Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher DH
Jorge Posada C
Curtis Granderson CF
Colin Curtis RF
LHP CC Sabathia (10-3, 3.33)
Sabathia vs. Athletics
Coco Crisp CF
Daric Barton 1B
Kurt Suzuki C
Kevin Kouzmanoff 3B
Mark Ellis 2B
Jack Cust DH
Adam Rosales SS
Matt Carson RF
Rajai Davis LF
RHP Trevor Cahill (8-2, 2.74)
Cahill vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 10:05 p.m. ET / YES Network
UMPIRES: HP Mike Winters, 1B Jerry Layne, 2B Brian Runge, 3B Hunter Wendelstedt
WEATHER: Looks and feels the same as yesterday. Sunny skies and temperatures in the 60s.
UPDATE, 10:30 p.m.: Two-out double by Kouzmanoff has given the A’s an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. Sabathia just never seems to pitch especially well out here.
UPDATE, 10:57 p.m.: The Oakland writers are debating whether the A’s would have turned two on that play if Cliff Pennington had started at short. Doesn’t matter. Jeter was safe at first, Granderson scored and the Yankees tied the game at 1.
UPDATE, 11:02 p.m.: Alex Rodriguez continues to mash with the bases loaded. That’s his third grand slam of the year — 21st of his career — and a 5-1 Yankees lead. He has the second most grand slams in major league history, tied with Manny Ramirez. The record is 23 by Lou Gehrig.
UPDATE, 11:25 p.m.: Remember when Sabathia allowed that two-out RBI double in the first? He’s been overwhelming since.
UPDATE, 11:34 p.m.: A lot of foul territory here in Oakland, and it’s nice for the Yankees to have Mark Teixeira to handle it on the first-base side. Nice catch there for the second out of the fifth inning.
UPDATE, 11:42 p.m.: Daric Barton was not at all pleased with the strike three call with the bases loaded. That was the first ejection of his career, and he got his money’s worth.
UPDATE, 11:48 p.m.: That’s 597 career home runs for Rodriguez, and two home runs tonight. Yankees are up 6-1 in the sixth.
UPDATE, 11:59 p.m.: If my math is correct… Only 4 percent of Alex Rodriguez’s at-bats have come with the bases loaded, but he has 36 percent of his RBI with the bases loaded.
UPDATE, 12:33 a.m.: Sabathia is out after 7.2 innings. He’s pitched at least into the eighth inning in four straight starts, and he finished it in the past three.