May 31, 2011
NY YANKEES (29-23) vs.
Coverage begins at 6:30 P.M. on Comcast SportsNet California
OAKLAND (AP) -- Home or away, the New York Yankees continue to dominate the Oakland Athletics.
The Yankees, who have won the last eight games in this series, have a chance to do something they have not done in 67 years Tuesday night - shut out the Athletics three consecutive times.
After losing two of three at Seattle, New York (29-23) beat Oakland 5-0 on Monday. The Yankees are 22-4 overall against the A's since 2008.
New York has outscored Oakland 49-15 during its eight-game series winning streak, including 10-0 in the last two meetings. The A's (27-28), who had a season-high four-game winning streak snapped Monday, have not been shut out in three straight games by the Yankees since 1944, when the club was based in Philadelphia.
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"All I can say is we have two more games in this series," A's second baseman Mark Ellis said.
Mark Teixeira homered for the fourth time in five games for the Yankees, who have won two straight and nine of 13 following a season-high six-game skid. Teixeira has seven homers and 16 RBIs in his last 11 games, and is batting .406 with six home runs and 14 RBIs in his last nine contests versus Oakland.
After consecutive strong starts from CC Sabathia and Bartolo Colon, New York will send Freddy Garcia (3-4, 3.26 ERA) to the mound in search of his second straight victory. Garcia allowed three runs in 6 1-3 innings of a 7-3 win over Toronto on Wednesday.
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Filling in for the injured Phil Hughes, the 34-year-old right-hander has surrendered three or fewer runs in three of his last four starts.
"Everything we needed and more," general manager Brian Cashman told the Yankees' official website. "He's allowing us to plug a major hole and answer our prayers."
Garcia, who is 6-7 with a 5.30 ERA in 21 starts against the A's, allowed five runs in 1 1-3 innings of a 10-2 loss at Oakland on July 24 with the White Sox.
Josh Willingham is 2 for 6 with a double against Garcia and had one of four hits Monday for Oakland, which suffered its sixth shutout of 2011. Only the Los Angeles Angels (seven) have been shut out more among AL clubs.
Willingham is batting .389 with seven RBIs in his last five games.
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Oakland's Brett Anderson (3-4, 2.84) looks to build on his first win in a month and avoid a fourth consecutive losing start to the Yankees. The left-hander was 0-3 with a 5.04 ERA in his five previous starts before allowing three hits in eight scoreless innings of a 4-3 victory over the Angels on Thursday.
Anderson is 0-3 with a 4.68 ERA in four career starts versus New York. Only one of those outings came at Oakland - a 3-2 loss Aug. 19, 2009, when he allowed three runs in seven innings.
Teixeira and Derek Jeter are a combined 12 for 26 versus Anderson with a home run apiece.
A's starters have allowed four runs or fewer in 28 straight starts - the longest such streak for the team since a 32-game run in 1980-81.