The Yankees should have known that two runs were not going to be enough for them to beat the Oakland Athletics, one of the best teams in baseball this season, and sporting the league's best run differential. Two runs weren't enough to get the job done last night, just as were the case on Monday, and also on Sunday.
The Yankees have lost three in-a-row entering Wednesday night's matchup, and four of their last five over all. They've score just 10 runs in their last five games -- all at home -- and no more than five in any of those contests. The power hasn't been there either, with just five homeruns in their last 10 games.
Joe Girardi is running out pretty much the same lineup tonight as he used last night, minus Scott Sizemore, who was called up before Tuesday's game.
Mark Teixeira is in there for the second night in a row after missing two straight games because of wrist soreness. Teixeira picked up two hits last night, including a homerun, and drove in both of the Yankees' two runs against Scott Kazmir.
Tonight's lineup against Oakland:
- Brett Gardner LF
- Derek Jeter SS
- Jacoby Ellsbury CF
- Mark Teixeira 1B
- Brian McCann DH
- Yangervis Solarte 3B
- Brian Roberts 2B
- Ichiro Suzuki RF
- John Ryan Murphy C
Before tonight's game, the Yankees designated Alfredo Aceves for assignment -- finally making my wish come true of getting him out of town for the second time in his career -- and added Wade LeBlanc to the 40-man roster a day after claiming him off of waivers from the Los Angeles Angels. LeBlanc will take over as the long-relief man in the Yankees' bullpen, and occasionally as a second left-hander.
Additionally, RHP Jose Ramirez was called up from Triple-A Scranton, while Preston Claiborne was optioned back down to Triple-A Scranton after pitching last night against the A's.
Carlos Beltran went 1-for-5 in an extended spring training game today in Tampa, and Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters that Beltran was on his way back to New York today, and unless something happens in the next 24-hours, there is a good chance that Beltran could rejoin the Yankees' lineup against the A's on Thursday. However, he'll no longer be playing much right field, but instead spend most of his time as a DH. Beltran is in the first year of a three-year, $45 million contract.
Pitching matchup preview:
Vidal Nuno will get the ball for the Yankees tonight, looking to follow after Hiroki Kuroda's solid outing last night in which he gave up just one run on two hits over 6.2 innings. Nuno is trying to pitch six innings tonight for the fourth straight games.
Nuno took the loss in his last trip to the mound, giving up three runs in six-plus innings against the Twins, while striking out six on 101 pitches.
Jesse Chavez will go up against the Yankees tonight. He's facing an offense that is struggling to score runs right now, and is making most average pitchers look very good. Chavez was tagged for three runs in six inning against the Tigers in his last start, getting the loss. He has seven quality starts in 11 trips to the mound this season, his first as a big league starter.