Oakland A’s podcast with Joey Friedman: Home sweet Home Run as Yanks edge A’s 4-3 in the Bronx

sfgate.com photo: New York Yankees’ DJ LeMahieu hits the game-winning walk-off home run in the 11th inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, in New York.

On the A’s podcast with Joey:

#1 A’s almost pulled off another win at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, but the Yankees were on a mission. After getting swept in the Yankees last meeting with the A’s and dropping the first game of the series the Bronx Bombers were not allowing it to happen in game two of the series as they pulled off a 4-3 11th inning win to tie the series.

#2 DJ LeMahieu hit the game-winning blast and walked off with the game-winning hit. LeMahieu is one of many key players who have been heroic in some of the Yankees wins this season.

#3 The A’s came into New York and after sweeping the Yankees in three in Oakland, and you have to know after losing the first game to open this series, the Yankees were saying no more.

#4 The Yanks’ Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez each homered and Judge made a catch to rob the A’s Matt Chapman of a home run in the top of the 10th.

#5 Oakland A’s pitcher Sean Manaea (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will get a start his first appearance since last season. He’ll be matched up against New York Yankees starter J.A. Happ (11-8, 5.57 ERA) for the finale of the series at Yankee Stadium.

Join Joey for the A’s podcasts each Sunday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Yanks get four big flies–LeMahieu, Judge, and Sanchez (2), edge A’s 4-3 in 11

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By Jessica Kwong

NEW YORK — The Oakland Athletics lost to the New York Yankees for the first time this season on Saturday afternoon, 4-3 in 11 innings, after DJ LeMahieu hit a home run on Lou Trivino’s first pitch in the 11th inning.

Trevino allowed no runs in two innings before throwing a fastball that LeMahieu hit right field out of the ballpark, his second walk-off hit of the season.

A’s manager Bob Melvin said he has seen signs of Trivino and pitcher Blake Treinen, who allowed no runs in the ninth inning, “pitching better recently” and “hopefully it’s a trend.”

The Yankees gained momentum in the first inning when Gary Sanchez hit a home run on a fly ball to left field for a 1-0 lead.

Oakland responded in the fourth inning when Matt Olson hit a homer on a fly ball to right center field, and Matt Chapman scored, putting the A’s up 2-1. But in the fifth inning, Sanchez hit another home run on a fly ball to right center field to tie the game at 2-2.

The A’s took a 3-2 lead in the seventh inning when Chapman doubled on a line drive to left field, allowing Robbie Grossman to score. New York evened the score at 3-3 in the eight inning when Aaron Judge hit a home run off Joakim Soriaon on a fly ball to right field, and the game went into extra innings. All of New York’s runs were solo home runs.

“That was kind of the theme of the game today—solo shots,” A’s starting pitcher Homer Bailey said.

Oakland left 15 players on base and was 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position. A’s manager Bob Melvin did not think (too bad).

“You leave 15 on, it comes back to bite you at some time,” Melvin said. “But you know what, we came back and the lead and were one pitch away from going into the ninth inning with it and Chappie’s ball, unless you have a 10-foot outfielder in right field, it probably goes out.”

Melvin concluded “it’s a game of inches today,” and, “sometimes they don’t come through, most times here recently, they do.”

A’s batter Mark Canha said the bullpen gave them opportunities and “we just couldn’t do it.”

“We just have to have some better at-bats tomorrow because I felt like we were just bon the cusp of breaking it open a few times,” Canha said. “We just needed that one hit and it didn’t work out unfortunately.”

The A’s beat the Yankees 3-0 in Oakland and won Friday night at Yankee Stadium. The A’s (78-57) and Yankees (89-48) play the last game of the series, tied at 1-1, Sunday with first pitch at 1:05 p.m. ET.

Seth Brown makes statement as A’s rout Yankees 8-2

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By Jessica Kwong

NEW YORK — The Oakland Athletics got off to a good start for Labor Day weekend Friday night by beating the New York Yankees 8-2, for the fourth time this season, with big plays by Jurickson Profar and Seth Brown.

Profar hit a homer off C.C. Sebathia in the second inning, giving the A’s a 1-0 lead. In the fourth inning, Austin Romine hit the ball toward Marcus Semien who threw it to Profar, but Profar struggled with footwork and allowed a Yankees run. It was initially called a double play but overturned after the review showed Romine was safe.

“I took my foot off the base a little early, but it was a tough play because it was a slow roller,” Profar said. “It was the only play I had. Now, with the replay, they’re going to call that safe.” But Profar redeemed himself in the sixth inning with a two-run double that gave the A’s a 4-2 lead.

Brown, called up Monday by the A’s from Triple-A Las Vegas, contributed two RBI singles.

“I’m just happy I’m out here and pulling my weight,” Brown said. He is the first player to get 10 hits in his first five games since Spook Jacobs did for the Philadelphia A’s in 1954.

A’s pitcher Brett Anderson allowed two runs and a double play in six innings.

Yankees pitcher Sabathia was pulled after only three innings due to right knee discomfort.

The A’s now trail the Cleveland Indians by only a half-game for the top AL wild card.

Oakland swept the Yankees in a three-game series last week. The Yankees lead the AL East. The series at Yankee Stadium continues Saturday and Sunday, with first pitch for both at 1:05 p.m. ET.

A’s manager Bob Melvin is not underestimating the Yankees.

“You know what, we just played some good games against them,” Melvin said. “I mean we’ve got two more to go. It’s a really good team, they play great at home. They’re a challenge, big challenge.”

A’s beat Yankees 5-3, earn three-game sweep

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By Jerry Feitelberg

OAKLAND — The Oakland A’s beat the New York Yankees Thursday night 5-3 to sweep the three-game series. The A’s have now won seven of the last nine games. They took three out of four from the Astros and split the two-game series in San Francisco with the Giants.

A’s starter Tanner Roark won his eighth game of the year. Roark is now 2-1 with the A’s since coming here at the trade deadline. He went 6 1/3 innings allowing two runs and seven hits. Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka took the loss. Tanaka’s record drops to 9-7. His line was six innings pitched, eight hits, and five runs.

The A’s put three on the board in the bottom of the first. Marcus Semien led off with a double to right to start the rally. Tanaka walked Robbie Grossman and Matt Chapman to load the bases with no out. A’s first baseman Matt Olson reached on a fielder’s choice. Semien scored on the play, and Grossman advanced to third. Olson went to second on a wild pitch. Mark Canha singled to drive in Grossman and Olson to give the A’s a 3-0 lead.

Robbie Grossman led off the third with a triple to left field. He scored on Matt Chapman’s single. Chapman went to second on Matt Olson’s single. Canha reached on a fielder’s choice. Chapman went to third. Olson was out at second. Stephen Piscotty reached on a fielder’s choice. Chapman scored to give the A’s a 5-0 lead.

The Yankees scored their first run of the game in the fifth. With one out, Gleyber Torres doubled. He scored on Mike Tauchman’s single. Roark retired the next two hitters. The A’s lead 5-1 midway through the fifth.

With one out in the top of the seventh, Yankees’ second baseman Gleyber Torres hit a 400-foot home run over the wall in left center field. It was Torres’ 30th of the year. A’s manager Bob Melvin removed Roark from the game. Jake Diekman was the new A’s pitcher, and he retired both hitters he faced to end the inning. The A’s led 5-2 halfway through the seventh.

The Yankees got their third run of the game in the top of the ninth. Joakim Soria was in to close out the game for Oakland. He retired the first two hitters. The next hitter, Gleyber Torres, blasted his second home run of the night to make it 5-3. It was Torres’ 31st homer of the year. Soria struck out Mike Tauchman to end the game. The A’s swept the Yankees.

Game Notes: The A’s used four pitchers to subdue the Yankees. Jake Diekman, Lou Trivino, and Joakim Soria followed Roark to the mound Thursday night. In four starts with the A’s Roark has struck out 7+ hitters twice, He threw a wild pitch in the second inning. It was his first wild pitch in 129.0 innings. The last one occurred on July 3rd, 2018, against Boston.

The A’s won their fourth game of the year in which they did not hit a home run. Mark Canha led the A’s offense with two hits and two runs batted in.  Canha extended his hitting streak to seven games. He is hitting .354 (23-for-65) with two home runs, 12 RBI, and eight walks in 17 games in August.  He is hitting .429 (12-for-28) during his hitting streak and .458 (11-for-24) this homestand. Robbie Grossman also had two hits for Oakland.

The Yankees’ attack was led by Gleyber Torres. Torres had four hits. He had a single, double, and two home runs. The A’s held the other Yankee hitters under control.

The A’s improve to 74-53. They are tied with the Tampa Bay Rays for the first Wild Card. The Indians lost again to the New York Mets, and they trail both teams by 1/2 game.

Time of game was two hours and 51 minutes. 24,750 fans were on hand to watch the A’s complete the sweep.

Up Next: The A’s are off on Friday. They host the San Francisco Giants on Saturday and Sunday. Chris Bassitt (9-5, 3.61 ERA) will pitch for Oakland. The Giants will send Madison Bumgarner (8-8, 3.72 ERA) to the hill. Bumgarner beat the A’s last week in San Francisco.

Headline Sports podcast with Tony Renteria: Kings to open preseason in India Oct. 4th; Yanks-A’s series could be a maker-breaker for A’s in wild card; plus more

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On Headline Sports podcast with Tony Renteria:

#1 The Sacramento Kings will be opening up their first preseason game on October 4th and you will be joining your broadcast colleagues for Kings coverage Jeremiah Salmonson, London Marq, Morris Phillips and Jeremy Harness for complete coverage of Kings basketball.

#2 That October 4th game will be played in Mumbai, India. It will be the Kings’ first preseason game in India and has to be very special for Kings managing partner Vivek Ranadive.

#3 The Oakland A’s have played some very exciting ball. They took three out of four from the Houston Astros and took the first two games from the New York Yankees at the Oakland Coliseum. This has turned out to be a very interesting series.

#4 The Oakland Raiders have won two of their first two preseason games and head coach Jon Gruden said this team will deliver “you can bet on that” The Raiders play preseason week three in Winnipeg against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday Night Football.

#5 The talking head, the critics, and talk show hosts have said the 49ers offense is struggling and they showed signs of that against the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football this week. 49ers starter Jimmy Garoppolo had three on completed passes out of six and zero yards. Was this a matter of Jimmy G just not prepared or just rusty coming off the knee injury?

Tony does Headline Sports each Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Oakland A’s podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: A’s go for it tonight as there’s a chance to sweep Yanks at Coliseum

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On the Oakland A’s podcast with Jerry Feitelberg:

#1 With the Oakland Raiders playing just one preseason game in the Oakland Coliseum surface, the outfield always gets scuffed up. How much of a role does that play in the A’s injuries?

#2 The A’s have three players that were out due to injuries that are back in the lineup: First baseman Matt Olson (hand), DH Khris Davis (oblique), right fielder Stephen Piscotty (knee), and center-fielder Ramon Laureano (shin). Laureano was not in the lineup on Wednesday night against the New York Yankees.

#3 The A’s starting pitcher from Wednesday night Mike Fiers has one of the best records in the American League and pitched against the Yankees. Tell us about how Fiers does it all season long.

#4 We’ve talked about Chad Pinder has just about done it all covering for open positions and has pulled it off. Talk about how valuable Pinder has been for Oakland.

#5 The starters for Thursday for the Yankees Masahiro Tanaka (9-6, 4.56 ERA) for the Oakland A’s Tanner Roark (7-8, 4.01 ERA) to conclude the series in Oakland.

Join Jerry each Thursday for the A’s podcast at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

A’s win a thriller vs. Yankees 6-4

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By Jerry Feitelberg

OAKLAND — The Oakland A’s won a thriller Wednesday night as they beat the New York Yankees for the second night in a row by a score of 6-4.

The Yankees, with a lineup of power hitters, made a run late in the game. The A’s have power hitters, too and Khris Davis, Marcus Semien, and Stephen Piscotty all went deep. The A’s bullpen met the challenge as they did the job and recorded the win for the A’s.

Mike Fiers started for Oakland, Fiers went 5 1/3 innings and allowed six hits and two runs. He was credited with the win, and he is now 12-3 for the year. The Yankees left, J.A. Happ, took the loss and he is now 10-8.

The Yankees jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the second. Yanks shortstop Didi Gregorius led off with a double. Fiers retired Gleyber Torres for the first out. Mike Tauchman, player center-field for the Yanks, singled to drive in Gregorius. Fiers retired the next two hitters to end the threat. The A’s, as they did Tuesday night, scored twice in their half of the second. Stephen Piscotty led off with a single. A’s DH Khris Davis, who has been mired in a horrible slump, hit his 18th of the year over the fence in right field to give the A’s a 2-1 advantage.

The A’s put two more on the board in the third. Josh Phegley walked to start the inning. A’s shortstop Marcus Semien blasted his 22nd home run of the year to put the A’s up 4-1 after three complete.

The A’s sent Happ to the showers in the fifth. Jurickson Profar led off with a double. Happ hit Phegley with a pitch to put two men on with no out. Happ walked Semien to load the bases. Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone decided to make a pitching change. He brought in righty Chad Green to pitch. Green got Matt Chapman and Matt Olson to foul out. Mark Canha reached on an infield single to drive in Profar with the fifth run of the game for Oakland. Green retired Chad Pinder on a ground out to short.

The Yankees added a run in the sixth. Fiers struck out the first hitter, Gary Sanchez. The next three hitters Gio Urshela, Didi Gregorius, and Gleyber Torres all singled to load the bases. A’s manager Bob Melvin went to his bullpen and brought in lefty Jake Diekman to face the left-handed hitter Mike Tauchman. Diekman got Tauchman to fly out to left. Urshela scored on the play. Melvin removed Diekman, and Yusmeiro Petit was brought in to face Cameron Maybin. Petit struck out Maybin for the final out. The A’s upped the lead to four in their half of the sixth. Stephen Piscotty led off with an opposite field solo homer that barely made it over the wall in right field. It was Piscotty’s 13 th big fly of the season. The A’s lead 6-2 after six.

Yankees DH Mike Ford led off the seventh with his 5th round-tripper of the year to make it 6-3. The Yanks plated another run to make it 6-4. With two out, Gary Sanchez singled. He went to third on Urshela’s single to right. Didi Gregorius doubled to drive in Sanchez. Blake Treinen was able to get Gleyber Torres to ground out for the final out.

The Yankees threatened in the top of the eighth. Bob Melvin brought in rookie A.J.Puk to make his major league debut. Puk, who can hit 100 miles per hour on the speed gun, walked Mike Tauchman to start the inning. Jurickson Profar made a sensational catch on a bloop hit off Cameron Maybin’s bat for the first out. Puk, facing lefty Mike Ford, gave up a single. Tauchman went to third when right fielder Chad Pinder misplayed the ball. Melvin brought in his closer Liam Hendriks to get the A’s out of the jam. Hendriks did his job as he struck out DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge to end the threat. Hendriks retired the Yankees in order in the ninth to preserve the win for Oakland. The A’s won 6-4.

Game Notes: With the win, the A’s improve to 73-53. They remain tied with the Tampa Bay Rays for the second Wild Card. They did, however, pick up a game on the Cleveland Indians in the race for the first Wild Card.  The Indians lost to the New York Mets for the second night in a row. The Rays and A’s are both just 1/2 game behind the Indians.

The A’s A.J. Puk made his Major League debut in the eighth inning. The fans gave him a tremendous ovation as he entered from the bullpen. Puk went 1/3 of an inning and gave up a walk and a hit.

A’s manager Bob Melvin hit a new milestone in his managerial career. With the win. Melvin recorded his 1200th win as a big league manager. Quite an achievement.

Liam Hendriks was credited with his 15th save of the year. Hendriks retired all five hitters he faced.

The A’s line score was six, runs, six hits and one error. The A’s left three on base.

The Yankees’ line was four runs, 11 hits and no errors. 10 men were stranded on base.

Time of game was three hours and two minutes. Most of the 22,017 people in the stands were A’s fans who went home happy. Meanwhile, the Yankee fans went home wondering what hit them.

Up Next: Game three of the series will be played Thursday night at the Oakland Coliseum. The A’s will have Tann Roark doing the pitching. Roark is 7-8 with an ERA of 4.01. He will be opposed by the Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka. Tanaka is 9-6, and his ERA is 4.56. Game time will be at 6:07 pm.

A’s take game 1 vs. Yankees 6-2

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By Jerry Feitelberg

OAKLAND — The Oakland A’s, behind the pitching of Homer Bailey, beat the New York Yankees 6-2 Tuesday night at the Oakland Coliseum. The Yankees came to town with the best record in the American League. They were 40 games over the .500 mark with a record of 83-43. The A’s were unfazed. They had won three out of four from the Houston Astros, and they felt that they can compete with the best. They did just that as Bailey and three relievers (Yusmeiro Petit, Joakim Sori, and Liam Hendriks) held the vaunted Yankee juggernaut to only two runs.

The Yankees grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first. With two out, Yankees’ DH Gary Sanchez blasted his 29th of the year. The ball left the park as if shot from a cannon. The exit velocity was 112 mph as it went over the 388-foot mark in left-center-field. Gio Urshela and Didi Gregorius singled, but Bailey retired Gleyber Torres for the third out. The lead didn’t last long as the A’s put a three-spot on the board in their half of the first. With one out Robbie Grossman worked German for a free pass. Matt Chapman then struck out. A’s first baseman swung at German’s first pitch and sent it into the stands in right field to give the A’s the lead 2-1. Mark Canha increased the advantage to 3-1 when he hit an opposite field home run. It was the 11th time this year that the A’s hit back-to-back home runs. For Olson, it was his 26th of the year, and for Canha, it was his 19th.

The A’s plated a run in the bottom of the second. With two out, A’s catcher Chris Herrmann singled. Marcus Semien blasted a double down the left-field line that allowed Herrmann to score all the way from first. Semien was caught in a rundown as he tried to advance to third on the throw home. A’s lead 4-1 after two.

The A’s put two more on the board in the sixth. Matt Olson led off with a single. He went to third on a double by Mark Canha. German struck out Khris Davis for the first out. Stephen Piscotty’s single drove in Olson with the A’s fifth run. Canha scored when Yankees’ left-fielder Cameron Maybin committed a fielding error. The A’s now led 6-1.

The Yankees’ Aaron Judge sent Joakim Soria’s first pitch 467 feet into the seats in left-field. The exit velocity was an astounding 116 mph. Soria gave up a single but struck out three Yankees to retire the side. The A’s failed to score in the bottom of the eighth. They led 6-2 heading into the ninth.

The A’s closer Liam Hendriks gave up a two-out double to Mike Tauchaman in the ninth. Hendriks retired DJ LeMahahieu for the final out to secure the win for Oakland. The A’s won 6-2.

Game Notes: Homer Bailey improved to 11-8 for the year with the win. He went 5 2/3 innings and allowed seven hits and one run. Bailey struck out a season-high eight batters. Yankees starter Domingo German’s record dropped to 16-3.

The A’s offense was paced by Matt Olson and Mark Canha. Olson had a two-run homer and a single in the game. Canha had a homer and a double. A’s DH Khris Davis had another tough night. Davis earned a “Golden Sombrero” as he struck out four times. Davis has hit just one home run since being injured in Pittsburgh.

The Yankees’ Gary Sanchez now has 99 career home runs. Gio Urshela was 2-for-4. Urshela has reached base safely in 24 of his last 25 games and is hitting .437  with 23 runs, 12 doubles, nine home runs, and 21 RBIs over that stretch. The Yankees have hit a Major League-high 49 home runs this month and have hit multiple home runs in 14 of their last 19 games.

The A’s line score was six runs, nine hits, and no errors. The Yankees’ line was two runs, 11 hits, and one error. The error allowed Canha to score an unearned run in the sixth inning.

The A’s improved to 72-53. They picked up a game on the Tampa Bay Rays, and they are now tied for the second Wild Card. The Cleveland Indians lost to the New York Mets Tuesday night and the A’s trail them by just 1 1/2 games for the first Wild Card. If the A’s were to be the first Wild Card, the one-game playoff between the two Wild Cards would be played in Oakland.

Time of game was two hours and 49 minutes. 21,471 fans were on hand to see the A’s take the opener of the three-game set.

Up Next: Game two of the three-game series will be played Wednesday night in Oakland. The A’s Mike Fiers (11-3, 3.46 ERA) will be on the hill, and he will be opposed by the Yankees’ lefty J.A. Happ (10-7, 5.40 ERA). The game will start at 7:07 pm.

Preview of the A’s vs. Yankees series

By Jerry Feitelberg

Oakland- The Oakland A’s will start a three-game series with the New York Yankees beginning Tuesday night at the Oakland Coliseum. The A’s and Yankees are both iconic franchises. Each franchise has a storied past. The Yankees, with 40 AL pennants and 27 World Series crowns, are seeking to add another pennant and championship to that list this year. The Yankees have the best record  (83-43) in the American League and own a 9 and 1/2 game lead over the Tampa Bay Ray for the AL East title. The A’s are in second place in the AL West with a record of 71-53. The A’s are trail the Rays by 1 and 1/2 games in the race for the second Wild Card. The A’s, if they continue to play well, could catch the Indians and win the first Wild Card. They trail Cleveland by 2 and 1/2 games.

Anytime the Yankees are in Oakland, there are usually above average crowds in attendance. Both teams have a lot to play for. The Yankees want to have the best record so that they will have home-field advantage throughout the AL playoffs. The A’s want to win to gain ground on Tampa Bay and Cleveland.

One of the great stories of this season has been the success of the Yankees on the field. They have had so many injuries to key players. Yet, they somehow have been able to have the best record in the AL. The replacement players have stepped up and done the job. They did make one acquisition in the off-season that has helped them immensely. D.J. LeMahaieu joined the Yankees after a stellar career with the Colorado Rockies. LeMahieu is leading the league in hitting, and if he wins the batting title, he will be the first player to have won the title in the American and National leagues.

The Yankees injury list is loaded with stars. Third baseman Miguel Andujar, who was second in the balloting for Rookie of the Year last year, is on the 60 day-IL and is out for the season. First baseman Greg Bird, Reliever Dellin Betances, outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, and starter Luis Severino are all on the 60-day IL. Severino may pitch again this year but not before September. The Yanks have four other players of note on the 10-day IL. Their DH, Edwin Encarnacion is out with a fractured right wrist. Aaron Hicks has a flexor strain in his right arm, and no date has been set for his return. Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, who hit 59 home runs two years ago for Miami, has a PCL strain in his right knee. Stanton has missed most of the season, and he may be back this year. First baseman Luke Voit is out with a sports hernia. He might be back in late August.

Even with all those injuries, New York is still loaded with talent. The Yankees have four infielders that play like All-Stars. Shortstop Didi Gregorius, who missed significant time due to an arm injury that required Tommy John Surgery, is hitting.261 with 11 homers and 38 RBIs since coming back. LeMahuie is hitting .339 and has 21 dingers and 86 ribbies. Second baseman Glyber Torres, who share second base with LeMahuie, has a batting average of .282 and he had hit 29 out of the park and knocked in seventy-three. Gio Urshela, who was penciled in as a backup infielder, has made sitting him on the bench impossible. Urshela is hitting .336 and has homered 18 times. Mike Ford is playing first base in place of Luke Voit and Greg Bird.

The outfield is manned by Brett Gardner in center-field. Garner, who is 35, still has a lot of speed and is a dangerous hitter. His average is .254, and he has hit 17 homers and driven in 50. Right field is handled by Aaron Judge. Aaron, who is from Northern California, missed a lot of playing time this year due to injury. He is back now, and he is a home run threat every time he steps to the plate. Cameron Maybin and Mike Tauchman will be in the outfield depending on which pitcher the A’s choose to pitch.

The catching is shared by Gary Sanchez and Austin Romine. Sanchez is like Judge, He is a home run threat every time he comes up to hit. He is not the best defensive catcher in the league, but he has worked hard to improve. Austin Romine is the backup.

The Yankees starting rotation has not been as strong as it has been in the past. It has been a work in progress this year. The A’s will not see lefties James Paxton or CC Sabathia during the series. The Yankees will send Dominga German to the hill Tuesday night. German is 16-2 with an ERA of 3.96. He has won his last four starts. He beat Boston twice, and Baltimore and Toronto once. The Yanks will be facing the A’s, Homer Bailey. Bailey was outstanding last Wednesday against the San Francisco Giants. He went seven innings and allowed no runs and just two hits. He won his tenth of the year that day.

Lefty J.A.Happ pitches on Wednesday for New York. Happ is 10-7and has an ERA of 5.40. He has pitched at least five innings in each of his last four starts. His ERA is a very high 6.23, however. The A’s will have Mike Fiers (11-3, 3.46 ERA) on the mound. Fiers has the second-best ERA  (2.52) among AL starters since April, 26th. He did give up four runs against Houston last Thursday. He did not figure in the decision.

On Thursday, Masahiro Tanaka goes for New York. Tanaka has been outstanding in his last two starts. He held the Blue Jays and the Indians to two runs and seven hits over 14 and 1/3rd innings of work. He won both starts. The A’s will counter with Tanner Roark. Roark went six innings and allowed two runs against the Astros last Friday. The A’s won the game in extra-innings.

The Yankees bullpen has been their strength this year. If their starters can give them six good innings of work, the Yanks’ bullpen usually closes the door for the win. Expect to see pitchers such as Adam Ottavino, Tommy Kahnle. Chad Green, Luis Cessa, Nestor Cortes, Zack Britton, and Aroldis Chapman. Britton and Chapman are lefties. Britton, who used to be the Baltimore Orioles closer is now the eighth-inning set-up man. Chapman is now the closer. Chapman can hit speed up to 103 to 105 miles-per-hour on the speed gun.

The A’s will have their work cut out for them. They know the Yankees will be tough. They knew the Astros would be tough and they took three-out off-four from the team with the second-best record in the AL West.

Look for a good series with big crowds. It should be fun.

Podcast: Duca on baseball and the Giants

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Podcasts: Duca on baseball and the Giants

  • Michael Duca joins Charlie O to talk about the most important topics in baseball
  • Is the new trade deadline a good thing?
  • Why didn’t the Yankees and Dodgers get a deal done at the deadline?
  • Did the Giants do good hanging on to “MadBum”?
  • Did San Francisco move out the right players at the deadline?
  • What about Scooter? Does he fill a need?
  • Plus a discussion about hair or no hair!

Check out the talk! If you are a baseball fan, you will have a good time!!!