RHP David Phelps (1-4, 4.88)
Phelps vs. Athletics
Coco Crisp CF
John Jaso DH
Josh Donaldson 3B
Brandon Moss RF
Yoenis Cespedes LF
Jed Lowrie SS
Derek Norris C
Nick Punto 2B
Kyle Blanks 1B
RHP Sonny Gray (6-2, 2.83)
Gray vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 10:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Temperatures in the high 60s. Been a lovely day here in the bay area.
UMPIRES: C.B. Bucknor, 1B Hal Gibson, 2B Dale Scott, 3B Dan Iassogna
MARKED TERRITORY: Mark Teixeira has hit more home runs against the A’s than he has against any other opponent. His 36 home runs against Oakland ranks second among all active players (Alex Rodriguez has 43). Teixeira has hit more home runs at O.co Coliseum (20) than he has at any other ballpark as a visiting player, and among active players who have never played with the A’s, Teixeira’s 20 homers at the venue ranks second behind only Rodriguez (21).
PUT HIM IN COACH: Jacoby Ellsbury had the game-winning RBI in the Yankees’ last three games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first Yankees player with the game-winning RBI in three straight team games since Nick Swisher from August 13-15, 2012.
REVERSAL OF FORTUNE: It’s all said and done now, but this season the Yankees lost their three home games against Seattle and their two home games against the Mets, but the Yankees won their three road games at Safeco Field and two at Citi Field. According to the Yankees game notes, this marks the only two instances in Yankees franchise history that the team lost all of its home games and won all its road games against the same opponent in a single season.
UPDATE, 10:17 p.m.: Two runs on three hits in the first inning against Sonny Gray? Maybe this offense really has gotten on track a little bit.
UPDATE, 10:37 p.m.: Gardner’s second hit of the game is an RBI single for a 3-0 lead in the top of the second. The Yankees have five hits, all singles. Here’s Jeter.
UPDATE, 10:41 p.m.: This is Jeter’s fourth straight multi-hit game. Batting average is up to .278.
UPDATE, 11:31 p.m.: Phelps is coming out for the fifth inning and he’s currently working on a no-hitter. He walked a guy in the fourth, but otherwise he’s been terrific.
UPDATE, 11:40 p.m.: A’s first hit is a little bloop over Johnson’s head at third base. Runners at first and second now — there was also a walk — with Andy Parrino at the plate (Parrino wound up playing in place of Punto).
UPDATE, 11:44 p.m.: Nice running catch by Ellsbury helps Phelps get out of the fifth without any damage. It’s still a 3-0 Yankees lead heading into the sixth.
UPDATE, 12:09 a.m.: Phelps has walked three guys, but he’s allowed just one hit and he’s kept a dangerous A’s lineup off the scoreboard through six innings. Awfully good start for him, and a good bounce back as well.
UPDATE, 12:39 a.m.: My goodness, the Yankees have even remembered how to tack on late-inning runs! It’s now 6-0 as the Yankees have scored three runs on four hits here in the eighth. Got some help from an error, too.
UPDATE, 12:42 a.m.: Make that 7-0 on an RBI single by Johnson.