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A's Look To New All-Star Cahill To Even Up Series With Yankees

(Sports Network) – Two pitchers riding extensive unbeaten streaks get together tonight by the Bay, where CC Sabathia and the AL East-leading New York Yankees take on Trevor Cahill of the Oakland Athletics in the continuation of a three- game series at the Coliseum.

Sabathia is 6-0 with a 2.00 earned run average in his last six starts and hasn’t tasted defeat since May 23 against the New York Mets. He has lasted at least eight innings in each of his previous three outings and recently beat Seattle at home last Thursday.

The big lefty improved to 6-0 in eight home starts by limiting the Mariners to a pair of runs — one earned — and five hits in eight frames. He is 10-3 overall in 17 starts. Sabathia, who sports a 4-3 mark in nine road appearances this season, lost at Oakland back on April 22, when he gave up four runs — three earned — in eight innings of a 4-2 loss. In 19 career starts against the A’s, Sabathia is only 5-8 with a 5.63 ERA.

Cahill is 7-0 with a 2.12 earned run average in his past nine trips to the mound and hasn’t lost since May 16 at the LA Angels of Anaheim. He beat Baltimore the last time out in Thursday’s 8-1 triumph with seven innings of one-run ball. Cahill, who is 8-2 with a 2.74 earned run average in 13 starts, will try to keep his unblemished mark at home intact. In five starts at the Coliseum, he is 4-0 with a 1.35 ERA.

The young right-hander has never faced the Yankees.

New York recorded its third straight win with Monday’s 3-1 victory over the Athletics, as starter Javier Vazquez evened his record at 7-7 with seven innings of one-run ball. Joba Chamberlain threw a scoreless eighth inning before Mariano Rivera came on in the ninth to post his 19th save.

“I feel like if I go out there and throw quality innings, then I’m going to go deep in the games,” Vazquez said on the team’s site. “That’s always important as a starting pitcher, that you can go deep.”

Mark Teixeira belted his 14th home run of the season and both Curtis Granderson and Francisco Cervelli drove in a run for the Yankees, who are two games ahead of Tampa Bay and 2 1/2 games in front of Boston in the AL East. The Yankees have also won four of their last five games and are 20 games over the .500 mark. They will also visit Seattle for four games on the trip.

Oakland scored its only run of the game on Coco Crisp’s sacrifice fly in the third inning, but lost for the second time in three tries. Ben Sheets started for the A’s and suffered the loss for giving up all three runs and eight hits in 7 1/3 innings of work.

“(Sheets) had a good start, he went deep in the game. I thought he was aggressive, threw strikes,” said A’s manager Bob Geren. “We just didn’t get much offense for him tonight.”

The Athletics recorded only three hits and entered the game with seven wins in its previous nine contests. They are eight games off the AL West lead and will also welcome the LA Angels of Anaheim to the Bay area for three games.

New York took two of three matchups with A’s from April 20-22, and has won 15 of the previous 19 contests between the teams.