The big A’s news leading up to tonight’s game w/the Yankees involved Joey Devine, who is out for the season after undergoing elbow surgery. You can read about that at contracostatimes.com.
It looks like they’re going to squeeze tonight’s game in. There’s been overcast skies but no rain all day, though there are forecasts for rain later tonight. It’s not nearly as windy as last night, when the rain was blowing sideways across Yankee Stadium.
Eric Chavez is starting at third base and batting seventh in the lineup, the lowest he’s hit all season. Mark Ellis is hitting sixth, as manager Bob Geren pointed to his .500 lifetime average against Andy Pettitte (6-for-12). Nomar Garciaparra is out of the lineup again, though he was scheduled to take batting practice and throw. If his right calf responds well, Geren said Garciaparra’s return could come Friday at home against Tampa Bay, but probably not tomorrow afternoon here in New York.
As was expected, Josh Outman’s turn in the rotation is being skipped following Monday’s rainout. Brett Anderson will start tomorrow, as we knew yesterday, with Trevor Cahill going Friday, Dallas Braden on Saturday and Dana Eveland (tonight’s starter) going Sunday. Outman will pitch out of the bullpen for now, with his next start scheduled for May 2 at Seattle.
Today’s A’s lineup: Sweeney RF; Cabrera SS; Giambi 1B; Holliday LF; Cust DH; Ellis 2B; Chavez 3B; Suzuki C; Davis CF; Eveland P.
Yankees lineup: Jeter SS; Damon LF; Teixeira 1B; Posada C; Cano 2B; Swisher RF; Matsui DH; Ransom 3B; Gardner CF; Pettitte P.