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Yanks win fifth straight, maintain AL East lead

CBSSports.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- After A.J. Burnett had a tough outing last week, he found pitching coach Dave Eiland.

"He said, 'That's it. No more of these,"' Eiland said. "I said, 'Let's get to work."'

Five days later, the Yankees' right-hander has a key September win -- he held Oakland to three runs in six innings and New York beat the Athletics 4-3 to stay in first place in the AL East.

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Kevin Kouzmanoff hit a two-run homer in the fourth for Oakland, which got within a run an inning later. But Burnett didn't unravel and the Yankees bullpen got the game to Mariano Rivera for his 28th save.

Oakland starter Brett Anderson, only allowed one earned run, but the A's fell to 1-8 against New York this season. He committed a key error and then appeared rattled after bobbling a throw from first baseman Daric Barton while covering the bag, leading to three runs.

The Yankees held their one-game lead over Tampa Bay. They'll go for a four-game sweep Thursday with CC Sabathia on the mound.

"Just because we have CC tomorrow doesn't mean we can let up," Derek Jeter said.

Burnett (10-12) went 0-4 in five starts since his last win, July 28 at Cleveland. He came off a particularly rough outing in which he lasted 3 1/3 innings and tied a season high with eight earned runs, leaving him with a 7.80 ERA in August.

Burnett struck out eight and was relieved after six innings and 91 pitches, in part, manager Joe Girardi said, because New York's bullpen was well-rested. It probably also didn't hurt that it kept Burnett in line for a long-awaited win -- even though Burnett said that wasn't important to him.

"My job is to go out there like I did tonight," Burnett said. "And keep it going next time."

Rivera struck out Kurt Suzuki with a runner on second to end it. Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain and Kerry Wood both put runners on first and second with two outs before escaping to end the previous two innings.

Anderson (3-6) has lost four of his last five starts. He gave up eight hits in six innings.

Mark Ellis had three hits for the A's, who gave up 20 runs in the first two games of the series, but couldn't capitalize when they held the Yankees to four.

Coco Crisp's RBI groundout that made it 4-3 in the fifth was possible because Rajai Davis stole third base after he doubled.

The Yankees got a couple of breaks in their three-run second inning that made it 4-0.

Curtis Granderson and Eduardo Nunez hit one-out singles just over shortstop Cliff Pennington's glove.

Granderson motored home as Jeter was safe at first when Anderson bobbled the catch and fell over while covering first.

"It was one of the few times in my short baseball career that I actually beat him to the bag," Anderson said. "I should've just caught it and stepped on the bag, but I looked at the bag before I caught it and then missed the ball and tried to grab it and fell.

"It was kind of a typical play with me being unathletic."

Anderson then walked Nick Swisher and Mark Teixeira's two-run single went just between the outstretched gloves of Pennington and Kouzmanoff at third base.

"The error definitely cost him. It was the third out of the inning." A's manager Bob Geren said. "Then he couldn't recover after that, walked Swisher after that, ball just squeaked through the infield after that and we're down 4-0."

Teixeira was 3 for 4 and drove in a three runs. "Two of those hits were actually lucky ones -- ground balls with eyes," Teixeira said. "Sometimes you need that."

Notes

  • Jorge Posada hit for Yankees C Francisco Cervelli in the eighth and was ejected after plate umpire Dana DeMuth called strike three on a pitch that appeared to be outside. Posada took his bat and drew a line in the dirt, showing where the ball was wide. Chad Moeller, called up earlier in the day when rosters expanded, trotted in from the bullpen and caught the ninth.
  • Yankees switch-pitcher Pat Venditte was promoted from Class A Tampa to Double-A Trenton.
  • Davis got his 40th steal in the fifth. The only other A's with 40 in a season are Rickey Henderson, Bert Campaneris and Billy North.
  • Yankees DH Lance Berkman was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list. He batted for Nunez in the eighth, doubled, and was lifted for a runner.
  • RHP Javier Vazquez will rejoin the Yankees' rotation on Saturday against Toronto after two relief appearances.
  • New York LHP Andy Pettitte (groin) had another successful bullpen outing. He has been out since July 18. He says he expects to pitch another bullpen and make a rehab appearance before he can rejoin the Yankees.
  • Jeter was 1 for 25 before he led off the bottom of the first with a single.
 
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A.J. Burnett is happy to leave August behind -- winless with a 7.80 ERA in the month -- as he earns his first W since July 28. (AP)
A.J. Burnett is happy to leave August behind -- winless with a 7.80 ERA in the month -- as he earns his first W since July 28. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

M. Teixeira
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
Oakland

K. Kouzmanoff
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Coco Crisp, CF5011010 .270
Daric Barton, 1B3020200 .284
Kurt Suzuki, C5120014 .249
Jack Cust, DH4000033 .272
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B4112012 .260
Mark Ellis, 2B4030010 .256
Jeff Larish, LF3000122 .237
Rajai Davis, RF4110012 .269
Cliff Pennington, SS4000011 .252
Totals363103311  
Batting
2B - Kurt Suzuki (14, Burnett), Rajai Davis (23, Burnett)
HR - Kevin Kouzmanoff (13, Burnett)
RBI - Coco Crisp (30), Kevin Kouzmanoff 2 (67)
SB - Daric Barton (6, 2nd base off M. Rivera/Moeller), Rajai Davis (40, 3rd base off Burnett/Cervelli)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Anderson-Pennington-Barton
E - Brett Anderson (1, Missed catch of throw)
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brett Anderson (L,3-6) 6841240 3.17
Craig Breslow 1.1100000 3.32
Andrew Bailey 0.2100010 1.47
HBP - Kearns (by Brett Anderson)
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Anderson 103-62, Craig Breslow 16-8, Andrew Bailey 7-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Anderson 9-5, Craig Breslow 1-3, Andrew Bailey 1-0
Batters Faced - Brett Anderson 29, Craig Breslow 5, Andrew Bailey 3
New York Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Derek Jeter, SS5210012 .266
Nick Swisher, RF3000112 .295
Mark Teixeira, 1B4033000 .268
Robinson Cano, 2B4000003 .323
Marcus Thames, DH4010001 .308
Austin Kearns, LF3010011 .269
    Brett Gardner, LF0000000 .286
Curtis Granderson, CF4120002 .245
Eduardo Nunez, 3B3110001 .290
   a- Lance Berkman, PH1010000 .240
    Ramiro Pena, PR-3B0000000 .221
Francisco Cervelli, C2000112 .251
   b- Jorge Posada, PH1000011 .261
    Chad Moeller, C0000000 .182
Totals34410325  
a-doubled for Nunez in the 8th
b-struck out for Cervelli in the 8th
Batting
2B - Mark Teixeira (32, Anderson), Lance Berkman (21, Bailey)
RBI - Mark Teixeira 3 (98)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Teixeira 2 (37)
SB - Eduardo Nunez (2, 3rd base off Anderson/Suzuki)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Cano-Jeter-Teixeira
New York Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
A.J. Burnett (W,10-12) 6633281 5.15
Joba Chamberlain (H,24) 1200010 4.81
Boone Logan (H,11) 0.1000010 2.56
Kerry Wood (H,4) 0.2100100 4.05
Mariano Rivera (S,28) 1100010 1.11
Pitches-Strikes - A.J. Burnett 91-59, Joba Chamberlain 9-8, Boone Logan 4-3, Kerry Wood 20-12, Mariano Rivera 17-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A.J. Burnett 4-5, Joba Chamberlain 1-1, Kerry Wood 2-0, Mariano Rivera 2-0
Batters Faced - A.J. Burnett 25, Joba Chamberlain 5, Boone Logan 1, Kerry Wood 4, Mariano Rivera 4
Game Information
Attendance - 45222
Game Time - 2:55
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Dana DeMuth, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - Doug Eddings