1. Derek Jeter DH
2. Curtis Granderson CF
3. Mark Teixeira 1B
4. Robinson Cano 2B
5. Nick Swisher RF
6. Russell Martin C
7. Andruw Jones LF
8. Eduardo Nunez SS
9. Brandon Laird 3B
Bartolo Colon RHP
1. Jemile Weeks 2B
2. Coco Crisp CF
3. Hideki Matsui DH
4. Josh Willingham LF
5. David DeJesus RF
6. Conor Jackson 1B
7. Kurt Suzuki C
8. Cliff Pennington SS
9. Eric Sogard 3B
Gio Gonzalez LHP
Umpires: Jeff Nelson HP, Vic Carapazza 1B, Marty Foster 2B, Manny Gonzalez 3B
Weather: Better than the previous two days, cloudy, 85 degrees
Hall of Famer: Tony Pena is here today in his role as Yankees bench coach, but he is also being inducted into the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame today at a pregame ceremony at the Bisons’ Triple-A game against Pawtucket. Pena hit .313 with 34 homers and 97 RBI for Buffalo in 1979 when it was a Double-A team. His son, Tony Jr., will be there in his role as a Pawtucket reliever and will accept on Tony Sr.’s behalf.
Closers: The Yankees are 21-11 in series finales this season, including 11-5 at home. And they are 10-4 in rubber games.
Close calls: After yesterday’s 4-3 loss, the Yankees fell to 12-15 in one-run games.
Update, 1:13: Colon looked sharp in that first inning outside of allowing a single to Hideki Matsui. Two strikeouts and a broken-bat bouncer to short.
Update, 1:22: Impressive 1-2-3 first for Gonzalez, also with two Ks.
Update, 1:31: Three hits and two runs for the A’s. Suzuki doubles down the left-field line with two outs and Pennington follows with a bloop single to right. Looked like Swisher had a chance to get Suzuki, but the throw skipped by Martin. Eric Sogard just hit a hard RBI double to the right-center gap.
Update, 1:40: First hit for the Yankees, Martin grounds a single through the middle with two outs in the second.
Update, 1:43: Andruw Jones stepped in at .204, but he delivered an RBI single after Martin swiped second.
Update, 1:49: Colon can’t get Matsui out, another single here in the third. Matsui has been contributing more after a bad first two months. He’s homered in four of the previous five games here, all as a visitor.
Update, 1:52: Laird smoothly starts a 5-4-3 double play to end the inning.
Update, 2:04: First and second, no one out, but the Yankees get nothing out of it. So it’s 2-1 Oakland after three.
Update, 2:09: One single and nothing else for the A’s.
Update, 2:18: Nunez comes through, rocketed that two-run double to left-center, Yankees up 3-2.
Update, 2:34: Matsui gets his third hit, a double, but Sogard was out at the plate with the Granderson to Cano to Martin relay to end the top of the fifth.
Update, 2:42: OK, make it 5-2. Curtis Granderson deposits No. 27 in the second deck, 3-2, 92 mph fastball.
Update, 2:52: RBI infield hit for Jones. It’s 6-2. Gonzalez is done. Fautino De Los Santos is in.
Update, 3:05: Colon’s two-seam fastball is moving well, just struck out Suzuki with it to end the sixth.
Update, 3:18: De Los Santos strikes out the side after a leadoff walk to Laird. So it’s 6-2 heading for the seventh.
Update, 3:26: Two runs, eight hits in seven innings for Colon. Brian Fuentes is coming on to pitch for Oakland.
Update, 3:40: David Robertson on for the eighth. Rafael Soriano pitched the seventh for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre against Syracuse. He gave up a homer to the first batter he faced, Tug Hulett. Then he got two grounders to second and a strikeout. And it’s raining now.
Update, 3:48: Matsui is now 4 for 4. His double just made it 6-3. Strange to see Robertson give up a run.
Update, 3:58: Robertson didn’t have it today. RBI double for Suzuki. It’s 6-4. Mariano Rivera will try for a four-out save.
Update, 4:02: Took Rivera two pitches to strand two in scoring position, broken-bat grounder to second by Pennington. Joey Devine will come on for Oakland.
Update, 4:12: Jeter gets in an insurance run with a grounder, so it’s 7-4. If Rivera nails down the final three outs, he will have 25 saves for the 15th straight season, extending his major-league record.
Update, 4:20: Matsui singles to right, 5 for 5. The bases are loaded with one out.
Update, 4:23: RBI single to left for Willingham, 7-5, bases still loaded.
Update, 4:25: DeJesus lines to Teixeira for an unassisted double play, Yankees win, 7-5.