Game 98: Yankees vs. A’s
Brandon Laird walked out of Yankee Stadium last night as the owner of one big league hit and RBI, and also an assignment from manager Joe Girardi – get some rest, because the plan was to put him right back in the Yankees’ lineup on Saturday afternoon.
So after a quick turnaround, no real celebration and about 100 text messages, Laird came right back to the big ballpark in the Bronx and indeed found his name in the Bombers’ lineup at third base for this game. Girardi said that Laird struggled some this spring, but the Yankees took note of his tenacity. You don’t get here without it.
A.J. Burnett tries to pick up his first victory since June 29 today, having strung together a loss and two no-decisions in his last three efforts. Burnett beat the A’s the only other time he’s faced them this year, a seven-inning, two-run gem on June 1 in Oakland.
The A’s counter with Rich Harden, who sees New York for the first time this year after coming off the disabled list July 1 from a right shoulder injury.
Here are this afternoon’s lineups at a steamy Yankee Stadium, where batting practice was called off again and 11 hydration stations have been set up to keep the fans cool:
Jemile Weeks 2B
Cliff Pennington SS
Hideki Matsui DH
Josh Willingham LF
David DeJesus RF
Scott Sizemore 3B
Ryan Sweeney CF
Conor Jackson 1B
Landon Powell C
Pitching: Rich Harden RHP (1-1, 5.00)
Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano DH
Nick Swisher RF
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez 2B
Brandon Laird 3B
Pitching: A.J. Burnett RHP (8-7, 4.19)
- The Yankees have won 11 straight against Oakland since July 5, 2010, their longest streak vs. the A’s since winning 14 straight from Sept. 13, 1956 – July 12, 1957. It’s the longest current win streak for any MLB team against one opponent, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
- Derek Jeter’s three RBIs Friday give him 1,163, surpassing Tony Lazzeri (1,160) for eighth place on the Yankees’ all-time list. Next up is Bill Dickey (1,210).
- Yankees relievers have not allowed a run over their last six games since July 16, allowing eight hits and three walks over the 16 1/3 inning stretch with 22 strikeouts.
- The Yankees are a MLB-best 28-5 in day games this year. According to Elias, the last Major League team to win at least 28 of their first 33 day games in a season was the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1955.
- Hector Noesi said his parents are set to arrive in New York later today and will stay with him for the rest of the season. He had been planning to pick them up at the airport last night, trying to pitch quickly, but later learned their flight from the Dominican Republic was delayed.
- Laird said he has a total of eight friends and family members on hand for his first MLB start today. Some of the group has been following him since the series in St. Petersburg, Fla.