Brett Tomko will make his first appearance of the season for the A's against the team that released him, the Yankees. Tomko will replace Justin Duchscherer, who was supposed to start until he was declared unable to pitch. The reason? "Non-baseball related reasons." According to the SF Gate "Duchscherer was scratched from a rehab start at Triple-A Sacramento on July 31 with what the team called a non-baseball related issue which was never explained."
MONDAY: A.J. Burnett vs. Brett Tomko
Burnett is coming off a 6 IP 10 H 3 ER performance against the Blue Jays. Tomko I imagine really wants to beat the Yankees, who he claimed did not give him a fair-shot.
Tuesday: CC Sabathia vs. Vin Mazzaro
Sabathia beat the Athletics earlier in the year pitching 7 Innings while giving up 3 ER. Mazzaro faced the Yankees giving up 6 ER in 4.1 IP.
Wednesday: Chad Gaudin vs. Brett Anderson
Gaudin, a former Athletic, will make his first start as a Yankee. Anderson has been inconsistent this year, but at times has been lights out.
PREDICTION: Yankees take game 1 8-4, game 2 5-4 and lose game 3 6-3.