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Brett Gardner leads the Yankees into Oakland

Everything’s coming up Brett Gardner right now, which isn’t a bad thing for the Yankees. He enters play tonight coming off his first-ever selection as the American League Player of the Week, and said that it has been huge for him to feel no discomfort in his right elbow after missing most of last season due to injury.

“I don’t really worry about the results  as much as just being able to stay healthy and stay on the field,” Gardner said. “My elbow has felt great the whole year. I was a little concerned about that just because at the end of the season last year I didn’t get many at-bats with it.

“I always wondered in the off-season how it was going to feel, but it’s felt great. I’ve been healthy so I  can’t complain. The team’s playing well and we’re having fun.”

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that it has been a treat to be able to write Gardner’s name in the lineup as the leadoff hitter each night.

“He’s just been locked in. He’s really swinging the bat,” Girardi said. “He’s been a force at the top of our order, he’s playing very good defense and running the bases. He’s been locked in; what you don’t want is that off-day to get in the way of that.”

CC Sabathia is on the mound tonight for the Yanks (37-26) as they face the A’s (38-27) and former teammate Bartolo Colon. First pitch is scheduled for 10:05 p.m. ET and the game can be seen on YES.

The Yankees are 6-0 vs. past Cy Young Award winners this season (including a win on May 4 over Colon). Sabathia will make his third such start tonight against a former Cy Young Award winner, having defeated Justin Verlander on April 7 at Comerica Park and earning a no-decision in a Yankees win on May 14 vs. Felix Hernandez.

Game 128: Yankees vs. A’s

The start of today’s game is going to be delayed by rain, but Joe Girardi said that the Yankees expect there to be a window to get this one in.

Less promising, however, is the weekend forecast in Baltimore. The Yankees apparently discussed moving Saturday’s scheduled day-night doubleheader up to Friday, but the Orioles shot that idea down.

Thus, with a hurricane approaching the East Coast, the Yankees have five games scheduled for four days and no idea how many will actually get played. We’ll wait a while if necessary today; the A’s are taking the train to Boston and the Yankees will ride the rails to Baltimore.

Here are the lineups:

August 25, 2011 – Yankee Stadium — 1:05 p.m. ET (YES/MLB Network, WCBS 880 AM)

Jemile Weeks 2B
Coco Crisp CF
Hideki Matsui DH
Josh Willingham LF
Brandon Allen 1B
David DeJesus RF
Cliff Pennington SS
Anthony Recker C
Scott Sizemore 3B

Pitching: Rich Harden RHP (4-2, 3.91)

YANKEES (77-50)
Derek Jeter DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez SS
Brett Gardner LF

Pitching: Phil Hughes RHP (4-4, 5.75)

Derek Jeter passes Rod Carew, ties Rickey Henderson

With an infield single in the first inning on Wednesday, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter surpassed Rod Carew on baseball’s all-time hits list with 3,054, then equaled Rickey Henderson for 21st place with a third-inning RBI single.

Jeter tied Carew with a 3-for-3 performance in Tuesday’s 6-5 loss to the Oakland Athletics. Jeter tied the Hall of Fame infielder by legging out a ball hit to second base off righty Trevor Cahill.

As Jeter was approaching his 3,000th hit, Carew said that he has cheered for the Yankees captain from afar for some time.

“I’m a Derek Jeter fan,” Carew said. “I’ve watched this young man play since Day 1. I’ve always enjoyed the way he has played the game. When you go out there every day and you’re consistent, good things happen. That’s what has happened to Derek over the years as a hitter in the big leagues. He’s been a consistent player, a consistent hitter.”

Henderson had a 25-year big league career, logging 513 of those hits with the Yankees from 1985-89.

Game 127: Yankees vs. A’s

August 24, 2011 – Yankee Stadium — 7:05 p.m. ET (YES, WCBS 880 AM)

Jemile Weeks 2B
Coco Crisp CF
Hideki Matsui LF
Josh Willingham DH
Brandon Allen 1B
Conor Jackson RF
Kurt Suzuki C
Cliff Pennington SS
Scott Sizemore 3B

Pitching: Trevor Cahill RHP (9-12, 4.17)

YANKEES (77-49)
Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Francisco Cervelli C

Pitching: CC Sabathia LHP (17-7, 2.96)

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