Game 67 – Secret elders from a gentle race

Before the Yankees began this West Coast road trip, both the team and its captain were receiving heavy criticism and debate. The team has won four straight and Derek Jeter has picked up nine hits and two walks in the four games and scored five times. Could these secret elders from a gentle race be on a roll?

The heading is in honor of Scott Kazmir whose name always reminds me of Led Zeppelin and a song title with a similar name. Kazmir has long been a familiar foe to the Yankees and has faced the team nineteen times in his career. Kazmir is having a great season and his peripherals are fantastic.

The Yankees counter with Hiroki Kuroda who pitched pretty well his last time out in the now famous game where the Yankees went one for seventeen with runners in scoring position. Kuroda should benefit from the large dimensions of the Oakland Coliseum and the super large foul grounds.

The Lineups:

New York Yankees:

  1. Brett Gardner – LF
  2. Derek Jeter – SS
  3. Jacoby Ellsbury – CF
  4. Alfonso Soriano – DH
  5. Brian McCann - 1B
  6. Yangervis Solarte – 2B
  7. Ichiro Suzuki – RF
  8. John Ryan Murphy – C
  9. Kelly Johnson – 3B

SP – Hiroki Kuroda

Oakland Athletics:

  1. Coco Crisp – CF
  2. John Jaso – C
  3. Josh Donaldson – 3B
  4. Brandon Moss – 1B
  5. Yoenis Cespedes – LF
  6. Jed Lowrie – DH
  7. Stephen Vogt – RF
  8. Andy Parrino – SS
  9. Eric Sogard – 2B

SP – Scott Kazmir

It might surprise you to see so many lefty batters in the Yankees’ lineup, but so far this year, Kazmir has been much tougher on right-handed batters and not the other way around.

Have fun on another late night, bleary-eyed West Coast game. The game starts at 10:05 p.m. ET and can be seen on the YES Network for you locals and The MLB Network for us far-flungians.

- UPDATE (9:52) Mark Teixeira was scratched due to a sore rib. That changed the lineup all up and the changes have been updated above.

William Tasker grew up in Bergenfield, New Jersey but has lived in New England since 1975 and in the far reaches of northern Maine since 1990. Tasker is the author of nine (non-baseball related) books and, besides writing here for three years, has written for his own site at www.passion4baseball.blogspot.com since 2003.