Brett Gardner CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Travis Hafner DH
Vernon Wells LF
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Jayson Nix SS
Austin Romine C
RHP Phil Hughes (3-4, 4.80)
Hughes vs. Athletics
John Jason C
Seth Smith LF
Jed Lowrie SS
Josh Donaldson 3B
Josh Reddick RF
Brandon Moss 1B
Chris Young CF
Eric Sogard 2B
Nate Freiman DH
RHP Dan Straily (3-2, 4.67)
Straily vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 10:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Very similar to last night. Temperatures in the 60s. Not much chance of rain.
UMPIRES: HP Dale Scott, 1B CB Bucknor, 2B Bill Miller, 3B Todd Tichenor
BEEN TOO LONG: The Yankees have gone a season-high four straight games without a home run, their longest such stretch since July 15-18, 2011 (also four games). This is one game shy of their longest homerless stretch since 2000 (five games from May 17-21, 2006).
A GOOD SIGN: Mark Teixeira has 20 career home runs at O.co Coliseum, tied with Rafael Palmeiro for second-most by a visiting player behind Alex Rodriguez (21). Since joining the Yankees in 2009, Teixeira has eight homers and 23 RBI in 20 games in Oakland. That’s all from Elias.
ALSO GOOD NEWS: Maybe this is jinxing it, but this current group of A’s has hit just .193/.276/.261 in 88 career at-bats against Phil Hughes. They’ve hit just one home run, and that homer came from Yoenis Cespedes, who isn’t playing tonight.
UPDATE, 10:21 p.m.: Shallow fly ball falls for a hit, Smith thrown out running into second base. The lesson, as always: Don’t hustle.
UPDATE, 10:36 p.m.: Two-run homer by Moss. Ichiro faked as if he were going to catch it in front of the track — he was hoping to play the ball off the wall — but it’s out and the A’s are in front.
UPDATE, 11:08 p.m.: What do you know, the Yankees offense looks flat…
UPDATE, 11:26 p.m.: Hughes has been walking a tightrope most of the night, and now an RBI double has given the A’s another run and a 3-0 lead in the fifth.
UPDATE, 11:30 p.m.: One-out walk and that’s all for Hughes. He’s out after 4.1 innings. Walks were a real problem.
UPDATE, 11:35 p.m.: If you’re into the bright side, Shawn Kelley has been a nice find this season. He was able to induce a couple of grounders to shortstop to get out of the inning without further damage. Hughes was pretty bad, but it’s only a 3-0 A’s lead. For most lineups, that wouldn’t feel like a massive hole.
UPDATE, 11:45 p.m.: Walk, single, sac fly. See, top of the order, that wasn’t all that hard.
UPDATE, 12:01 a.m.: Nice little sliding catch by Ichiro to strand two runners in the sixth.
UPDATE, 12:09 a.m.: There’s a two-out RBI single by Nix. He’s a baseball player, ya know.
UPDATE, 12:48 a.m.: That at-bat was a pretty good battle between Chamberlain and Moss, but Moss won the fight in a big way. He launched his second homer of the night, this one to dead center, to push the A’s lead to 4-2.