It occurred to me that the last time the Yankees were in Oakland they kicked their series off against old friend Brett Tomko, who was none too happy about being DFA’d by the team a month earlier.
I remember cackling with glee at the thought of the Yankees getting to tee off on Tomko the starter, who had been horrendously ineffective as a Yankee reliever. And of course, Tomko rewarded my enthusiasm by throwing five scoreless innings en route to a 3-0 Oakland shutout.
So far Oakland has only used Gaudin out of the bullpen, and I haven’t read any stories of discontent on his part since being cut loose from New York, but given what happened for Oakland the last time the A’s trotted out an ex-Yankee to start a game against his former team while carrying a huge chip on his shoulder, I’d be interested to see what Gaudin does against the Yanks.
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