"I am looking forward to the matchup because it is two good pitchers," manager Bob Geren said. "It's always entertaining with two of the best guys going head-to-head."
Harden had his six-game winning streak, which stretched into last year, come to an end on Monday against the White Sox. The right-hander held Chicago to two runs over five innings, but was bettered by Jose Contreras in a 4-1 loss. Harden's two mistakes ended up being homers to Jim Thome and Scott Podsednik.Before Monday, the A's won 11 consecutive regular-season games in which Harden started. Harden is 1-2 against New York with a 5.40 ERA in five career starts. In one start last year, he went 5 2/3 innings and gave up three runs on seven hits for a no-decision. Pitching matchup
OAK: RHP Rich Harden (1-1, 1.38 ERA)
Harden, who dominated the Mariners in his first start of the year, wobbled through a 28-pitch first inning against the White Sox before settling down and finishing with a line of five hits over six innings. NYY: LHP Andy Pettitte (1-0, 1.64 ERA)
Pettitte will make his third start and fourth appearance -- following a one-inning relief stint against the Orioles -- of the season. Pettitte is 8-4 with a 3.18 ERA in 15 career starts against the Athletics, although he's had mixed results pitching at McAfee Coliseum. Pettitte is just 3-3 with a 4.31 ERA in eight starts by the Bay. Player to watch
Shannon Stewart is 24-for-54 (.444) against Pettitte with eight RBIs and a homer. On the Internet
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Tuesday: Los Angeles (LHP Joe Saunders, 1-0, 2.92) at Oakland (RHP Chad Gaudin, 0-0, 2.53), 7:05 p.m. PT
Wednesday: Los Angeles (RHP John Lackey, 2-1, 2.04) at Oakland (RHP Dan Haren, 0-2, 2.00) 12:35 p.m. PT
Ryan Quinn is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.