Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Raul Ibanez LF
Eric Chavez 3B
Jayson Nix SS
Dewayne Wise RF
Chris Stewart C
LHP CC Sabathia (10-3, 3.27)
Sabathia vs. A’s
Jemile Weeks 2B
Jonny Gomes DH
Josh Reddick RF
Yoenis Cespedes CF
Chris Carter 1B
Brandon Inge 3B
Seth Smith LF
Brandon Hicks SS
Kurt Suzuki C
RHP Bartolo Colon (6-8, 3.88)
Colon vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 4:15 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Wrapping up these four games in Oakland with another day of sunshine.
UMPIRES: HP Brian Knight, 1B Mike Winters, 2B Bill Miller, 3B Wally Bell
NO BROOMS: The Yankees look to avoid being swept for the third time this season (one three-game sweep at Tampa Bay and a two-game sweep in Toronto). The Yankees?have not been swept in a four-game series since May 2003 against the Blue Jays, and have not been swept by Oakland in a series of any length since June 2006 (three games) at the original Yankee Stadium. They have not been swept in a four-game series by the A’s since 1972 and have never been swept in a four-game series at the Coliseum.
SWEEP STOPPER: CC Sabathia is 4-1 with a 3.93 ERA in five starts in which the Yankees were in danger of being swept in a series of at least three games. The only loss came on June 9, 2011 vs. Boston. Sabathia?recorded wins on August 2, 2009 at Chicago, September 13, 2009 against Baltimore, July 1, 2010 against Seattle and May 29, 2011 at Seattle.
NOT CLOSE ENOUGH: The Yankees have lost each of their last three games, each by one run. Marks the first such streak for the Yankees against the same opponent since 7/2-4/93 (also at Oakland; 4-3, 5-4 and 7-6 losses).
UPDATE, 4:36 p.m.: Two quiet innings so far. Sabathia and Colon have each allowed one hit.
UPDATE, 4:43 p.m.: Four straight singles gets the Yankees on the board, 1-0.
UPDATE, 5:01 p.m.: Two-run double by Rodriguez in the third, now a solo homer by Granderson in the fourth. It’s now a 4-0 Yankees lead. That’s more than they scored in any of the first three games of this series.
UPDATE, 5:21 p.m.: Brandon Inge goes deep again. His leadoff homer in the fifth has cut the Yankees lead to 4-1.
UPDATE, 5:26 p.m.: Kurt Suzuki snaps a career-high 78-game homerless streak by going deep off Sabathia. It’s now 4-2.
UPDATE, 5:51 p.m.: The Yankees can’t turn two, and the A’s get a run out of it. It’s now 4-3.
UPDATE, 6:27 p.m.: That might have been the at-bat of the game, with Robertson striking out Cespedes with a runner at second in the eighth. Things could have changed dramatically right there.
UPDATE, 6:31 p.m.: Huge inning for the Yankees. Two big strikeouts by Robertson and a big inning-ending play by Chavez. It’s still a 4-3 lead.