crisp CF
Daric Barton 1B
Ryan Sweeney RF
Kurt Suzuki C
Jack Cust DH
Kevin Kouzmanoff 3B
Gabe Gross LF
Mark Ellis 2B
Cliff Pennington SS
RHP Ben Sheets (3-7, 4.98)
Sheets vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 10:05 p.m. ET / YES Network
UMPIRES: HP Hunter Wendelstedt, 1B Mike Winters, 2B Jerry Layne, 3B Brian Runge
WEATHER: It’s bright and sunny, but temperatures are in the low 60s with wind blowing in from left field. It’s not cold — not at all — but it’s a little more chilly than we were used to in New York.
CARSON’S BACK: Longtime Yankees minor leaguer Matt Carson was called up by the A’s before today’s game. He was hitting .301 with a .534 slugging percentage in Triple-A. He never got past Triple-A with the Yankees but he made his big league debut with Oakland last season. Great guy too. One of my favorites that I covered in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. His only big league hit this season was a home run.
TURNING TWO: According to Elias, Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano will be the second Yankees double play combo to start an all-star game. Willie Randolph and Bucky Dent did it in 1980 and 81.
NO. 400: This will be the 400th start of Javier Vazquez’s career. He’s the seventh pitcher to reach the milestone as a Yankee, joining Mike Mussina, Catfish Hunter, Whitey Ford, Herb Pennock, Andy Pettitte and Red Ruffing. The Yankees will become the only team with two active players with 400 or more starts.
UPDATE, 10:12 p.m.: Back-to-back ground outs to start the game. Clearly this Gardner in the lead-off spot thing isn’t working.
UPDATE, 10:28 p.m.: The crowd here actually gave Swisher a nice applause when he doubled. They must still like him here in Oakland.
UPDATE, 10:30 p.m.: RBI triple from Curtis Granderson gives the Yankees a 1-0 lead. Granderson’s not as fast as Gardner, but it’s a lot of fun watching him run. Long strides. He really glides around the bases.
UPDATE, 10:31 p.m.: And Cervelli follows with an RBI single. This is all with two outs.
UPDATE, 11:10 p.m.: Kevin Kouzmanoff just snapped an 0-for-30 skid with an infield single. Thirty at-bats without a hit. Mark Teixeira opened the season 0-for-17 and it was the end of the world. Imagine if Kouzmanoff were playing in this market. Yikes!
UPDATE, 11:46 p.m.: Mark Teixeira went deep and the Yankees managed to score in more then inning. It’s a 3-1 Yankees lead heading into the bottom of the sixth. Vazquez has pitched well, but he’s also thrown quite a few pitches. He’s already at 92. Might not pitch beyond this inning.
UPDATE, 11:49 p.m.: Dustin Moseley getting loose. Two-run game? Looks like Moseley isn’t here to be a mop-up guy.
UPDATE, 11:50 p.m.: Nice play by Rodriguez for the second out of the sixth. If he can get through this inning without reaching 100 pitches, Vazquez might last into the seventh after all, but I’d still bet on seeing a reliever.
UPDATE, 12:05 a.m.: Never mind, Vazquez got out of that sixth inning quickly and already has two quick outs in the seventh, the second on a nice sliding catch by Granderson.
UPDATE, 12:06 a.m.: Sliding catch by Granderson. Diving catch by Curtis. That’s seven innings, one run for Vazquez.
UPDATE, 12:25 a.m.: Here’s Joba Chamberlain in the eighth.
UPDATE, 12:28 a.m.: Good inning from Chamberlain and now Rivera is getting loose in the bullpen. I’m sitting next to Mark Feinsand and it had just occurred to us that no one thought to ask Girardi if Rivera was available tonight. Apparently he is.