After taking two of three games in Chicago, the Yankees will kick off a ten-game home stand starting tonight against the A’s. The A’s (65-64) are in third place in the AL West as they turn their attention to 2011. The A’s boast a rotation full of promising young talent, headlined by Wednesday’s starter, lefty Brett Anderson. Friend of the blog, Dallas Braden, will get his chance at ‘redemption’ on Thursday afternoon!

Lance Berkman is expected to rejoin the team on Wednesday while Alex Rodriguez is scheduled to come off the DL next Sunday.

Hi, CC

Keys To The Series

#1 Get To A’s Pitching: As a staff, the A’s have the lowest ERA in the American League (3.49). Getting to their young arms early is the key to the series.

#2 Get Teix Back: Even though Mark Teixeira is dealing with a bruised thumb injury, the Yanks need his stick and glove back in the lineup. The Yankee lineup is definitely missing some juice without him in there.

Tale of the Tape:
OAK:
OBP: .329 (9th)
HRs: 79 (15th)
ERA:  3.49 (1st)
Fielding: .983 (6th)

NYY:
OBP: .350 (1st)
HRs: 161 (3rd)
ERA:  3.94 (6th)
Fielding: .988 (2nd)

Pitching Match-Ups:

Monday, 7:05 PM, YES: Trevor Cahill (14-5, 2.43 ERA) vs. Dustin Moseley (4-2, 4.53 ERA)

Last Start:
Cahill: Win, seven innings, no runs, two strikeouts (at CLE)
Moseley: Win, six innings, two runs, four strikeouts (at TOR)

**In July, the Yankees defeated Cahill after scoring six runs in six innings. Alex Rodriguez was responsible for five of those six runs and will not play on Monday.
**Cahill is 6-3 with a 3.03 ERA on the road.

Tuesday, 7:05 PM, YES: Vin Mazzaro (6-6, 3.61 ERA) vs. Phil Hughes(15-6, 4.12 ERA)

Last Start:
Mazzaro: Loss, 6 1/3 innings, three runs, five strikeouts (at CLE)
Hughes: Loss, 3 2/3 innings, five runs, six strikeouts (at TOR)

**Mazzaro is 4-5 with a 3.92 ERA on the road this year. He has not faced the Yanks this year.
**Hughes is 9-3 with a 4.66 ERA at home this year.

Wednesday, 7:05 PM, YES: Brett Anderson (3-5, 3.32 ERA) vs. AJ Burnett (9-12, 5.17 ERA)

Last Start:
Anderson: Loss, two innings, four runs, no strikeouts (at TEX)
Burnett: Loss, 3 1/3 innings, eight runs, three strikeouts (at CWS)

**Anderson is 1-3 with a 3.86 ERA on the road this year. He is 0-2 with a 5.68 ERA in his career.
**Burnett has lost four straight decisions. Burnett is 4-5 with a 4.62 ERA at home this year.

Thursday, 1:05 PM, YES: Dallas Braden (9-9, 3.28 ERA) vs. CC Sabathia (18-5, 3.14 ERA)

Last Start:
Braden: Win, CG, no runs, one strikeout (at TEX)
Sabathia: Win, seven innings, five runs, nine strikeouts (at CWS)

**Braden is 4-3 with a 3.25 ERA on the road this year. He beat the Yankees earlier this season in Oakland.
**Sabathia is 10-0 with a 2.46 ERA at home this year.

Enjoy the series!