Rapid Reaction: Yankees 9, Athletics 2
May, 26, 2012
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com
Recap | Box score | Photos
What it means: That the Yankees have put together their first four-game winning streak since the first week of the season. Their 7-2 victory at the expense of the overmatched Athletics was significant for more than just that, however; it offered more evidence that the most beleaguered hitter in their lineup might finally be coming out of his funk.
On the Mark: Mark Teixeira said on Friday night he felt like he was coming around, and today he came all the way around on a fourth-inning home run -- his second in two nights -- a two-run single in the fifth, and another single leading off the eighth.
Then, in the top of the ninth, he put the exclamation point on his big day with a two-run shot over the centerfield fence. Suddenly, the numbers don't look so bad: .248 with eight homers, and his five RBIs give him 28, second-best on the team behind Nick Swisher (29). And, oh yeah, both of his singles were hit right through the shift.
Nice to see you, Bart: The last time the Yankees faced Bartolo Colon, in 2007, they smacked him around for seven runs in two innings. So it was a happy reunion with their erstwhile teammate, who they once again beat like a kettle drum, reaching him for six runs and nine hits, two of them home runs, in six innings.
Cano-ing, going, gone: Robby Cano, who came in with three hits in five at-bats versus Colon, added two more in three at-bats today, including his seventh homer of the season in the fourth inning. He also added a single in the eighth to get his batting average over .300. Cano, who had four home runs in the first 42 games of the season, now has three in his last four games.
Captain movin' on up: Derek Jeter's third-inning RBI single, which gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead, moved him into sole possession of 15th place on the all-time hit list, ahead of Paul Waner, and his bunt single in the fifth moved him into a tie with George Brett for 14th place, with 3,154 hits.
A ribbie the hard way: Jeter picked up an RBI in his last at-bat when A's reliever Graham Godfrey drilled him in the left shoulder with the bases loaded in the eighth. Jeter now has three times as many career HBPs with the bases loaded (3) as HRs (1).
Ace back on track: CC Sabathia snapped his personal two-game losing streak -- and avoided his first three-game skid since 2008 -- by pitching seven increasingly strong innings, marred only by a first-inning run on two singles, and Josh Reddick's majestic home run to dead center in the third.
CC owns CC: That would be Collin Cowgill, a second-year outfielder for the A's, who in his first appearance against Sabathia went 3-for-3 with three singles.
What's coming: A column on Teixeira's resurgence, as well as whatever blog items come out of the postgame clubhouse.
Tomorrow: The Yankees go for the sweep behind Hiroki Kuroda (3-6, 4.56), who faces LHP Tommy Milone (6-3, 3.75), first pitch at 4:05 p.m.