The Yankees continues their 2010 dominance over the A's, winning last night by the score of 4-3. It was their fifth win in a row overall, and the eighth out of nine against Oakland.
Mark Teixeira was the star of the game for the Yankees, as he picked up three hits along with three RBI. His first hit came in the first, an RBI double scoring Derek Jeter to put the Yanks up 1-0. An inning later he would cap off a Yanks three-run rally with a two-run seeing eye single.
The Yankees did have their chances through the game, but went 1-for-9 with RISP and left nine men on base. Luckily, the four runs would prove to be enough, although starter A.J. Burnett did make it interesting. He wasn't great, and almost coughed up that 4-0 lead, but six innings of three-run baseball is better than we've seen from Burnett in a while, so I'm not going to complain. He allowed six hits, walked two, and struck out a season-high eight A's on his way to his tenth win of the year.
His major mistake was a 2-0 pitch to Kevin Kouzmanoff in the 4th, that the 3rd baseman deposited into the seats in right for a two-run homer. Besides that one mistake he was very good. His curveball looked sharper than it has in weeks, and he also had good command with his fastball, another thing that has been missing from A.J.'s repertoire lately. Again, Burnett can still do a lot better, but it's a step in the right direction.
The bullpen took over from there. Joba Chamberlain threw a scoreless 7th, Boone Logan retired the only batter he faced, and Kerry Wood, although a bit shaky, took care of the final two outs in the 8th. The bridge got the ball to the greatest and Mariano Rivera made fairly quick work of the A's in the 9th for save no. 28.
Meanwhile, Boston and Tampa both won their games so the Yankees leads remain a game over the Rays and seven over the Sox. Also around the league last night, Aroldis Chapman hit 104 mph on the radar gun in his second MLB appearance and averaged 102.
The Yankees go for the four-game sweep this afternoon in the Bronx. CC Sabathia gets the start for the Yanks, with Dallas Braden going for the A's. First pitch is set for 1:05pm and the game will be on YES.