American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, May 3rd
(All times eastern)
Oakland Athletics (16-13) at New York Yankees (17-10) 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Oakland - A.J. Griffin (2-2, 4.65)
New York - CC Sabathia (4-2, 3.35)
(Sports Network) - Injuries have hardly been able to slow the New York
Yankees, and on Friday they turn their attention to the visiting Oakland
Athletics for the opener of a three-game set at Yankee Stadium.
Both teams had Thursday off, but the Yankees may not have minded lacing up the
cleats given the way they have been playing of late. They are 6-1 so far on
their 10-game homestand after topping the Astros on Wednesday, 5-4.
A heads-up baserunning play by Lyle Overbay allowed Eduardo Nunez to score the
go-ahead run in the sixth inning, and Mariano Rivera later closed it out for
his 11th save. Ichiro Suzuki led off and went 2-for-4.
After a slow start, Ichiro has hit .419 (13-for-31) over his last eight games.
The injury-plagued Yankees are scrapping to get by with the likes of Mark
Teixeira, Curtis Granderson, Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter and Kevin Youkilis
all currently on the disabled list, among others. Nine of the team's last 11
wins have been by two runs or fewer.
Meanwhile, the A's are beginning a 10-game road trip that includes stops in
Cleveland and Seattle. They are coming off Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Angels,
which snapped a three-game win streak. The A's rallied with two runs in the
eighth inning but stranded a pair of baserunners in the ninth.
Also on Wednesday, Oakland placed outfielder Coco Crisp (strained left
hamstring) and starting pitcher Brett Anderson (sprained right ankle) on the
15-day disabled list. Both injuries occurred during Monday's marathon victory
over the Angels that lasted 19 innings.
Taking the mound for Oakland on Friday will be A.J. Griffin, who struck out
seven batters against the Orioles on Saturday but was done in by a four-run
"He pitched well pretty much every inning but one," manager Bob Melvin said.
"When you only score two runs and give up four in one inning, it's gonna end
up costing you. It shouldn't, one bad inning."
Griffin gave up seven runs at Boston in his previous start.
CC Sabathia gets the nod for the Pinstripers after finishing the month of
April with four victories, his winningest April ever. The left-hander has
pitched seven innings or more in five of his six starts. In his last outing,
Sabathia held the Blue Jays to three runs in eight innings despite giving up
nine hits. He retired each of his final nine batters faced.
"The way he competes when he doesn't have his (best) stuff is probably as
impressive as anything," manager Joe Girardi said. "That's how you become a
New York and Oakland split 10 meetings last season.
05/03 10:32:10 ET