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NYY@OAK GM 3: Jeter cuts down runner with iconic flip

The A's will honor Derek Jeter prior to his final regular-season game at O.co Coliseum on Sunday, but they will not acknowledge the shortstop's most noteworthy moment there.

In other words, they will not be showing Jeter's iconic "Flip Play" in Game 3 of the 2001 American League Division Series -- when Jeter snared an overthrow from right field along the first-base line and, in one fell swoop, shoveled it home to nail Jeremy Giambi and preserve a 1-0, seventh-inning Yankees lead.

"Oh, is that right?" Jeter said when told of the A's decision. "I've seen it. I'm sure they've all seen it."

After an injury-plagued 2013, Jeter has played in 58 games this season, including the first two of this weekend's three-game series. He entered Saturday's game with nine hits in his last 16 at-bats, raising his average to .275.

A's right-hander Jesse Chavez will face lefty Vidal Nuno in Sunday's series finale. The pair squared off on June 4 at Yankee Stadium, with Chavez earning the win after giving up four runs in seven innings. Nuno allowed two runs in 4 2/3 innings.

Chavez is 0-3 in his past three starts after giving up two earned runs on eight hits in six innings against the Angels his last time out. The A's have totaled seven runs in those three losses, after scoring 13 in Chavez's last win, May 18 at Cleveland.

Nuno pitched 5 2/3 innings of one-run, four-hit ball his last time out, against Seattle, leaning heavily on his outfield defense. He is 2-0 with a 1.81 ERA in six career road starts.

Yankees: Teixeira dealing with rib cage tightness
First baseman Mark Teixeira was scratched from Saturday's lineup against the Athletics with left rib cage tightness.

Brian McCann played first with Teixeira out, while John Ryan Murphy replaced McCann as the starting catcher.

The lineup change was announced 25 minutes prior to the scheduled first pitch at the Coliseum.

Teixeira sat out three games in late May with right wrist inflammation, and has batted .235 (8-for-34) with two home runs in 10 games since then.

He was 1-for-4 with a run scored and a sacrifice fly in the Yankees' 7-0 victory over the A's on Friday.

For the season, Teixeira is batting .241 with a team-leading 11 home runs and 31 RBIs.

A's: Sogard's ankle feeling better
Second baseman Eric Sogard was back in the A's lineup Saturday after taking two days off to nurse a sore right ankle.

After fouling a ball off the ankle on Monday in Anaheim, Sogard played through pain on Wednesday. But the A's were off on Thursday, and recent callup Andy Parrino started at second on Friday, giving Sogard sufficient time to heal.

"That third game in Anaheim there, I was probably about 60 percent and I was out there kind of limping around playing," Sogard said. "But now I'm probably back up to 85 percent, so it's feeling much better."

Sogard said he could have played Friday against the Yankees, but manager Bob Melvin went with Parrino after Nick Punto was a late scratch, hoping to get Sogard as close to 100 percent as possible.

The left-handed hitter entered Saturday batting .197, eager to contribute to an A's offense that had just two hits the night before.

"Anything to kind of spark the club when we need it, especially when some of our main guys that have carried us all year are struggling," Sogard said prior to knocking a two-run single in the second inning.

Parrino started Saturday at shortstop, his most natural position.

Worth noting
• Brian Roberts was out of the Yankees' lineup on Saturday after fouling a ball off his right knee on Friday. Manager Joe Girardi said he hopes to give Roberts Sunday off, as well.

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