Yankees vs. Athletics at Oakland Coliseum, 10:05 p.m.
Tonight’s pitching match-up is between two All-Star pitchers that will probably not be seeing any action in the All-Star game because of their scheduled starts on Sunday.
CC Sabathia (10-3, 3.33 ERA): Sabathia has gone eight innings in each of his last three outings, allowing three earned runs combined, and will try to overpower a weak A’s lineup to win his seventh straight decision. With a win, Sabathia will earn his 11th win of the season to move into a tie for the AL lead with Tampa Bay’s David Price, although teammates Andy Pettitte and Phil Hughes, among others, are not far behind.
Trevor Cahill (8-2, 2.74 ERA): In just his second major league season, the 22-year-old Cahill was deservingly named an All-Star. (Deserving as in not one of those “Oakland needed a representative” type of picks.) After going 10-13 with a 4.63 ERA as a rookie, Cahill has won his last seven decisions, with his last loss coming on May 16, and looks like the new ace in Oakland. With a fastball that tops out around 90 mph, Cahill induces a fair share of ground balls but also has the stuff to be a strikeout pitcher, as seen by his career-high 10 K’s against the Pirates in late June.