The Yankees have sole possession of first place in the AL East and look to continue beating up on tonight’s opponent.
Oakland Athletics at New York Yankees
Oakland has dropped seven of eight games versus the Yankees this season and have been outscored 20-8 in dropping the first two games of this four-game set. The Athletics came into the series with a major league-best 3.36 ERA, but that has been pushed up to 3.49 due to the last couple days. The team has lost four of its last six games, but has still won eight of 14 overall. It’s important to note that the club has a 16-27 record in the first game of a series, 21-22 in the second and a dominating 25-14 mark in the third contest. Oakland finished August with a 13-15 record, which was tied with Texas for the best record among AL West clubs during the month. Tonight marks the 25th time in the last 36 games that the Athletics have played a team that was in first place in their division or the wild card race at the time, posting a 10-14 record in the previous 24 contests. The club has a 12-10 record on the road when the total is 9 to 9.5 (+260) and 45-47 in this situation the last three campaigns (+1,440).
The Yankees look to breakthrough against tonight’s starter in the first game of a three-game set at Yankee Stadium.
Seattle Mariners at New York Yankees
Seattle continues its season-high 12-game road trip in taking on the New York Yankees in a three-game set in the Bronx. The Mariners are averaging a league-worst 3.3 runs per game and have managed to hit just 75 home runs this season. The club is a solid 6-3 under interim manager Daren Brown and is coming off back-to-back wins over the Baltimore Orioles. Offensively, the team is being led by second baseman Chone Figgins, as he has collected a hit in 15 of his past 21 games. Over its past 11 games, the bullpen has allowed just seven earned runs on 18 hits in 28 innings, producing a 2.25 ERA in the process. Seattle is 20-41 on the road overall this season (-1,810) and the total is 30-26 O/U over that span. The Mariners are also 4-12 as a road underdog of +100 to +125 (-780) and 23-31 in this situation the last three years (-540).
Two hard-throwing right-handers step onto the national stage in the battle of AL East rivals.
Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees
Boston suffered a 5-2 loss to the Yankees in the second game of this four-game showdown at Yankee Stadium. The Red Sox have still won eight of their last 12 games and 10 of their last 16 overall. The team has had its trouble against tonight’s opponent recently, dropping 10 of the last 14 meetings since August 23, 2009 and are 5-15 versus the Yankees since August 6, 2009. Since 2003, the Red Sox trail 80-74 in the series, but have outscored the Bronx Bombers by a 859-828 margin. Boston is 52-32 in night games this season (+870) and the total is 45-35 O/U in those contests. Third baseman Adrian Beltre will likely lead the offensive charge, coming into tonight’s contest with a 13-game hitting streak. The team is hoping outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury can get things going in front of a national audience, as he’s hitless in 12 at-bats since returning from the disabled list.
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