Yanks raze A’s


The Yanks continued their mastery of the A’s with a 4-2 win today; it’s now been 10 straight victories over Oakland and 24 of 28.

AJ (6-3) overcame a rough start and settled down to finish with a line of seven innings pitched with three hits, two runs, five strikeouts and three walks. He allowed just one hit from the second through the seventh. With the win, AJ now has more wins in June 2011 than he did in all of June 2010.

Joba came in and got into trouble but worked out of it with a nifty double play before Mo tossed a perfect ninth for his 573rd career save (his first since May 10).

A-Rod went 2-for-4 with an RBI double but the damage was done with Swish Dog’s three-run blast in the fourth. He now has a six-game hitting streak on this road trip with two homers in the last four games, it would have been one more if not for Franklin Gutierrez.

Jeter opened the game with a double — his 17th leadoff hit this year — and is now 16 hits away from 3,000. In addition, he also notched his 155th career hit by pitch. Captain now has a seven-game hitting streak while two other Yankees have modest hitting streaks: Tex is at nine games and Cano is at five.

Russell Martin stole his sixth base of the season, which matches his total from 2010.

Other news and facts:

  • Phil Hughes (remember him?) threw a simulated inning today and is slated to throw live batting practice on Saturday in Anaheim. If all goes well he should be sent on a rehab assignment after that.
  • On this date in 1925, Lou Gehrig  began his games-played streak with a pinch-hit appearance in a 5-3 loss to Washington at Yankee Stadium.
  • On this date in 1920, Babe Ruth made his first start as a pitcher for the Yanks. He tossed four innings (before a move to right field) and got the win.

The team has off tomorrow before heading to

Los Angeles

Anaheim for a three-game set with the Angels.