A's manager Bob Melvin can't help it. At the beginning of every season, he always checks to see where the Yankees are on the schedule.
"You're very aware of where they're going to be on the schedule, of their personnel, of their history," Melvin said. "Certainly in the American League and probably Interleague, there's 29 rivals of the Yankees. Everybody gets up for the Yankees."
The A's have definitely done that in their first four meetings so far this season, going 2-1 against the Yanks back in May and taking a 6-4 victory Tuesday night.
Oakland, winners of 19 of its last 24 games, will look to keep up its winning ways on Wednesday as the clubs square off at O.co Coliseum.
Right-hander Dan Straily (3-2, 4.67) will be on the hill for the A's, ready to get his fourth win of the season after two straight no-decisions. In his last start on Thursday against the White Sox, Straily went seven innings, allowing four runs on six hits. He also struck out three and walked two.
Meanwhile, Phil Hughes (3-4, 4.80 ERA) gets the nod for New York in what has been a rather inconsistent year for the right-hander. While he's tossed seven quality starts this season, Hughes has also been unable to make it past the fifth inning four times.
However, he was in top form on Thursday against the Mariners, holding them to just one run on three hits in seven innings for the win. It marked the fewest hits he's allowed in a start since giving up two on Aug. 19, 2011, at Minnesota.
"I mixed stuff up a lot more," Hughes said of his slider and changeup after the outing. "That made things a lot easier for my fastball … to climb the ladder later in counts."
Yankees: First-rounder Judge takes BP
• New York got a closer look at outfielder Aaron Judge, one of its first-round selections in the First-Year Player Draft, as the slugger taken 32nd overall took batting practice on Tuesday at O.co Coliseum.
"He can hit some homers," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "The ball really jumps off his bat. Strong kid. He can hit line drives out of the ballpark. You think that they're good line drives in the gap, and they just keep going. He was pretty impressive today."
Judge spent time in the clubhouse with the Yankees before Tuesday's series opener and said he is feeling "real confident" about signing with New York.
A's: Cespedes exits with tight hamstring
Oakland left fielder Yoenis Cespedes left Tuesday night's game against the Yankees following just two innings after tweaking his left hamstring on a first-inning groundout.
Cespedes' ground ball up the middle off lefty CC Sabathia was fielded by second baseman Robinson Cano, who made the out at first, where Cespedes winced upon reaching the bag.
He returned to left field for the second inning but was taken out at the start of the third with left hamstring tightness and replaced by Seth Smith.
• Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is continuing to hit off a tee at the club's complex in Tampa, Fla., as well as fielding ground balls on the grass. He is scheduled to be seen on Thursday by Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C., and could be cleared for full baseball activities after that visit.
• Corbin Cherry, Jose Patino and Vincent Townsend are finalists to represent the A's at this year's All-Star Game as part of "Tribute for Heroes," a national initiative recognizing veterans and military service members.
Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.