Game 57: Yankees vs. Athletics

Hello from Yankee Stadium, where the Yankees and Athletics will open a three-game series tonight. There is some rain in the forecast and the A’s batting practice was washed out by some threatening skies. Mark Teixeira did get a few cuts in and has proclaimed himself ready to be in the Yankees’ lineup, having rested for two full days after getting a cortisone shot in his right wrist.

“I think you’re going to watch it for a while to see how he does and make sure,” manager Joe Girardi said. “Hopefully it’s cleared up and it doesn’t come back. Obviously I’m going to pay close attention to it and see how he’s feeling. If it gets him, it will probably be more hitting left-handed than right-handed.”

Hiroki Kuroda will make his 12th start of the season tonight, looking to string together back-to-back wins. He held the Cardinals to three runs in 5 2/3 innings last time out on May 28, picking up the victory in a 7-4 Yankees triumph. The A’s have won five of seven and will counter with Scott Kazmir, who tossed his second career complete game in his last start, a six-hitter in the A’s 3-1 win over the Tigers in Oakland.

Some additional game notes, courtesy of the Yankees’ media relations department:

AT A GLANCE: Tonight the Yankees begin a three-game series vs. Oakland… is the fifth game of a seven-game homestand, which began with a 1-2 series vs. Minnesota last weekend and a loss to Seattle on Monday night in a makeup of a 4/30 rainout… went 5-4 on their most recent road trip (5/20-28) at St. Louis (2-1), the Cubs (1-1) and White Sox (2-2)… following this homestand, will embark on a 10-game road trip at Kansas City (6/6-9), Seattle (6/10-12) and Oakland (6/13-15).

>>  Are 10-8 over their last 18G since 5/14 with a 3.25 ERA (166.0IP, 60ER, 158H, 39BB, 171K).

FOUR SCORE: The Yankees are 28-6 (.824) this season when holding their opponent to four-or-fewer runs, which is the third-best such record in the Majors (Toronto, 30-3, .909; and Texas, 27-5, .844).

STRIKEOUT MACHINE: RHP Dellin Betances is allowing just 6.61 baserunners/9.0IP (32.2IP, 15H, 9BB, 56K, 0HP), the second-best mark in the AL and fourth-best in the Majors… has recorded 56 of his 98 outs this season via strikeout, including 40 of his last 66 (since his last 3BF on 4/26)… is holding batters to a .135 (15-for-111) batting average this season… is second on the Yankees (including starters and relievers) in strikeouts (Tanaka-88).

Here are tonight’s lineups:

ATHLETICS (35-22)Coco Crisp CF
John Jaso C
Josh Donaldson 3B
Brandon Moss DH
Yoenis Cespedes LF
Jed Lowrie SS
Alberto Callaspo 1B
Craig Gentry RF
Eric Sogard 2B

Scott Kazmir LHP (6-2, 2.36)

YANKEES (29-27)Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter DH
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Yangervis Solarte 2B
Alfonso Soriano RF
Scott Sizemore 3B
John Ryan Murphy C
Brendan Ryan SS

Hiroki Kuroda RHP (4-3, 4.57)


Betances is a homegrown pitcher who , albeit, is a failed starter who never could stay healthy and always had control problems and put up mediocre numbers. At least he has reinvented himself and become a lights out reliever. The last few games are good reasons why this team can’t afford to trade away a lights out reliever like Betances and weaken a very average bullpen. Betances isn’t going anywhere.


Despite what that Lee-lover constantly says.


Warren and Phelps: this year’s Joba and Hughes. Can the Yankees develop any home grown pitching. Frankly, I’m starting to think the problem is Rothschild.


Frankly folks, and this is an understatement, this is NOT a very good team.


Ellsbury still batting 3? They need to move him back to 1 or 2 with Gardner at 1 or 9.


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