In the beginning of the second half of the 2010 New York Yankee season, the Yankees defeated the Oakland Athletics by a score of 3-1. Javier Vazquez picked up the win for the Yanks as Mariano Rivera bounced back from his last appearance and got his 19th save of the year. With the win, the Yankees move to 51-31 on the season.

"At least I made the All Star team" - Kevin Bartram / Reuters

Initial Reaction:

While both Javier Vazquez and Ben Sheets had quality starts, Vazquez was the one who was able to keep runners off base more consistently. Vazquez went seven innings and allowed only one earned run on three hits and two walks while striking out two, while Sheets went 7.1 innings with three earned runs on eight hits and no walks while striking out four. Vazquez relied on some help as great defensive plays were made by Alex Rodriguez in the sixth inning and by the Curtis duo in center and right field (see below).

Positives From The Game:

Send Swish: With a double in the second inning, Nick Swisher extended his mini-hitting streak to five games. His final line was 2-3 with a run scored. He is one of the five finalists for the All-Star team roster, so be sure to visit the MLB Official Page and “Send Swish”!

What a Bomb!: Mark Teixeira hit the ball hard twice but had nothing to show for it until the sixth inning, when Mark Teixeira hit a bomb over the centerfield fence. It was his 14th on the season, and his average is slowly but surely creeping up towards acceptable levels.

Curtis’ Catch: With one out in the bottom of the seventh, Curtis Granderson covered the spacious Oakland outfield to lay out and make a diving catch. Javier Vazquez summed up the catch: “Wow”. The next batter flew out to right as Colin Curtis made an equally impressive diving catch. If the guy can’t get run support, at least he can get some defensive help.

Good Joba: It was nice of good Joba Chamberlain to make an appearance tonight. He took advantage of Hunter Wendelstedt’s ultra-wide strike zone, getting two batters to strike out looking.

Negatives From The Game:

Tonight’s game, albeit not very exciting, got the job done for me. My only issue? Javy’s lack of run support. Out of Yankee starters, he is rocking the lowest run support per start with only 3.5 runs per start.

Interesting Facts:

44: Happy 44th Birthday to Dave Eiland!

Javier Vazquez struck out the first two Oakland batters that he faced, and continued to strike out none the rest of the game.

What’s Next?:

The Yankees will face the Athletics in the second game of the series tomorrow night at 10:10 PM. The game, which will feature two All-Star pitchers, can be viewed on the YES Network.

Projected Starters:

CC Sabathia (10-3, 3.33 ERA) vs. Trevor Cahill (8-2, 2.74 ERA)