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Game 131: Yankees vs. Athletics

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YANKEES (80-50)
Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada C
Marcus Thames DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Ramiro Pena 3B

RHP Dustin Moseley (4-2, 4.53)
Moseley vs. Athletics [2]

Coco Crisp CF
Daric Barton 1B
Kurt Suzuki C
Jack Cust DH
Kevin Kouzmanoff 3B
Mark Ellis 2B
Jeff Larish LF
Rajai Davis RF
Cliff Pennington SS

RHP Trevor Cahill (14-5, 2.43)
Cahill vs. Yankees [3]

TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m. / YES Network

UMPIRES: HP Kerwin Danley, 1B Doug Eddings, 2B Dana DeMuth, 3B CB Bucknor

WEATHER: It’s close to 90 degrees right now, but it should dip into the low 80s and maybe into the 70s as the game goes on. Pretty much no chance of rain.

BEATING CAHILL: Trevor Cahill has become a legitimate Cy Young candidate. The Yankees beat him earlier this season in Oakland, but they did that with just four hits and one walk against him. Most of the damage was done by Alex Rodriguez, who had two home runs and — obviously — is not in the lineup tonight. “He gets a ton of ground balls,” Joe Girardi said. “You have to make this guy get the ball up.”

IN THE DAYLIGHT: The Yankees will play five straight day games this home stand. According to Elias, it will be the first time the Yankees have played five straight day games at home since April 8 through April 14 of 2004. Right now, the Yankees have the second-best daytime record in the majors behind — of course — Oakland. The Yankees lead the majors with a .283 batting average in day games.

SAME RECORD, NEW RECORD: The Yankees and Rays have now been tied for first place for seven straight days. According to Elias, that matches the most consecutive days two teams have been tied for first place this late in the season in Major League history. It also happened with the Dodgers and Astros in mid-Sepember, 1980.

UPDATE, 7:28 p.m.: Things could be going better for Dustin Moseley. After the first three batters reached, he’s now allowed a sacrifice fly and a two-out, two-run single. It’s 3-0 A’s, and Moseley isn’t out of the first.

UPDATE, 7:42 p.m.: Robinson Cano sneaks a hard hit ball past Mark Ellis, scoring Derek Jeter to cut the lead to 3-1, still in the first inning. Might want to get comfortable. This one alright looks like it might take a while.

UPDATE, 7:50 p.m.: Nick Swisher just tied the game on a two-run double, then ran himself into an inning-ending double play when he misread the ball of Posada’s bat.

UPDATE, 7:56 p.m.: Nice rebound inning from Moseley. Two ground balls and a strikeout.

UPDATE, 8:07 p.m.: After a lead-off single, there is action in the Yankees bullpen — Javier Vazquez getting loose — but Moseley just got a strikeout, throw out double play and now a fly ball to right to end the inning. Still 3-3.

UPDATE, 8:15 p.m.: First two at-bats after the bruised right hand, Mark Teixeira is 2-for-2 with a single and now a solo home run that’s put the Yankees in front 4-3 in the bottom of the third.

UPDATE, 8:17 p.m.: Make that back-to-back homers as Cano goes deep with his 26th of the season, setting a career high. That’s the seventh time the Yankees have gone back-to-back this year.

UPDATE, 8:23 p.m.: Wow. Jeff Larish just clobbered a ball to deep right field to cut the lead to 5-4. Swisher kind of went after it, but that thing was way gone off the bat.

UPDATE, 8:32 p.m.: Two-out RBI single by Ramiro Pena. I don’t know what it is, but the guy really has had a knack for big hits. He doesn’t have many of them, but every single one seems to have done some damage this season. It’s a 6-4 Yankees lead.

UPDATE, 8:46 p.m.: After back-to-back one-out walks, Moseley is finished. His command was off all night, and now it’s Vazquez in to face Jack Cust with two on and one out in the fifth.

UPDATE, 8:54 p.m.: Grounder to second gets on out, Derek Jeter jump throw gets the second. Vazquez is out of the fifth with the lead still 6-4.

UPDATE, 9:06 p.m.: Three straight hits to start the fifth inning — Teixeira double, Cano single, Swisher double — have scored two more runs and given the Yankees an 8-4 lead.

UPDATE, 9:11 p.m.: Second deck for Marcus Thames, a three-run home run to make this an 11-4 game, still with no outs in the fifth inning. A position player is going to pitch in this game. I’m convinced of it.

By the way, Thames is unreal right now. Five straight starts with a home run, with two homers in one of those games. Lefty. Righty. Home. Away. Doesn’t matter. He’s locked in.

UPDATE, 9:30 p.m.: Former Yankees minor leaguer Matt Carson is now in right field for the A’s. I got to say hello to him this afternoon. He’s in that Dan Giese Hall of Fame for all-time nice guys who came through Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.