Brett Gardner CF
Jayson Nix SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Travis Hafner DH
Vernon Wells LF
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Chris Stewart C
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (6-5, 2.84)
Kuroda vs. Athletics
John Jason DH
Seth Smith LF
Jed Lowrie SS
Josh Donaldson 3B
Brandon Moss 1B
Josh Reddick RF
Chris Young CF
Eric Sogard 2B
Derek Norris C
RHP Jarrod Parker (5-6, 4.68)
Parker vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 3:35 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Sunny and beautiful. Just getting ready for Anaheim.
UMPIRES: HP CB Bucknor, 1B Bill Miller, 2B Todd Tichenor, 3B Dale Scott
BUMMER BY THE BAY: The Yankees have lost six straight at the O.co Coliseum, their longest losing streak in Oakland since dropping six straight from in 2001. This losing streak comes on the heels of a franchise-record nine straight wins in Oakland. The Yankees have had only one longer losing streak in Oakland since the A’s relocated there in 1968 – losing 10 in-a-row from September 9, 1989 to May 1, 1991.
BROOM BREAKERS: The Yankees today will look to avoid being swept for the third time this season, and first time in a series of three-or-more games. They were swept in back-to-back two-game series against the Mets. They are 2-0 this season in the third game of a series when they dropped the first two contests (win vs. Boston on April 4 and at Detroit on April 7).
THE END: The Yankees are 12-10 in series finales this season. They are 6-5 in finales on the road, winning four of the last seven.
UPDATE, 3:41 p.m.: Double by Gardner, hard line out by Nix and two-run homer by Cano. Yankees hitting the ball hard and have a 2-0 lead to show for it.
UPDATE, 4:35 p.m.: Stewart definitely pulled the ball out of the glove, but I’m not entirely sure he didn’t make the tag with both his hand and his glove. Hard to tell. Gutsy call at the plate. Might have been right. I can’t tell based on that one replay.
UPDATE, 5:31 p.m.: Am I just watching the same game over and over again?
UPDATE, 5:43 p.m.: Yankees have had one runner in scoring position since the first inning.
UPDATE, 5:49 p.m.: Kuroda is through eight innings. He’s allowed two runs on two hits.
UPDATE, 6:18 p.m.: Another great escape for Robertson keeps the game tied at 2 and sends us into extra innings.
UPDATE, 6:56 p.m.: My goodness, this offense is just lost right now. Best chance to score went away when Cano was walked and Teixeira was plunked.
UPDATE, 8:44 p.m.: I don’t know what else to say except that I keep reworking my running story and I have yet to write it as if the Yankees are going to win. I’ll change it if they take a lead, but right now…