Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Jorge Posada DH
Marcus Thames LF
Francisco Cervelli C
Brett Gardner CF
Ramiro Pena 2B
RHP A.J. Burnett (6-7, 4.90)
Burnett vs. Athletics
Coco Crisp CF
Daric Barton 1B
Ryan Sweeney RF
Kurt Suzuki C
Jack Cust DH
Kevin Kouzmanoff 3B
Mark Ellis 2B
Matt Watson LF
Cliff Pennington SS
LHP Gio Gonzalez (7-5, 3.50)
Gonzalez vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 10:05 p.m. ET / YES Network
UMPIRES: HP Jerry Layne, 1B Brian Runge, 2B Hunter Wendelstedt, 3B Mike Winters
WEATHER: We’ve basically had three of the exact same days here in Oakland. Kind of a cool breeze blowing, but mostly perfect.
TWO OF A KIND: Coco Crisp and Jack Cust are each 1-for-13 with a home run in their careers against Burnett. I just think that’s odd because they’re such different hitters.
SWEET SWEEP: The Yankees are looking for their fifth series sweep of the season. It would be their first road sweep.
AIN’T LIFE GRAND: This is Alex Rodriguez’s fourth season with three grand slams. According to Elias, Jimmie Foxx is the only other player to have four such seasons.
UPDATE, 10:20 p.m.: Bases loaded with one out, the Yankees blew the opportunity with back-to-back strikeouts.
UPDATE, 10:22 p.m.: Man, Gardner really covers a lot of ground out there.
UPDATE, 10:35 p.m.: Ramiro Pena flexes his offensive muscle with a single up the middle, but Derek Jeter grounds into a double play to end the inning. Five runners on base in the first two innings, none of them scored. Is that good?
UPDATE, 10:50 p.m.: Back-to-back strikeouts with a runner at third. Not a good first three innings for the Yankees.
UPDATE, 11:02 p.m.: The first Oakland hit of the game has given the A’s a 1-0 lead.
UPDATE, 11:17 p.m.: The Yankees finally get a big hit, and it’s Ramiro Pena of all people who gets it. Brett Gardner setup the run by taking a walk and stealing second, but Pena got the RBI single to tie the game at 1.
UPDATE, 11:20 p.m.: RBI in back-to-back games for Jeter. The Yankees are in front 2-1.
UPDATE, 11:22 p.m.: Three-run home run from Mark Teixeira. Everyone can step back from the ledge and celebrate a five-run, two-out rally that has the Yankees in front 5-1.
UPDATE, 12:01 a.m.: Send Swish! He’s a triple short of the cycle now that he’s hit his 14th homer of the year, making it a 6-1 Yankees lead.
UPDATE, 12:20 a.m.: Oakland gets another run, but Burnett ultimately strands runners at the corners and keeps a four-run lead.