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Yankees vs. Athletics preview: Can Nate be great by the Bay?

The Yankees are in danger of dropping a series against a last-place team. Can Eovaldi eek out a win in Oakland?

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Has there been a team this year that has had a more confusing week than the Yankees these past seven days? After sweeping AL-best Kansas City, New York headed west to take on AL-worst Oakland. While posing as an opportunity for the Yankees to get hot again, the series in Oakland has been brutal to this point. The A's have taken the first two games, and the Bombers are once again on the verge of falling to .500.

Nate Eovaldi takes the mound Saturday night for New York as they try to avoid a third straight defeat. The right-hander is coming off of perhaps his best start of the season, a seven-inning, one-run performance on Memorial Day against the Royals. This will be Eovaldi's third career start against Oakland and the first two haven't gone particularly well. Over 13 innings, he has posted a 5.54 ERA with just five strikeouts. Through his first nine starts this season, Eovaldi is 4-1 with a 4.27 ERA.

On the other side, Jesse Hahn starts for the A's, who are looking to stay hot. The 25-year old is coming off his first career complete game shutout, as he blanked the Tigers on Memorial Day. Hahn, who is in just his second season in the big leagues and spent last year with San Diego, has never pitched against the Yankees. Through nine starts, the promising righty is just 2-4 but has posted a very respectable 3.69 ERA in 53.2 innings pitched.

The Yankees should probably consider getting a win Saturday night in Oakland. First pitch is set for 10:05 EST and can be seen on YES.