Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones DH
Jayson Nix LF
Chris Stewart C
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (3-6, 4.56)
Kuroda vs. Athletics
Jemile Weeks 2B
Coco Crisp CF
Josh Reddick RF
Seth Smith LF
Kila Ka’aihue DH
Josh Donaldson 3B
Daric Barton 1B
Kurt Suzuki C
Cliff Pennington SS
LHP Tommy Milone (6-3, 3.75)
Milone has never faced any of the Yankees
TIME/TV: 4:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Nice and sunny here in Oakland. Pretty good day, actually.
UMPIRES: HP Tom Hallion, 1B Alfonso Marquez, 2B Corey Blaser, 3B Brian O’Nora
BROOMS ON THE ROAD: The Yankees are looking to finish off their third series sweep of the season, all on the road. They also took three straight in Baltimore and won a two-game series in Boston.
THREE DEEP: The Yankees have hit three homers in each of their past three games. It’s the second time this season they have hit at least three homers in three straight games, matching their longest such stretch over the last 55 years. The Yankees are the first team since the 2008 Rangers to hit at least three home runs in back-to-back games at the Coliseum.
THE NEW GUY: The Yankees have never faced Oakland starter Tommy Milone. It will be the ninth such pitcher the Yankees have opposed this season, and their fourth over their last 10 games. The Yankees have gone 4-4 in games when facing a starter they have never seen before, with those pitchers combining for a 4.37 ERA.
UPDATE, 4:10 p.m.: And just like that, Jeter moves ahead of George Brett on the all-time hits list.
UPDATE, 4:22 p.m.: Yankees load the bases in the first but leave them stranded. Of course.
UPDATE, 4:36 p.m.: Solo homer by Jones to start the second inning gives the Yankees a 1-0 lead.
UPDATE, 5:53 p.m.: Believe it or not, very little has happened in the past hour plus. Kuroda is pitching well against a terrible lineup that hasn’t been able to do much of anything this afternoon. The Yankees meanwhile, are still riding that Jones homer, because they’ve put just one other runner into scoring position since Jones went deep. It’s still 1-0. Kuroda doing the bulk of the heavy lifting in this one.
UPDATE, 6:07 p.m.: Teixeira’s second double of the game has pushed the lead to 2-0 as the A’s head into their bullpen in the seventh.
UPDATE, 6:32 p.m.: The A’s finally put a runner in scoring position, but Kuroda left him stranded at third with a strikeout and fly out. It’s still 2-0 heading into the eighth.