Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Francisco Cervelli C
LHP CC Sabathia (17-7, 2.96)
Sabathia vs A’s
Jemile Weeks 2B
Coco Crisp CF
Hideki Matsui DH
Josh Willingham LF
Brandon Allen 1B
Conor Jackson RF
Kurt Suzuki C
Cliff Pennington SS
Scott Sizemore 3B
RHP Trevor Cahill (9-12, 4.17)
Cahill vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES
WEATHER: Clear and windy. Winds will be blowing out to left and center field.
UMPIRES: 3B Gary Cederstrom, HP Cory Blaser, 1B Adrian Johnson, 2B Fielden Culbreth
Second time’s a charm: The Yanks are 29-12 in Game 2 of series and just 21-21 in Game 1. If they lost tonight it would mark just their third series loss in their last 20.
Jeter stays hot: With his three hits last night, Jeter is batting .351 over his last 41 games. His .418 average in August is the fourth-highest among all players. If it continues he’ll have his first month over .390 since July of 2006.
UPDATE 7:11: Home run Coco Crisp. There goes the no-hitter.
UPDATE 7:20: Jeter has moved past Rod Carew into sole possession of 22nd place on the all-time hit list.
UPDATE 7:56: Matsui is batting .361 since the all-star break, fifth in the AL. Hasn’t done much against the Yankees though. he just bounded out to end a third-inning threat.
UPDATE 8:01: That was a cool play by Oakland’s middle infield. Brett Gardner hit a ball up the middle that 2B Jemile Weeks snagged going to his left. Knowing he didn’t have time to stop and throw, he tossed it to SS Cliff Pennington who was coming toward him. Pennington made a strong relay to first. Gardner was safe, but had the runner been anyone else, the play might have worked.
UPDATE 8:05: With that RBI single, Jeter tied Rickey-be-Rickey Henderson for 21st on the all-time hit list. Jete has reached base in six straight plate appearances.
UPDATE 8:25: That looked like Nunez’s ball hit the dirt behind home plate. It certainly sprayed up some dirt. If so it should have been a foul ball and Eduardo should still be batting.
UPDATE 8:32: That strikeout of Suzuki was CC’s seventh. If not for the Crisp home run he’d have a real gem on his hands.
UPDATE 8:35: Top of the lineup coming up for the Yankees.
UPDATE 8:41: A little while ago I put up a post about Carlos Pena being claimed off waivers by the Yankees, which ESPN is reporting. If you want to join the discussion about that move, use that separate blog post.
UPDATE 8:48: Wow, I did not think there was a chance to get Weeks there. Most players would have held up at second base, but Weeks streaked through the bag without slowing down a bit. Once he turned the corner with a full head of steam I thought he was definitely safe. Beautiful relay by Cano there.
UPDATE 9:08: Would you be taking Cahill out if you were Bob Melvin? Yes, he’s thrown 100 pitches, but he’s been keeping the Yanks in check so far. I guess Melvin really wants a lefthander in there.
UPDATE 9:17: Guess it was the right decision. Brian Fuentes gets out of a 1st-and-3rd, no-out situation.
UPDATE 9:36: That double play was lucky.
UPDATE 9:40: No Pesky Pole home runs for Teixiera. That tater was a man’s home run. We’re tied again at 3-3.
UPDATE 10:10: Pennington’s hit brings up the dangerous Scott Sizemore. Wait, did I just say that? …. Sure enough, as I type that Sizemore picks up his fourth base hit.
UPDATE 10:13: I guess when you allow four hits to Sizemore and another four to Coco Crisp, you deserve to lose. The Rafa Soriano experiment isn’t working out so well, huh?