Everything seems magnified whenever the A’s play a series at Yankee Stadium. The ballpark is huge, the crowds are usually big, and the media turnout is like nothing we see in the Bay Area. Bob Geren had a wide circle of reporters around him for his pregame media address, and the questions covered a lot of areas — Trevor Cahill’s emergence as an All-Star, Henry Rodriguez’s potential as a future closer (Geren definitely sees it), Jack Cust’s major league career, Vin Mazzaro’s development, etc. … The A’s have lots of players with East Coast connections, so there are lots of angles to be covered when the A’s come to town.
–No Alex Rodriguez in the Yankees lineup, but first baseman Mark Teixeira is back from a bruised thumb. It’s still a pretty imposing bunch of hitters even with A-Rod on the DL. And who’s that hitting fifth? Former Athletic Nick Swisher, batting .294 with 24 homers and 75 RBIs. He’s hitting .359 with runners on base this season, third-best in the American League.
Cahill will have his work cut out, but I don’t expect him to get too rattled in his first start at Yankee Stadium. For being just 22, the kid’s as even-keeled as they come.
–Speaking of 22-year-olds, Brett Anderson (hyper-extended right knee) got through his side session fine and he’s set for Wednesday’s start.
The lineups … on a comfortable, low-humidity night in the Bronx
A’s — Crisp CF, Barton 1B, Suzuki C, Cust DH, Kouzmanoff 3B, Ellis 2B, Larish LF, Davis RF, Pennington SS; Cahill RHP.
Yankees — Gardner LF, Jeter SS, Teixeira 1B, Cano 2B, Swisher RF, Posada C, Thames DH, Granderson CF, Pena 3B; Moseley RHP.