Series: Game 1 of 3

NY Yankees leads 1-0 (as of 5/12)

Game 1: Friday, May 12
NY Yankees2
Game 2: Saturday, May 13
NY Yankees4
Game 3: Sunday, May 14
NY Yankees1

Athletics 0

(17-18, 10-8 away)

Yankees 2

(20-13, 11-5 home)

7:05 PM ET, May 12, 2006

Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York 

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OAK 000000000 0 4 0
NYY 00000101 - 2 8 0

W: C. Wang (3-1)

L: B. Zito (2-3)

S: M. Rivera (7)

Limping Yankees open three-game series with Athletics

Oakland (17-17) at NY Yankees (19-13) 7:05 pm EDT

BRONX, New York (Ticker) -- Under normal circumstances, losing a home series to the rival Boston Red Sox results in plenty of anxiety for the New York Yankees. But the defending American League East Division champs currently have much bigger problems to deal with.

The suddenly shorthanded Yankees hope to overcome their recent setbacks when they host the Oakland Athletics on Friday in the opener of a three-game series.

On top of dropping a tough 5-3 decision in Thursday's rubber game with Boston, New York learned that it will be without left fielder Hideki Matsui for an extended period of time. The Japanese slugger fractured his left wrist in the first inning Thursday while attempting to make a diving catch.

Matsui will have surgery on Friday at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital and could miss up to three months. His loss could not have come at a worse time for New York, which is already without injured right fielder Gary Sheffield.

With their list of injured stars growing by the day, the Yankees give the ball to Chien-Ming Wang (2-1, 4.83 ERA) on Friday. The right-hander from Taiwan is coming off a solid six-inning performance in New York's 8-5 victory at Texas on Sunday.

Oakland counters with ace lefthander Barry Zito (2-2, 4.07), who hopes to avenge his awful outing vs. New York on Opening Day. The former Cy Young Award winner failed to get out of the second inning in the Athletics' 15-2 loss but has pitched much better of late. He has surrendered just one run in 14 2/3 frames over his last two starts.

The A's look to rebound from consecutive losses to the Toronto Blue Jays. Nick Swisher homered twice Thursday, but Oakland squandered an early lead in an 8-3 loss to Toronto.

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Gameday Matchup

 OaklandNew York
Current StreakW1L2
Last 104-65-5

Pitching Matchup

OaklandNew York
B. Zito
16-10, 3.83 ERA

Last Game:
9/28 at LAA
6.0 IP, 1 ER
Dec = Loss
C. Wang
19-6, 3.63 ERA

Last Game:
9/27 at NYY
6.0 IP, 4 ER
Dec = Win

Gameday Lineups

NO.OaklandNew York
1. M. Ellis, 2B J. Damon, CF
2. N. Swisher, LF D. Jeter, SS
3. M. Kotsay, CF J. Giambi, DH
4. B. Crosby, SS A. Rodriguez, 3B
5. A. Melhuse, C B. Williams, RF
6. B. Kielty, DH J. Posada, C
7. J. Payton, RF R. Cano, 2B
8. D. Johnson, 1B A. Phillips, 1B
9. M. Scutaro, 3B M. Cabrera, LF