Programming note: A’s-Yankees coverage begins today at 3:30 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet California.
The Oakland Athletics are on their only trip to Yankees Stadium this season. The venue hasn't been too kind to the Green and Gold recently. Since the Yankees built their new ballpark, the A's are 5-14 there.
The A's have been dominant in their own division, but have struggled against everyone else. Getting off to a good start on this 10-game road trip is very important.
They have a big challenge with Vallejo's own C.C. Sabathia on the mound in the series opener. He is 6-1 with a 2.47 ERA in his previous 11 starts against the A's. The big lefty used to struggled against his hometown team, but lately he has been able to shut down the A's offense.
The Bronx Bummers:
The numbers on the surface aren't pretty, but if there's ever a time to oppose the New York Yankees, it's now. The Yankees disabled list currently has the 15th highest payroll in Major League Baseball. With Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson, Alex Rodriguez, Kevin Youkilis and more on the DL, what better time to face the Yankees?
The A's entire payroll is just shy of $62 million. The Yankees have $95 million committed to injured players.
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The short porch in Yankees Stadium might help pull Josh Reddick out of his rut. The left-handed hitter could deposit some baseballs into the stands in right field and get his confidence back. Reddick is hitting .148 this season, but is starting to show some signs of coming alive at the plate. He snapped his 0-for-15 slump on Wednesday with a single and drew three walks. Reddick has one career home run against Sabathia.
Also keep an eye on Brandon Moss. He is hitting .425 on the road this season.
Young The Giant:
Chris Young is still nursing a sore left quadricep that he sustained during the 19-inning marathon game. With Coco Crisp on the disabled list, Young will be counted on to step up and provide offense for the A's. He still isn't in the lineup on Friday, but he did sprint in the outfield on Wednesday and the team had a day off on Thursday.
With Crisp on the DL, they don't have a preferable option to lead off. Young could fill a giant need for the A's in that spot. He has appeared in 245 games as a leadoff hitter in his career, the most of any spot in the lineup.