Yanks have had recent success vs. A’s

The Yankees will complete the current homestand with a three-game series against the Athletics Friday night and Saturday and Sunday afternoons. The teams will play each other again June 11-13 at Oakland.

The Yankees have won 32 of the past 44 games against the A’s since the start of the 2008 season, including victories in 18 of the past 26 matchups. The Yankees have also won 10 of the past 14 games and 17 of the past 22 against the A’s at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees have recorded five straight non-losing home series against Oakland and are 27-14 against the A’s at the Stadium since 2004.

At the current Stadium, the Yankees are 14-5 (.737) against Oakland, matching their second-best record against an American League opponent with Texas. The Yanks’ best record at the current Stadium against one team is the 10-3 mark (.769) against Detroit.

CC Sabathia, who will start Friday night’s game, has had only marginal success against the A’s but has been strong in recent outings. Sabathia’s career mark against Oakland is 8-8 with a 4.56 ERA, but he is 6-1 with a 2.47 ERA over his past 11 starts against the A’s.

Francisco Cervelli may be on the disable list, but the catcher will receive a deserving award in a gala event Thursday night at Cipriani in Manhattan. Cervelli will be honored with the Project Sunshine Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award for 2013. Project Sunshine is a nonprofit organization that provides free educational, recreational and social programs to children and families facing medical challenges. Cervelli has made numerous hospital visits to spend time with children and their families over the past few years.

The first five hitters in the Yankees’ starting lineup Tuesday night against the Astros were all left-handed – Brett Gardner, Ichiro Suzuki, Robinson Cano, Travis Hafner and Brennan Boesch. It was the first time the top five hitters of a Yankees lineup were all lefty swingers since July 28, 1995 when then manager Buck Showalter used Luis Polonia, Wade Boggs, Dion James, Paul O’Neill and Don Mattingly 1-though-5 in a 5-3 loss at Minnesota.

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