The Yankees began their West Coast trip in Oakland against the Athletics, with Ivan Nova squaring off against Tyson Ross. Nova has apparently been bothered by a minor hamstring issue of late, but apparently it was not serious enough for him to miss a start.
Ross and Nova traded zeroes for the first two innings, and then the Yankees got on the board in the 3rd. After a strikeout by Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson singled to left to put a runner on with 1 out. Alex Rodriguez also went down on strikes, bringing up Robinson Cano. Cano reached on an error by the usually sure-handed Coco Crisp, scoring Granderson and extending the inning. Mark Teixeira made the A’s pay for the mistake, swatting a home run to right to bring in Cano, and give the Yankees a 3-0 lead.
The A’s got on the board in the bottom of the 4th when former Red Sox outfielder Josh Reddick, who is having a fine season, hit a solo home run to center on an 88 mph fastball (maybe a 2-seamer/sinker?). … Click here to read the rest