Let’s get down to business at the Oakland Coliseum. One interesting note about tonight (and an excuse to write some names from the past) – Javier Vazquez is going to become the seventh pitcher in history to make his 400th start as a Yankee, joining Catfish Hunter, Whitey Ford, Mike Mussina, Herb Pennock, Andy Pettitte and Red Ruffing.
Obviously no one thinks of Vazquez as an all-time Yankee, but it’s still a neat stat. With this start, the Yankees will be the only team with two active pitchers with 400 or more starts. Pettitte has 474.
Here are the lineups, which look a little different for the Yankees with Nick Swisher popping into Jorge Posada’s slot. Brett Gardner moves up to the leadoff spot because he’s been getting on base better lately, Joe Girardi said.
Brett Gardner LF, Derek Jeter SS, Mark Teixeira 1B, Alex Rodriguez 3B, Robinson Cano 2B, Nick Swisher DH, Curtis Granderson CF, Francisco Cervelli C, Colin Curtis RF, Javier Vazquez RHP (6-7, 5.11)
Coco Crisp CF, Daric Barton 1B, Ryan Sweeney RF, Kurt Suzuki C, Jack Cust DH, Kevin Kouzmanoff 3B, Gabe Gross LF, Mark Ellis 2B, Cliff Pennington SS, Ben Sheets RHP (3-7, 4.98)