The Oakland Athletics are looking to put the finishing touches on a three-game sweep over the New York Yankees Thursday afternoon, and a win would give them 11 home wins in a row with a 21-5 record dating back to May 17.
Jarrod Parker will be on the hill for Oakland, and the right-hander has recovered from a slow start to post wins in his last three outings, bringing his ERA down to a season-low 4.68 in the process. A win today would even his record at 6-6.
Hiroki Kuroda will oppose Parker on the mound, and he’ll be looking for his first win in nearly four weeks after going 0-3 with a no decision in his last four starts.
The A’s are without Coco Crisp and Yoenis Cespedes for the second straight game as the outfielders are being held out to nurse minor leg injuries.
While Oakland is always a more dangerous hitting team with the two in the lineup, their absence hasn’t been an issue so far against New York, and with Brandon Moss and Derek Norris contributing homers in the first two games along with contributing efforts from the likes of Nate Freiman and John Jaso, the offense has kept rolling.
One trend the A’s will hope to reverse today is their lack of success in day games. Oakland’s 11-14 record this season is the third-worst in the AL, and Oakland’s pitchers will have to be careful on a warm day at the Coliseum when the ball will be sure to carry farther than normal. The Yankees haven’t homered in a season-high five games, so they’ll be eager to take advantage of any mistakes to get the offense going.
1. J. Jaso DH
2. S. Smith LF
3. J. Lowrie SS
4. J. Donaldson 3B
5. B. Moss 1B
6. J. Reddick RF
7. C. Young CF
8. E. Sogard 2B
9. D. Norris C