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OAK: RHP Dan Haren (4-5, 3.75 ERA)
The right-hander is trying to have a second successful start after allowing just three hits in six innings against Minnesota on Saturday. Haren tossed a one-run complete-game last time at Yankee Stadium.
Haren returned to his mid-May brilliance in his last start against Minnesota. He held the Twins scoreless on three hits over six innings. Haren's last start at Yankee Stadium was a Mother's Day to remember. He held New York to one run for his fourth career complete game. Haren is leading the A's in strikeouts (65) and innings pitched (84).
NYY: LHP Randy Johnson (7-4, 5.33 ERA)
The Big Unit has split his first two starts against Oakland this year, and he has pitched better of late, with two wins and no losses in his past four starts.
Johnson looks to build on his last two starts, in which he appears to have found something that had been missing for more than a month. Johnson allowed four runs in 7 1/3 innings against Baltimore, but three of those runs came in the first inning. He retired 21 of the last 24 hitters he faced.
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Derek Jeter may return from a sprained right thumb injury, and there couldn't be a better time if he does. Jeter has a .462 batting average (6-for-13) against Haren.
Thomas has hit a lot of home runs against a lot of pitchers in his extraordinary Major League career. But he has had particular success against Johnson. Thomas is hitting only .225 against the Big Unit, but he has four home runs in 40 at-bats. He has a .392 on-base percentage and a .575 slugging percentage in his battles against Johnson.