The Yankees lost a tough one last night by a score of 5-2 in 10 innings. After yet another bullpen failure, the Yankees turn to Vidal Nuno (1-2 5.48 ERA) to get them back on track and give them a chance to still win this home series against the Oakland A’s. Last time out, Nuno pitched 6.2 innings and gave up four earned runs on seven hits in a losing effort to the Minnesota Twins.
Yankee Stadium continued to not be kind to Nuno as he surrendered three home runs and is still searching for his first career win at The Stadium. On the mound for the Oakland A’s is right-hander Jesse Chavez (4-3 2.78 ERA) who is coming off his third loss of the season, although it was a quality start giving up three runs on eight hits over six innings of work.
The struggling Yankees’ offense will need to take advantage of any base runners they have, as Chavez is holding opponents to a .238 average. The importance of Mark Teixeira‘s health showed last night as he hit only the Yankees’ fifth home run in their last sixteen games. Look for a more normal Yankees’ line-up tonigh,t as Brian McCann is fresh from his day off, and Derek Jeter should return to shortstop after playing as the DH in last night’s game.