Pitching matchups for the A’s series
Greg Smith, LHP (5-7, 3.43) @ Mike Mussina, RHP (11-6, 3.61)
A’s: Smith will get the series-opening nod in the absence of Joe Blanton, who was traded to Philadelphia on Thursday. Smith threw six shutout innings against the Mariners in his last start, but got no run support — nothing new for him — en route to a no-decision. He left the game having received zero Oakland runs in seven of his 17 starts, and one run in another three outings. This will be his first career start against the Yankees.
Yankees: Mussina will take the mound, having last pitched on July 10 against at Pittsburgh. He allowed two earned runs on nine hits while striking out five over six strong innings of work. Mussina is 17-10 with a 3.82 ERA in his career against the Athletics.
Justin Duchscherer, RHP (10-5, 1.82) @ Joba Chamberlain, RHP (2-3, 2.62)
A’s: Two days before making his second career All-Star appearance, Duchscherer pitched 7 2/3 solid innings against the Angels, giving up two runs on five hits while walking two and striking out three in a no-decision. He has yet to surrender more than three earned runs in a game, and his last start marked the 15th time in 16 starts he walked two batters or fewer. Duchscherer gave up one run through seven innings facing the Yankees earlier this year.
Yankees: Chamberlain will be making his first career appearance against the Athletics. The 22-year-old has been effective since joining the rotation on June 3, posting a 2.81 ERA in eight starts, but has just one win over that span. Chamberlain’s last outing was on July 11 at Toronto, when he surrendered three runs on seven hits while striking out nine. Jays ace Roy Halladay outdueled him en route to a shutout victory.
Sean Gallagher, RHP (4-4, 4.25) @ Andy Pettitte, LHP (10-7, 4.03)
A’s: In his first career start as an American League pitcher, the newly acquired Gallagher proved he can get a win just as easily as Rich Harden in the A’s rotation by pitching seven dominant innings of two-hit, two-run ball. Traded by the Cubs for Harden in a six-player deal four days before he made the start, Gallagher struck out seven in the win over the Angels. This will mark his first career start against the Yankees.
Yankees: Pettitte’s successful first half came to a disappointing end during his last outing against the Blue Jays. New York’s veteran left-hander suffered through a four-run second inning en route to his seventh loss of the season. The biggest blow came off the bat of infielder Marco Scutaro, who hit a three-run home run to break the game open. Pettitte managed to settle down and completed six innings, allowing eight hits while striking out six. He is 9-5 with a 3.42 ERA in 18 career starts against Oakland.