New York Yankees: Oakland A's

Rapid Reaction: Yankees 2, A's 1

June, 5, 2014
Jun 5
NEW YORK -- The Yankees snapped their four-game losing streak and avoided being swept by the Oakland A's as Masahiro Tanaka combined with three relievers, including closer David Robertson, to lead the Yankees to a 2-1 victory.

The Yankees (30-29) finish this homestand at 2-5 -- and avoid dropping under .500.

Mr. Reliable: Tanaka (9-1, 2.02) wasn't his best and he still barely gave up any runs in his six innings. After allowing John Jaso's first-inning solo shot, Tanaka didn't allow another run the rest of his outing. He pitched out of trouble in the fourth and fifth, leaving two runners on in each inning.

After 104 pitches, Tanaka was through with a line that read: one earned run on five hits. He struck out four and walked one.

Gardy goes yardy: In the third, Brett Gardner hit a solo shot to push the Yanks ahead 2-1. It was Gardner's fourth, giving him exactly twice as many homers as Robinson Cano.

Fonzie's back: Snapping an 0-for-16 slump, Alfonso Soriano produced the Yankees' first run. In the second, he drove in Brian McCann. McCann, batting seventh for the first time this season, laced a single to left and went to second on an error to set up Soriano.

In the seventh, Soriano picked up a double, but that was because Coco Crisp lost a ball in the sun. Still, it was progress for him.

No. 13: That's how many saves Robertson has. But there was a tense ninth-inning moment as Stephen Vogt hit a one-out single. Pinch runner Craig Gentry stole second and moved to third on a grounder up the middle that kicked off Robertson and bounced to Mark Teixeira, who flipped it back to D-Rob at first. This set up Derek Norris with the tying run at third.

Robertson got Norris to look at a third strike to end the game.

Dealin' Dellin: Dellin Betances pitched a 1-2-3 seventh. He struck out one. In his previous outing, Betances gave up a hit and a run that allowed the A's to tie the game.

Warren rebounds: Adam Warren entered in the eighth and immediately allowed two hits. Since he lost the game Tuesday, there was a restlessness in the crowd. Warren came back to finish off the inning by sandwiching strikeouts of Josh Donaldson and Yoenis Cespedes around a nice catch by Ichiro Suzuki in right on a Brandon Moss liner.

To strike out Cespedes to end the inning, Warren dialed it up to 96. He then pounded his mitt with excitement.

Three touchdowns: In their previous four games, all losses, the Yankees had been outscored 21-0 after the seventh inning.

Even when they score, they don't score: Against lefty starter Drew Pomeranz, Derek Jeter knocked a one-out single in the bottom of the first.

Next, Jacoby Ellsbury nailed a ball to the right-field wall. Initially, it was ruled a home run. However, after review, the call was changed to a double. It clearly hit off the top of the padding.

Still, the Yankees had second and third with just one out. Could they score? Nope. Teixeira lined out and Carlos Beltran struck out in his first at-bat back.

Zim remembered: Before the national anthem, PA announcer Paul Olden acknowledged the passing of Don Zimmer. During the game, there was a video tribute to Zimmer, showing him smiling and laughing on the home bench at the old Stadium.

What's next: Another long road trip for the Yankees as they travel to three cities for 10 games and don't return to Yankee Stadium until June 17. The trip takes them to Kansas City for four before three each in Seattle and Oakland.

NEW YORK -- Despite Mark Teixeira's strong return, the Yankees lost when the dependable duo of Dellin Betances and Adam Warren let them down.

The offense continues to stink. The Yankees haven't scored more than three runs in any of the past five games, all at home.

Warren commissioned: In the 10th, Warren allowed Brandon Moss to crush a solo homer into the second deck. It was Moss' second solo shot of the game and 15th on the season. Jed Lowrie would add an RBI double and Kyle Blanks an RBI single to stretch the A's lead to 5-2.

Dealin' Dellin gets dealt: Well, he isn't going to be perfect. Protecting a one-run lead in the eighth, Dellin Betances gave up a two-out walk and an RBI double on a 3-2, 97 mph fastball to pinch hitter Stephen Vogt. He did finish off the eighth, but the loss of the strike zone in trying to get the last out cost him.

Cortisoned: Mark Teixeira, who had missed the previous two games and five of the past seven because of his sore wrist, looked pretty good all night after taking a cortisone shot this weekend.

Teixeira nailed a go-ahead homer in the sixth to make it 2-1.

Teixeira loves facing Scott Kazmir. After the homer, he was 11-for-20 in his career against the former Mets' mega-prospect. Teixeira's 10 homers are the best on the team.

Turning Tex around: In the eighth, A's manager Bob Melvin brought in a righty Luke Gregerson to face Teixeira, forcing him to bat left-handed. You don't normally see that. You have to think Teixeira's bad wrist was a factor in the move. Teixeira struck out.

Lucky Mark: Teixeira immediately had some luck upon his return. In the first, Teixeira hit a high popup that just found a spot inside the right field line. First baseman Albert Callaspo and right fielder Craig Gentry sprinted after the ball, but it found a little patch that neither could catch up to it.

Brett Gardner scored. Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury set up Teixeira's RBI with singles. With the two RBIs, Teixeira took the team lead from Yangervis Solarte. Teixeira has 27.

Wasted start: A very strong start for Hiroki Kuroda. Kuroda went 6 2/3 innings and only allowed one run on two hits, striking out two and walking one. He held the A's in check all night. He even gave the Yankees some length, with his second-longest start of the year.

Betting on Dellin: In the seventh, with two outs and one on, Joe Girardi turned to Betances to face Brandon Moss. Kuroda's pitch count was only at 93. He had given up just two hits, but one of them was a Moss homer that tied the game at one in the fifth.

Plus, when you have Betances, it makes sense to use Betances. Four pitches later, Betances struck out Moss.

Betances -- with two of his four outs strikeouts on Tuesday -- has 58 strikeouts in 34 innings on the season. That is the second-most on the team after Masahiro Tanaka. Tanaka has 88 in 78 2/3 innings.

Left at third: With the score tied in the eighth, Ellsbury walked, stole second and moved to third on a groundout. However, Ichiro Suzuki flew out to left to end the inning.

Closer time: David Robertson pitched the ninth without any incidents.

Rain delayed: The game was delayed for a little more than an hour due to rain.

On deck: Vidal Nuno (1-2, 5.48) vs. Jesse Chavez (4-3. 2.78) at 7:05 p.m. on Wednesday. The Yankees (29-28) will try to avoid falling to .500.

Game 30: Yankees (18-11) vs. A's (17-14)

May, 5, 2013
Here is the Yankees' lineup for the rubber game against the A's on Sunday:

Brett Gardner CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells LF
Travis Hafner DH
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Jayson Nix 3B
Lyle Overbay 1B
Eduardo Nunez SS
Chris Stewart C
Andy Pettitte LHP

Adam Rosales SS
Derek Norris C
Jed Lowrie 2B
Yoenis Cespedes CF
Josh Donaldson 3B
Nate Freiman 1B
Luke Montz DH
Seth Smith LF
Michael Taylor RF

Beane loves Cashman's 'moneyball'

May, 3, 2013
Billy Beane, the man who has possibly received more credit than any GM ever, looks across the country and doesn't think that his good buddy Brian Cashman receives enough of it.

Yes, the Yankees have a payroll that more than doubles Oakland's, but the money also strips Cashman of any excuses.

"There are a lot of teams that have a lot of money but they don't always win," Beane told "Nobody, during my tenure, has won more than Cash."

While Beane has earned his credit, building some incredible major league teams on minor league budgets, Cashman has won four rings and picked a club good enough to go to the playoffs every season except for 2008. And he has done it with the most money in baseball.

"I think he sort of gets penalized many times, in a sense, because of the payroll people take for granted all the success he has accomplished," said Beane, who has watched his teams win just one playoff series. "It is not that easy. I always kid him. It is a shame that he hasn't been the executive of the year. Many times he probably deserves it."

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Saturday's lineup vs. Athletics

September, 22, 2012
Derek Jeter returns to shortstop after serving as the Yankees' DH on Friday night. Catcher Russell Martin, who hit a walkoff homer Friday night, gets the day off. So does Curtis Granderson. Girardi said Granderson is just getting a day of rest and not dealing with any specific injury issue.

Derek Jeter, SS
Ichiro Suzuki, CF
Alex Rodriguez, DH
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nick Swisher, RF
Casey McGehee, 1B
Jayson Nix, 3B
Andruw Jones, LF
Chris Stewart, C

Ivan Nova, RHP

Swept by A's, Yanks pack bags for Seattle

July, 22, 2012
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Yankees are supposed to be the team that rolls over opponents. They are supposed to be the ones getting all the big hits and making all the big pitches and coming out on the right end of four-game sweeps.

This was not supposed to happen.

As the Yankees packed their bags for Seattle following Sunday's 5-4, 12-inning loss and a four-game sweep at the hands of the A's, they did so with a large portion of frustration -- and a touch of admiration -- but little anger.

Jason O. Watson/Getty ImagesThe Yankees had to watch while Coco Crisp and the A's celebrated.

"When you are playing well, you don't expect to even lose a series," Mark Teixeira said. "We've been playing some really good baseball. It's very disappointing to lose four in a row."

Teixeira spoke in the calm, measured tones that you'd expect from a veteran-laden club with the best record in baseball. Yes, they got swept in a four-game series -- for the first time since 2003, by the way -- but they were swept by a team that was playing well before the series began, a team with the best ERA in the league.

"We just need to score more runs," Teixeira said. "It would be one thing if guys are going down left and right and giving up a ton of runs and getting our butts whipped. We're just one or two hits away each game from being where we need to be."

From Derek Jeter's perspective, the Yankees just ran into a hot team.

"We were playing pretty good coming in here," he said. "Those guys have been playing good. They beat us four games. They were playing well and they continue to play well. They are playing with a lot of confidence."

The A's rallied from a four-run deficit in the fourth inning, tying the game on Seth Smith's homer against Rafael Soriano in the ninth and winning it in the 12th. It was the A's major league-leading 11th walk-off victory, including six in their past 11 home games.

"We ran into a green machine over there," Alex Rodriguez said. "Those guys are playing good baseball. Everything they are doing is working well. They got an infield hit and a one-out sacrifice, which you don't see very often, and a first-pitch base hit. That kind of epitomizes the way they are going."

Of course, it was not just a matter of bad luck and a hot opponent for the Yankees in this forgettable weekend. They had plenty to look back on and shake their heads, especially on Sunday.

Shortstop Jayson Nix, who started to give Jeter a day off, made a crucial mistake in the sixth. He couldn't get the ball from his glove to his hand quickly enough, costing the Yankees an inning-ending double play and allowing the A's to score a critical run.

"When you don't make a play that should be made, it's frustrating," Nix said.

They didn't capitalize offensively in the normal fashion. In the third, when they scored three runs, they still had two on and one out and couldn't push home any more runs. In the 10th, Jeter took a called third strike to strand two runners. In the 12th, Teixeira got to second on a fly ball that Josh Reddick dropped. The Yankees had the heart of the order up against Jerry Blevins, but they couldn't even get Teixeira to third, let alone home.

"When we are playing really good baseball that's almost an automatic run for us," Rodriguez said. "Then the opposite is they get an infield hit, a sacrifice and a base hit. Give those guys credit."

Was it a bad hop or bad field in 12th?

July, 22, 2012
OAKLAND, Calif. -- To hear Mark Teixeira tell it, the Coliseum grounds crew had a hand in the A's victory over the Yankees on Sunday.

Teixeira, who played most of his career in the American League West before signing with the Yankees in 2009, said the infield in Oakland is notorious for what happened in the 12th inning. A bad hop got past Derek Jeter to set up the deciding run in the A's 5-4 victory.

Cary Edmondson/US PresswireDerek Jeter, a Gold Glove shortstop, couldn't make this play in the 12th inning.

"This field has always, for day games, been very hard," Teixeira said. "They do a good job watering it the first few innings, but the with dry air, the sun bakes it. The second half of the game, especially when you go into extras, it's like a parking lot the last few innings."

Manager Joe Girardi simply said "there were some tricky hops on the infield today."

A's catcher Derek Norris hit a grounder to the right of Jeter, who had been off most of the day before entering in the ninth for defense. The ball skipped on him and deflected off his glove, for an infield hit.

"It kicked up," Jeter said. "That's it. It hugged the ground the whole way and bounced up the last minute."

The A's sacrificed Norris to second and then he scored the winning run on Coco Crisp's single.

Soriano surprised by game-tying homer

July, 22, 2012
OAKLAND, Calif. -- If you were surprised to see someone hit a home run against Rafael Soriano, who hadn't allowed one all year, so was Soriano. Even after the ball was in the air.

Win McNamee/Getty ImagesSoriano stares straight ahead as Seth Smith rounds the bases.

"I didn't think the guy hit it that good," the Yankees' closer said of Seth Smith's game-tying homer in the ninth inning of Sunday's 5-4, 12-inning loss to the A's.

"I thought it was a popup."

It wasn't a popup. It was a homer to dead center field, and it hung a blown save on Soriano for the second time all year. Soriano said he was trying to throw a lower slider to Smith, but he apparently left it up too much.

"Everybody has a bad day," Soriano said. "Today was the second time. ... I'll come back tomorrow and go 1-2-3."

Throughout the Yankees' clubhouse, they were willing to give their closer a pass on this one.

"He's been outstanding," Derek Jeter said. "He's pretty much automatic. We wouldn't be where we are now if not for how he's throwing the ball."

Rapid Reaction: A's 5, Yankees 4 (12)

July, 22, 2012

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What it means: That you just saw something you haven't seen in nine years. The New York Yankees hadn't been swept in a four-game series since the Toronto Blue Jays did it to them in May 2003. The Oakland A's last swept a four-game series from the Yankees in 1972, and never at the Coliseum. Oh, and the Yankees had won nine straight games in Oakland. The Yankees seemed to have this one well in hand, with a 4-0 lead in the fourth, but it melted away throughout the afternoon and vanished in the ninth.

The end: Cody Eppley gave up a one-out infield single to catcher Derek Norris, whose sharp grounder deflected off the glove of Derek Jeter. Norris went to second on a bunt, and then Coco Crisp singled into right, driving in Norris. It was the A's major league-leading 11th walk-off win of the year. Eppley was on the wrong end of one on Friday night.

Blown save: Closer Rafael Soriano took the mound with a one-run lead in the ninth. With one out, Seth Smith blasted a 3-1 pitch over the fence in dead center. It was Soriano's second blown save in 26 tries, and his first since June 10. It was the first homer Soriano has allowed this season.

Pop, pop, pop: The Yankees had a great chance to take the lead in the top of the 12th, when Josh Reddick lost Mark Teixeira's fly ball in the sun and dropped it. Teixeira was at second with no outs, but Robinson Cano hit a fly out to center. After an intentional walk to Alex Rodriguez, Raul Ibanez and Eric Chavez both popped out.

Sabathia's day: CC Sabathia gave up three runs in seven innings. He gave up a couple solo homers, to Brandon Inge and Kurt Suzuki. Sabathia threw only 98 pitches, well below his normal workday. Manager Joe Girardi certainly could have left him out for the eighth, but he may have taken the cautious route because this was just Sabathia's second start since coming off the disabled list.

Escape in the eighth: David Robertson immediately got into trouble by giving up a leadoff hit to Crisp on an 0-2 pitch. Crisp then stole second base, giving the A's three shots to drive him in with the heart of the order up. But Robertson struck out Reddick and Yoenis Cespedes, the A's best hitters, and then he got Chris Carter on a grounder, thanks to ...

The play of the game: Carter hit a bouncer to third baseman Chavez, who actually backed up on the ball. He fielded it to his right and then made a quick release and a one-hop throw to Teixeira, who picked it. Carter was out by inches. It was a huge play because Crisp never stopped running around third, and he would have scored the tying run if Carter had been safe.

One at a time: The Yankees mounted a very un-Yankee-like rally in the third inning, with four consecutive singles to score a run. Then Rodriguez supplied a double off the wall in left-center to drive in two more.

Grandy slams: Curtis Granderson hit a couple rockets to right field. In the third he hit a line-drive single that got to Reddick so quickly that he almost threw Chris Stewart out at second. In the fourth, Granderson hit a no-doubt homer into the right-field seats. Granderson had been in a 3-for-19 slump in the previous five games.

Cuban cool down: Cespedes torched the Yankees for seven hits, including two homers, in the first three games of the series, but the Yankees got him this time. He went 0-for-3 against Sabathia and struck out against Robertson and David Phelps.

Oops: Jayson Nix, playing shortstop with Jeter having the day off, did not have a good day. He made an error that turned out to be inconsequential in the fifth inning. But in the sixth, he was too slow on the feed on a potential double-play ball, allowing the A's to score a run. Jeter came in for defense with a one-run lead in the ninth.

What's next: The Yankees head to Seattle for a three-game series, starting Monday. Hiroki Kuroda (9-7, 3.46) faces Kevin Millwood (3-7, 4.15) in the opener, at 10:10 p.m. ET.

Game 95: Yankees (57-37) @ A's (50-44)

July, 22, 2012
Here are the lineups for today's game, as the Yankees try to snap a three-game losing skid in Oakland. Derek Jeter has the day off. First pitch at 4:05 p.m.:

Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Raul Ibanez LF
Eric Chavez 3B
Jayson Nix SS
Dewayne Wise RF
Chris Stewart C

CC Sabathia, P

Jemile Weeks 2B
Jonny Gomes DH
Josh Reddick RF
Yoenis Cespedes CF
Chris Carter 1B
Brandon Inge 3B
Seth Smith LF
Brandon Hicks SS
Kurt Suzuki C

Bartolo Colon P

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Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he had no second thoughts about giving Derek Jeter the day off, even though the offense has been struggling in losing the first three games of the series.

"You have to make sure your guys stay healthy," Girardi said. "It's hot at home. We had a hot week. He played three games in a row here. I only DH'ed him once in the last long time. He played in the All-Star Game. I thought if we were going to give a day, today was probably the day."

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Girardi confirmed that Joba Chamberlain's next rehab appearance is scheduled for Tuesday. Girardi said he doesn't yet know when Chamberlain would throw after that. The final hurdle for Chamberlain is pitching on back-to-back days.

"I'm curious to see how he responds back-to-back, to see if the stuff stays the same," Girardi said.

Chamberlain, who is recovering from elbow and ankle surgeries, has pitched six innings in four rehab appearances, allowing two hits and one earned run. He has seven strikeouts.

First Pitch: Bart still gettin' it done

July, 22, 2012
OAKLAND, Calif. -- After Bartolo Colon went 0-4 with a 5.37 ERA in his final 10 starts with the Yankees in 2011, there probably weren't too many people disappointed that the club did not re-sign the 38-year-old pitcher for 2012.

But Colon, now 39, has proved that he still has something left in that ample tank of his. When he takes the mound for the Oakland A's today against the
Yankees -- and old friend CC Sabathia -- Colon will bring a 3.88 ERA with him.

"We saw him do it last year for us," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "He's got tremendous command. I'm not surprised."

Girardi and Sabathia said they figured Colon's trouble down the stretch in 2011 was not so much because of his age, but because he had missed the previous
season with an injury and pitched through winter ball to try to earn a big league job.

"If you add up all those innings of winter ball and the season, you would expect somebody to get tired at the end," Sabathia said. "He just had too many innings toward the end."

Sabathia has taken a special interest in Colon. They were teammate when Sabathia first broke into the majors with Cleveland and again when Sabathia was an ace and Colon a reclamation project in New York.

"He pitched great in Cleveland when I was there," Sabathia said. "He definitely showed me how to go out and work. It's fun to see him doing what he's doing."

So the Question of the day is: should the Yankees have re-signed Colon? The A's signed him for a mere $2 million. The Yankees re-signed Freddy Garcia to a $4
million deal. Garcia has a 5.37 ERA.

Coming soon: I'll be back for the finale of the four-game series, when Sabathia (10-3, 3.27) and Colon (6-8, 3.88) face off at 4:05 p.m.

This weekend, A's arms > Yankees bats

July, 22, 2012
OAKLAND, Calif. -- It is baseball's ultimate half-empty, half-full question.

If a team's bats go silent for a few games, is it good pitching or bad hitting?

Considering the Yankees are one of the highest-scoring teams in baseball, and considering the A's lead the American League in ERA by a healthy margin, the answer is simple. At least it's simple to the guys in Yankees' clubhouse.

Cary Edmondson/US PresswireMark Teixeira isn't surprised to see A's pitchers throwing strikes, but this call caught him off guard.

"It's disappointing, but you've got to give them credit," Mark Teixeira said after the Yankees' 2-1 loss on Saturday night in Oakland, their third consecutive lackluster offensive performance. "We've been scoring a lot of runs, so you're almost due for a couple days when you aren't scoring. It doesn't make it any easier."

The Yankees have scored six runs in the three games, including just three runs in 21 innings against three Oakland rookie starters: A.J. Griffin, Tommy Milone and Jarrod Parker. Parker, who gave up one run in eight innings on Saturday night, was the best of them all.

"Very good," Teixeira said. "He kept the ball down, kept you off balance with that changeup to lefties. He could get 95 miles per hour when he wanted it and if he needed a ground ball he'd throw that 92-mile-per-hour sinker. That's really good stuff."

Robinson Cano, whose 23-game hitting streak came to an end at the hands of a couple rookies -- 0-for-3 against Parker and a ninth-inning strikeout against Sean Doolittle -- echoed Teixeira's option.

"(Parker) had a good changeup and he was throwing 95," Cano said. "Those are the kind of guys you don't want to be late (on) and you don't want to be out front."

The constant throughout the three games has been the way the A's pitchers have pounded the strike zone. They didn't issue a single walk in the first two games of the series, a remarkable accomplishment against the Yankees' patient hitters. So on Saturday night the Yankees came out swinging, and they just got themselves into trouble.

Parker got six Yankees to put the first pitch in play, and he got six outs on those balls. Derek Jeter singled to lead off the game, but the other five players went hitless. Russell Martin came up with two on and one out in the second and hit a first-pitch fastball into an easy double play. In the sixth, Teixeira came up with two outs and a runner in scoring position, and he also hit a routine groundout on the first pitch.

"This team has always thrown strikes," Teixeira said. "It's probably something they teach in the minors. I've been playing this team for 10 years. When the young guys come up, they always throw strikes. You don't see a lot of 3-1 counts. You don't see many guys get on via walk. That's why every year they have a top pitching staff."

Manager Joe Girardi also was quick to say it was the Oakland pitching that has been the key in this series.

"Our bats will eventually wake up," Girardi said. "They've thrown the ball well. I don't want to take anything away from them. Sometimes you are going to run into good pitching."

Rapid Reaction: A's 2, Yankees 1

July, 21, 2012

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What it means: That Yankees starters are going to start complaining about a lack of support if this keeps up. Phil Hughes pitched very well, but the two solo homers he allowed -- to sizzling Yoenis Cespedes and not-sizzling Brandon Inge -- were enough to beat him. That's because the Yankees couldn't do anything with Jarrod Parker. Three games in a row, an Oakland rookie pitcher has quieted the Yankees' bats, and three games in a row, the Yankees have lost.

It's over: Robinson Cano's 23-game hitting streak came to an end. Cano grounded out twice and struck out twice.

A losing streak: The Yankees equaled their longest losing streak of the year, at three games. They last lost three in a row June 19-22. The only time this year that the same team had beaten them three in a row was when the Rays swept them in the first series of the season.

Hughes sharp: Hughes was on his game, allowing two runs in 7 2/3 innings. He gave up just one hit in the first three innings, with barely a ball hit hard. Then he gave up a towering solo homer to Cespedes, but he settled down and did not give up another hit until Inge's opposite-field homer in the eighth. Inge was hitting .198 when the game began.

Cuban crusher: The Yankees probably need to scrap whatever their scouting report is on Cespedes. He put the A's on the board with a long home run in the fourth inning. He has torched them so far this series, to the tune of 7-for-10 with two homers. It's not just the Yankees, though. Cespedes was 12-for- 23 with two homers in the six games before this series began.

Scuffling against another kid: Parker, the key prospect acquired from the Diamondbacks in the Trevor Cahill deal, is considered the most talented of all the A's rookie pitchers. The Yankees managed five singles and one run in seven innings against Parker. For the weekend, the Yankees have scored three runs in 21 innings in three games against A's starters.

Be patient, guys: The Yankees are known for making pitchers work and swinging early in the count only at pitches they can drive, but Parker got the Yankees to make six outs on five first pitches. The most crushing of those was in the second, when Russell Martin came up with two on and one out, and hit into an easy double play. Mark Teixeira also grounded out on a first pitch with a runner in scoring position and two outs in the sixth. Derek Jeter was the only player to get a hit on a first-pitch swing. Going into the game, the Yankees were hitting .359 when putting the first pitch in play, best in the league.

At least they walked once: After failing to draw a walk in back-to-back games for only the second time in two years, the Yankees drew one free pass this time, when Curtis Granderson walked to lead off the sixth.

Botched rundown: The Yankees had Coco Crisp picked off first in the eighth inning, but the rundown was blown when pitcher Boone Logan missed the tag on Crisp. Logan made up for it by picking Crisp a few pitches later.

What's next: A couple of longtime friends and two-time former teammates will square off at the Coliseum. The Yankees send CC Sabathia (10-3, 3.27 ERA) to the mound against the A's Bartolo Colon (6-8, 3.88). Sabathia and Colon were teammates in Cleveland and New York.

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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.



Jacoby Ellsbury
.271 16 70 71
HRB. McCann 23
RBIB. McCann 75
RB. Gardner 87
OPSB. Gardner .749
WM. Tanaka 13
ERAH. Kuroda 3.71
SOH. Kuroda 146