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A’s go for rare series victory over Yankees

The temperature has taken a small dip today, and there’s even a chance of rain for the A’s-Yankees series finale ….

The A’s would take the series with a victory, and it would be significant. They’ve dropped nine straight series to the Yankees, an Oakland record for most consecutive series lost against any team.

The morning’s news …

–Tyson Ross will make a rehab start for Triple-A Sacramento today, throwing 65-70 pitches. His role once he’s activated from the DL is TBA (starting or relieving?), and I’d think the decision is tied to A) how Guillermo Moscoso continues performing in the rotation, and B) which pitchers (if any) are dealt before the trade deadline. If Moscoso has another shaky outing or two, perhaps the A’s swap in Ross for that rotation spot. I can’t see Ross replacing any of the current relievers unless someone is traded.  He could also join Sacramento’s rotation.

–Scott Sizemore gets a day off, with Eric Sogard playing third and batting ninth. Cliff Pennington, 11 for 27 over his past seven games, moves up to eighth.

–Interesting note from Elias: Hideki Matsui has hit 32 percent of his major league home runs (54 of 169) off left-handed pitchers. That’s the highest percentage among the 62 left-handed hitters with 50 or more career homers.

The lineups:

A’s — Weeks 2B, Crisp CF, Matsui DH, Willingham LF, DeJesus RF, Jackson 1B, Suzuki C, Pennington SS, Sogard 3B; Gonzalez LHP.

Yankees — Jeter DH, Granderson CF, Teixeira 1B, Cano 2B, Swisher RF, Martin C, Jones LF, Nunez SS, Laird 3B; Colon RHP.

Joe Stiglich

  • Stan

    Its 3-2 Yanks,I go water the Tomatos…come back and its 6-2. Even Gio can’t shake the Gorilla.
    On the plus side, my Tomatos are getting RED! whoo-hoo.

  • wesley strzegowski

    Stan…They are all burned out from the brusing of Cahill Friday. Time to tune the A’s out and get ready for next year. Losing 2 of 3 to yanks confirms the inability to win a series against a good club. Let’s be honest with this team …they suck.

    Hopefully, the call ups will get plenty of playing time. I’m afraid the era of greatness is over for the A’s.

  • Stan

    Hi Wes, Kipe2 and Ray Fosse were talking about some trades..scary that the only good players the A’s have they brought up like Willingham. That’s Beane’s way-play Santa to the other G.M.s in baseball.

  • Stan

    Sweeney-stupid to be doubled off for the last out of the game. -he was only on first!. And twice the A’s only made it to third on basehits with the A’s runners at second-two runs given away. 15 hits..and lose.

  • Jan K Oski

    Wes, It could be worse, a la the Mariners where ownership waste a whole lotta money on crappy talent. I’d rather follow a team with potential like the A’s after Beane sends the old fellas packing to greener pastures. Also, greatness was dead a long time ago, when the Giants started the trend of huge salaries with Barry Bonds. Then, they started a new trend of dumping huge amounts of money on iffy talent a la Zito. Hence, I’d love for fans to jump ship for this reason of out-of-control spending, but it will never happen, since people need a distraction from their mundane lives. Sadly, it is making a bigger gap between the haves and havenots. There’s my 2 cents, why people shouldn’t go to games. Send a clear message to the Commish that his friend in Oakland can’t make money, if they continue business as usual.

  • Stan

    Wollf is a mobster,with his Slick Billy. Listen to him and its clear he’s playing Oakland ,fans,for maximum dollars with the least effort to win. He says he’s Waiting for his best bud commish to rule..then defends Selig for now going into three years of no ruling! Would you defend a bank for making you wait three years for a loan that would change your life? No,of course not-and thats what makes Wolff’s need to move a cover story. If Wolff and the Fishers really are so frustrated, they sure dont seem to be willing to change things or sell-do they?

  • Jan K Oski

    Stan, Excuse me for the interuption, but Wolff did complain a few months ago about dragging on of things. However, what does Wolff gain, if he seeks to win public opinion? Is it going to change Selig’s mind? Here’s an answer. Mt. Selig wasn’t moved when certain Congressmen threatened to remove baseball’s privileged anti-trust laws due to the steriod scandal. The best thing for the MLB is for the government to remove such a clause. Unfortunately, Americans don’t see the root of the problem, so it won’t happen.

  • Stan

    Jan-part of my point is-those are false complaints by now. More a cover story to keep the MLB revenue welfare in his pocket. Its just common sense by now that IF this decision he claims is as all important to him,then WHY? WHY? did he snap at Chris Townsend in defense of Selig taking his time and giving Lou at least a deadline? Incredibly, Wolf shot back at Townsend “Why would he?” “He’s busy with baseball first and I respect that” WHAT???
    Any lawyer worth his salt could draw out Wolff as a liar.
    Oh,yeah sure..If taxpayers and cities gave Wolf a half or three quarters of a billion in funding..for free. ALL a cover story.
    I,like Ray Ratto know-If Wolff wanted to build in San Jose out of pocket Jerry Jones style in San Jose..he’s welcome to do it.
    No,he and the Fisher family like and have enjoyed this near decade of $300 million in profits off the A’s with nothing but adding a tarp as out of pocket expenses!

  • Stan

    And what does it say that the FISHERS who are want to portray themselves as great philanthops in order to plaster the name of the greedy family in local museums in an absurd way…have nothing of themselves at the Coloseum?
    Lets nominate the backed up toilets at the coliseum in honor of them! almost name brand sounding-Fisher cheap priced toilets..
    Don’t get me started…

  • wesley strzegowski

    After reading your inputs. it’s a mess in Oakland with owners trying to manipulate the local fans.

  • wesley strzegowski

    Guys, do we have some good players in the minors? I looked at the roosters @ triple A and double A and could not find any with outstanding stats. Do you see it the same way?

  • Stan

    ..And the tarp was a tax write off!

  • Jan K Oski

    Sorry for the delay, Wes. No, there aren’t any prospects who can be plugged into the MLB team to give it hope at this point. Oh wait, we’re talking about pitchers, right? Seriously, the A’s are plagued with some bizaar injury bug, and ownership can’t be blamed for it… of course, the head trainer hasn’t done enough to keep the team healthy for several years, so another poster will beg to differ… I think the A’s are cursed with the Raiders due to Mt. Davis.

  • wesley strzegowski

    Jan …thanks for update on farm system. Nice to see the A’s win a few games.