Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez LF
Eric Chavez DH
Russell Martin C
Dewayne Wise RF
RHP Phil Hughes (9-7, 4.22)
Hughes vs. A’s
Coco Crisp CF
Jemile Weeks 2B
Josh Reddick DH
Yoenis Cespedes LF
Brandon Moss RF
Chris Carter 1B
Brandon Inge 3B
Eric Sogard SS
Derek Norris C
RHP Jarrod Parker (6-4, 3.16)
Parker has never faced the Yankees
TIME/TV: 9:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Another bright and sunny day. We’ve been pretty lucky with the weather out here.
UMPIRES: HP Wally Bell, 1B Brian Knight, 2B Mike Winters, 3B Bill Miller
TWO STRAIGHT: The Yankees have lost consecutive games for the first time since July 2 and 3 at Tampa Bay. The Yankees have not lost three straight games since June 19-22 and are the only team in the Majors this season that has yet to lose more than three consecutive games.
NO FREE PASSES: The Yankees have not drawn a walk in either of the first two games of this series, the first time they have gone consecutive games without a free pass since September 12-13, 2011. They have not gone three games without drawing at least one walk since June of 1991.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BIG GUY: CC Sabathia is celebrating his 32nd birthday today. His 186 wins are the most victories for a pitcher before his 32nd birthday since Catfish Hunter had 210 wins before his 32nd in 1978. According to Elias, the past eigth pitchers to get 186 wins before their 32nd birthday are all in the Hall of Fame: Bob Feller, Hal Newhouser, Robin Roberts, Don Drysdale, Juan Marichal, Ferguson Jenkins, Jim Palmer and Hunter.
UPDATE, 9:28 p.m.: Well, the Yankees managed to get two on that inning, but Martin ended the threat with a routine double play. It’s still scoreless heading into the bottom of the second.
UPDATE, 9:47 p.m.: Hughes’ second strikeout of the night ends the third, still scoreless.
UPDATE, 9:54 p.m.: Infield single. Station to station. Two-out RBI single by Ibanez. It’s just that simple, and it’s a 1-0 Yankees lead.
UPDATE, 10:08 p.m.: Didn’t need much more proof that Cespedes is an awfully impressive player. His solo shot in the fourth has tied it.
UPDATE, 11:07 p.m.: Ouch. Hughes has pitched very well today, but Inge just took him deep for a 2-1 A’s lead in the eighth inning.