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Yankees vs. Athletics Game Preview: Capuano looks to even out the series

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If you had to pick one pitcher to counter Sonny Gray, and you couldn't have bearded Joba Chamberlain, it'd have to be Chris Capuano, right?

Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

The Yankees stay at the O.CO Coliseum tonight for the second of an extended four game series. First pitch is scheduled for 10:05 p.m.

The Bombers will try to steal a win from the always-impressive Oakland starter Sonny Gray. The 25-year-old is coming off of back-to-back five inning outings, though he didn’t allow a run last time out against the Tampa Bay Rays. On the season Gray holds an American League leading 1.77 ERA and a WHIP of 1.00. He also has only allowed two home runs on the season, a possibly daunting omen for the long ball loving Yankees. Gray has almost no experience facing current Yankee batters (though Nathan Eovaldi has a sacrifice bunt against!). The matchup should be a tough one for the lost and now once again found Yankees’ bats.

To match the young ace New York will send out 36-year-old Chris Capuano, naturally. The southpaw is coming off of an 84 pitch 4 1/3 inning outing in which he gave up two earned runs on eight hits. In his only other start this season Capuano didn’t make it past the three-inning mark. However, hope still should be had at the possibility between a potentially great Yankee infield defense and Capuano’s ground ball rates. Personally, I have Capuano throwing a perfect game with 27 consecutive 6-3 putouts—carrying the Yankees over the Athletics 1-0, with the help of a ninth inning Nathan Eovaldi pinch hit home run. But that’s just me.