New York Yankees vs Oakland A's

Nobody expected much from Oakland this season, but they are in first place in the AL West, but are home underdogs tonight against the defending champion New York Yankees.

New York Yankees (10-3) at Oakland A’s (9-6)

Bovada has the Yankees as the away favorite in this game posted at -140 with the A’s at +120 with a total of 8.5 runs.

Oakland has dropped two straight games, are 5-5 in their last 10 games, but still are in first place in the AL West with a 1 game lead over the Seattle Mariners and L.A. Angels. The Yankees simply on fire, as they have won 5 straight, are 8-2 in their last 10 games, and are in first place in the tough AL East with a .5 game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays.

This season Oakland is 6-3 at home and New York is 5-2 on the road.

In Game 1 of this series last night the Yankees beat the A’s 7-3.

New York has won 12 of their last 14 games against Oakland.

Taking the mound for the A’s tonight is Ben Sheets (1-0 2.65 ERA), who was stellar in his last outing going 6 innings giving up 0 earned runs in a win. On the hill for New York tonight is Phil Hughes (1-0 3.60 ERA), who is in his last start gave up 2 earned runs in 5 innings and got the win.

Dating back to last season New York is 4-1 in Hughes’ last 5 starts and tonight’s game will be his first start of his career against Oakland.

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Sheets was the A’s big off-season acquisition and he has started the season well, but has walked 10 batters in 17 innings. He cannot give up walks to the Yankees tonight, who have scored the most runs in the AL this season (76). In last night’s game the A’s issued 10 walks, but only gave up 5 hits and lost the game 7-3.

Sheets will have to pitch well tonight for Oakland to snap their two-game losing streak.

Oakland is 5-1 in their last 6 home games against a right-handed starter, 6-2 and has an Under record of 5-1 in their last 6 games vs. a right-handed starter.

In tomorrow afternoons game, which is the last of the series, both pitchers are 2-0 and off to fast starts. The Yankees are slated to start CC Sabathia (2-0 2.84 ERA) and the A’s are slated to start Dallas Braden (2-0 2.70 ERA). Both of these pitchers rank in the top 10 in strikeouts, as Sabathia has 18 and Braden has 16.

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