OAKLAND -- A rematch of sorts tonight as Hiroki Kuroda and Scott Kazmir, who hooked up in a dandy pitcher's duel June 3 at Yankee Stadium, face off again tonight at O.Co. The Athletics won that game, 5-2, but neither of the starters got a decision, although Kuroda turned in his best performance of the season, throwing 6-2/3 innings of two-hit, one-run ball and Kazmir struck out 10 Yankees while holding them to six hits and two runs over 6-1/3 innings.
Here's the lineup Joe Girardi is sending out for Kuroda-Kazmir II tonight, first pitch at 10:05 p.m.:
UPDATE: Mark Teixeira was a late scratch with tightness in his left rib cage, an injury that apparently cropped up after batting practice.
Derek Jeter SS
Brian McCann 1B
NOTES: Girardi gave Carlos Beltran the day off, but Beltran is fine, and did his throwing drill before the game, 25 throws at 90 feet. Still does not know when he will be able to return to playing the outfield ... Brian Roberts also has the day off, having suffered a bruised right knee after fouling a a ball off it during Friday night's 7-0 win. No x-rays were taken and Roberts said he could have played tonight, but Girardi is leaning towards giving his 37-year-old second baseman tomorrow off, as well, which when combined with Monday's off-day would afford him a three-day rest ... Solarte, who was given the day off yesterday, will make his 11th start of the season at 2B in place of Roberts ... Brendan Ryan, who took a pitch off his right elbow last night, was walking around with a wrap on the area this afternoon, but sais he is all right and available for pinch-hitting or late-inning defense tonight ... Kuroda is 1-2 with a 3.15 ERA in five career starts vs. Oakland, but much better at O.Co -- 1-0, 1.13 ... Kazmir is 7-7, 3.46 in 18 career starts against the Yankees. Teixeira (11-for-20, .550, 2 HRs) and Ichiro (10-for-30, .333) have handled him well, but Jeter has struggled, with just six hits in 45 career at-bats (.133) and 13 strikeouts.