Game 53: Yankees at Athletics • 05.31.11
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Russell Martin C
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones DH
Brett Gardner LF
RHP Freddy Garcia (3-4, 3.26)
Garcia vs. Athletics
Coco Crisp CF
David DeJesus RF
Conor Jackson 1B
Josh Willingham DH
Ryan Sweeney LF
Kurt Suzuki C
Mark Ellis 2B
Kevin Kouzmanoff 3B
Andy LaRoche SS
LHP Brett Anderson (3-4, 2.84)
Anderson vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 10:05 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network
WEATHER: Should be cloudy all night, but it looks like the game won’t be at great risk. Better chance of rain tomorrow, which could be trouble.
UMPIRES: HP Derryl Cousins, 1B Jim Joyce, 2B Ron Kulpa, 3B Jim Wolf
ON THE RUN: Francisco Cervelli had two stolen bases last night. He’d previously stolen just one base in his entire big league career.
GOOD COMPANY: After throwing a complete game yesterday, 38-year-old Bartolo Colon became the fifth Yankees starter in the past 25 years to get a complete game win at that age or older (Roger Clemens, Tommy John, Randy Johnson and David Wells).
GOOD START: When leading off an inning, Derek Jeter is hitting .375 with three doubles, two home runs, six walks and a .430 on-base percentage this season. He’s reached base safely to lead off the first inning in 20 of 41 games.
ON THE FLIP SIDE: The Yankees pitching staff has allowed opposing No. 1 hitters to hit a .181 with a .241 on-base percentage, both Major League lows.
UPDATE, 10:07 p.m.: Jeter gets a gift with an error called a hit, and Granderson made it count with his 17th home run of the season.
UPDATE, 10:55 p.m.: Internet in Oakland. Not great. Anyway, the Yankees and A’s traded runs in the third and it’s a 3-1 Yankees lead. Garcia allowed three hits in the third inning, but a bit of bad base running help him limit the damage to one run.
UPDATE, 11:26 p.m.: Before this game, Brett Anderson had not allowed an extra-base hit to a left-handed hitter this season. Granderson and Cano have now taken him deep. It’s a 7-1 Yankees lead in the fifth.
UPDATE, 12:38 p.m.: Does anyone know how to strangle a computer? I’d really like to do that tonight, but it’s tough to figure out how exactly to make it work. Here’s the bottom line: The Yankees are winning big. Granderson had another huge game, Garcia was almost hit in the face but he’s in line for the win and Jeter managed to reach base four times without ever hitting the ball out of the infield.