The Yankees will be more than happy to return to the Bronx.
After picking up just one win on a nine-game road trip, New York returns home, where it has won eight of its last nine games, to open a three-game series against Oakland on Friday night.
Veteran right-hander Mike Mussina will make his 13th start of the season for the Yanks. In his last outing, Mussina allowed three runs on five hits over five innings of work in a loss to San Francisco. He has pitched through seven innings only once this season, but his 105 pitches in his most recent start marked his highest total this year.
The Yanks' offense will try to build off its eight-run performance Thursday against left-hander Joe Kennedy, who is 1-3 in his last eight appearances. Kennedy was chased from his last start after allowing five runs on eight hits in just four innings. In his 14 starts this season, he is averaging less than six innings of work per trip to the mound.
New York leads the all-time series, 232-210, and 127-95 at home. Last season, the Athletics took three of six games and two of four at Yankee Stadium.
Pitching matchup NYY: RHP Mike Mussina (3-5, 4.98 ERA)
Mussina is 16-10 with a 3.90 ERA in 33 starts against Oakland.
OAK: LHP Joe Kennedy (2-5, 3.98 ERA)
Kennedy is 3-5 with a 5.82 ERA in nine career starts against the Yanks and has allowed an average of two home runs per nine innings in his career against the Bronx Bombers.
Player to watch
Shortstop Derek Jeter was 2-for-5 with two RBIs on Thursday and is 10-for-21 (.476) with three home runs against Kennedy in his career.
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Up next Saturday: Athletics (Chad Gaudin, 6-3, 3.14) at Yankees (Kei Igawa, 2-1, 7.13), 1:05 p.m. ET Sunday: Athletics (Dan Haren, 9-2, 1.91) at Yankees (Andy Pettitte, 4-5, 3.24), 1:05 p.m. ET Monday: Twins (Boof Bonser, 5-4, 4.65) at Yankees (Roger Clemens, 1-3, 5.32), 7:05 p.m. ET
Geremy Bass is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.