Sweeping the Mariners in Seattle earlier this week sure was a lot of fun, but life is about to get much more difficult for the Yankees. They are in Oakland for a three-game weekend set against the Athletics, who are the best team in baseball by almost any measures. They have scored the most runs (336) and allowed the fewest runs (206) in MLB. If that doesn’t qualify you as elite, nothing will.
The Athletics took two of three in the Bronx last week but even that one win was tough for the Yankees. Masahiro Tanaka had to grind through six innings and the tying run was at third base when the 27th out was recorded. The Yankees are playing better right now than they were a week ago, though I’m not how much that matters. Oakland is damn good. Here is the Athletics lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:
- LF Brett Gardner
- SS Derek Jeter
- CF Jacoby Ellsbury — back in the lineup following last night’s hip tightness scare
- 1B Mark Teixeira
- C Brian McCann
- DH Carlos Beltran
- RF Ichiro Suzuki
- 2B Brian Roberts
- 3B Kelly Johnson
RHP David Phelps
It’s sunny with temperatures in the low-70s in Oakland, so pretty much classic California weather. Perfect night for baseball. Tonight’s game will begin a little after 10pm ET and you can watch on YES. Enjoy the game.
Injury Updates: C Frankie Cervelli (hamstring) will rejoin the team on Tuesday, after they get home from the road trip … CC Sabathia (knee) continues to play catch off flat ground … in case you missed it earlier, Michael Pineda (shoulder) will be out until at least August.