The Yanks last lost three consecutive games in that Chicago series more than two weeks ago.
Our ace will take the mound trying to prevent another one against New Jersey-native Vinny Mazzaro. The rookie faced the Bombers last month, and got hammered for six runs in 4.1 innings. Since then, he hasn't fared much better, pitching to a 7.59 ERA in four starts.
On the other side, CC Sabathia is probably having his best stretch of the season. He's allowed one run in his last two starts (15.2 ip, 19 K, 4 BB, .57 WHIP). However, the A's are his nemesis - of teams he's faced at least five times, only the Rockies and Yankees have hit him better than Oakland (6.09 career ERA, 5.91 this year in two games).
08/18/09 10:05 PM EDT
|New York Yankees||Oakland Athletics|
|Derek Jeter - SS||Adam Kennedy - 3B|
|Johnny Damon - LF||Rajai Davis - CF|
|Mark Teixeira - 1B||Kurt Suzuki - C|
|Alex Rodriguez - 3B||Scott Hairston - LF|
|Hideki Matsui - DH||Nomar Garciaparra - 1B|
|Jorge Posada - C||Mark Ellis - 2B|
|Robinson Cano - 2B||Tommy Everidge - DH|
|Nick Swisher - RF||Ryan Sweeney - RF|
|Melky Cabrera - CF||Cliff Pennington - SS|