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If the Athletics are to build on a strong homestand and continue their recent success against the Yankees, they must find a way to end their longest road slide of the season.
The A’s can avoid a fifth straight road defeat by winning their fourth consecutive game overall Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.
After winning the first five of a nine-game trip, Oakland (35-22) totaled seven runs while losing the final four at Tampa Bay and Toronto from May 22-25. The A’s, however, bounced back to average 6.9 runs while going 5-2 at home against AL Central-leading Detroit and the Angels, their closest pursuer in the West.
The A’s have won four straight and 10 of 13 against the Yankees (29-27).
Including the postseason, Oakland’s Scott Kazmir (6-2, 2.36 ERA) is 1-4 with a 7.27 ERA in his last five starts versus New York. However, he’s 2-1 with a 1.85 ERA in his last four overall.
The left-hander threw a six-hitter and struck out eight in beating Detroit 3-1 on Wednesday.
Derek Jeter went 0 for 4 in that contest and is 6 for 42 with two doubles and two homers versus Kazmir. His .143 average is his worst against any left-hander with at least 25 at-bats in his storied career.
New York’s Hiroki Kuroda (4-3, 4.57) is 2-0 with a 3.90 ERA in his last five starts, and allowed three runs despite nine hits in 5 2/3 innings of a 7-4 win at St. Louis on Wednesday.
“As a player, I feel responsible to stay healthy and be conditioned so I can compete with these guys for the whole season,” he told the Yankees’ official website. “We all have to get together as a whole and perform well.”
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