Every game scheduled for play today North and East of the Capitol was postponed, except for the Tigers/Jays game played under the Skydome. Fortunately, the Yankees (5-5) are in sunny Oakland, looking to close out their three-game road trip against the Athletics (5-7) with a series win after splitting the first two, each decision coming in extra innings.
Andy Pettitte recorded his first decision of the season in his last start, a six-inning, four-hit performance against Minnesota where he didn’t allow a run. Rich Harden brings a 1-1 record to the mound for the A’s. Opposing batters are hitting a meager .178 against the righty who took the loss in his last appearance, a six-inning outing at home against the White Sox, where he gave up two solo shot home runs.
As Nick previously noted, Mike Mussina and Carl Pavano were placed on the disabled list today, joining Karstens, Sanchez, Wang, and Veras in the club of injured Yankee pitchers. The two long games were taxing on an already strained staff as Proctor, Farnsworth, Myers, Vizcaino and Bruney pitched in each of the first two games of the current series. I imagine tomorrow’s travel day will be much appreciated. Lineups in the extended. Fire away.