Brett Gardner: Getting his first start in center this season, Gardner went 0-3.
Nick Johnson: He got his first start of the season at first and went 0-4 without any walks.
Marcus Thames: Thames continues to take advantage of his opportunities, and was responsible for one of the Yankees’ runs yesterday. He went 1-2 with a solo homer and one strikeout.
Mark Teixeira: Spending the day as the DH, Teixeira continued to improve his hitting, stroking a solo homer in the sixth. He went 1-4 on the day.
Francisco Cervelli: The backup catcher was the only Yankee to get more than one hit on the day. He went 2-3.
Triple Play: The last time the Yankees turned a triple play was in 1968 and it was turned by Dooley Womack, Bobby Cox and Mickey Mantle. Since then every other major league team turned a triple play before the Yankees turned theirs yesterday.
Joe West would be proud: The Athletics only needed two hours and seven minutes to beat the Yankees on Thursday. It was the fastest win against the Yankees of any team in eighteen years (since the Royals beat the Yankees 3-2 in only two hours and four minutes).
In the On Deck Circle:
The Yankees head down to southern California to take on the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for the second time in this young season. A.J. Burnett will take the mound for the Yankees tonight. Burnett looked great in his last outing, pitching seven scoreless innings against the Rangers and striking out seven. Ervin Santana will be throwing for the Halos, as he tries to continue to improve from his slow start to the season. Santana threw a complete game against the Blue Jays on Sunday, giving up just one run while walking no one and striking out six. First pitch is at 10:05pm.