Yankees 10, Athletics 3

Instead of being benched against southpaws, Curtis Granderson is

thriving against them this season.

Granderson became the first left-handed hitter to homer off

Brett Anderson in nearly two years and Derek Jeter had two hits to

reach 2,983 for his career and scored three runs to help the New

York Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics for the ninth straight

time, 10-3 on Tuesday night.

Granderson struggled to get into the lineup against lefties a

year ago, but has hit a major league-leading nine of his 17 homers

against southpaws this season

”I knew it was there, it was just a matter of getting it

back,” he said. ”I had to do it to get to the big leagues. I did

it early on and just ran into a couple bumps in the road and am

trying to constantly fight the long haul of getting back. I’m still

fighting it. It’s good pitch, good at-bat, followed by bad pitch,

bad at-bat against them.”

The good are much more common than the bad so far this season

for Granderson, who had three hits and four RBIs against one of the

toughest. Anderson (3-5) hadn’t allowed an extra-base hit to a

left-handed hitter all season and a homer to a lefty since Russell

Branyan hit one for Seattle on Aug. 25, 2009.

”Anderson is as good as they get,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi

said. ”It’s hard to believe the adjustment that this guy has made.

It’s remarkable.”

Robinson Cano also homered, Alex Rodriguez had three hits and

three RBIs and Mark Teixeira took advantage of shoddy Oakland

fielding to steal home for the Yankees, who have their longest

winning streak against the A’s since 1964-65, when the team was

based in Kansas City.

Anderson allowed a career-worst 10 runs for the A’s, who have

lost 22 of 25 meetings against the Yankees. With back-to-back wins

to open this three-game set, New York has become the first team to

win nine straight series against the A’s since the team moved to

Oakland in 1968.

Freddy Garcia (4-4) allowed three runs and nine hits in seven

innings of his 300th career start. He allowed only a two-run homer

and an RBI single to David DeJesus to beat the A’s for just the

second time in his last 10 starts against Oakland.

His best moment might have come with his glove, when he made a

self-defense stab of a line drive by Kevin Kouzmanoff to start an

inning-ending double play in the sixth.

”That was lucky,” he said. ”It almost hit my face. I don’t

even know how I caught that ball, but I did it and made a double


That performance proved to be more than enough on a night the

Yankees hammered Anderson, who allowed nine earned runs and a

career-worst 11 hits in 5 1-3 innings. That dropped Anderson’s

record to 0-4 with a 6.53 ERA in five career starts against New


”Seems you face one guy and then another guy that’s an

All-Star, a potential Hall of Famer comes up and it’s tough,”

Anderson said. ”But it’s another big league lineup you have to go

through and battle and I just didn’t do a good job of it


Even when the Yankees made mistakes, they were able to turn them

into runs. Rodriguez got caught too far off first after Cano struck

out for the second out in the sixth inning. With Rodriguez in a

rundown, Teixeira broke from third to home and scored on a stolen

base when first baseman Conor Jackson’s throw was off line.

For the second straight game, the Yankees got a two-run homer in

the first inning to jump out to the early lead before the A’s even

came to the plate. A day after Teixeira hit his 16th homer in the

opening inning off Trevor Cahill, Granderson hit his 17th after

Jeter led off the game with a single off second baseman Mark Ellis’


”Career-wise he’s been bad left-on-left but it seems like he’s

turned the corner this year,” Anderson said. ”I just fed him

fastballs trying to go in and left it out over the plate. He’s just

covering all sides of the plate right now. A tough out.”

The Yankees added an unearned run in the third when Jeter

reached on Ellis’ two-base throwing error and scored on Rodriguez’s

bloop hit.

After DeJesus’ RBI single got Oakland on the board for the first

time this series in the bottom of the third, Granderson extended

the lead to 5-1 with a two-out, bases-loaded single in the


Cano’s 11th homer and Rodriguez’s two-run single helped the

Yankees break the game open.

Notes: Jeter has reached safely to open the game in 21 of the 42

games he has been leadoff hitter. … The last Yankees player to

steal home was Brett Gardner on April 4, 2010, against Boston. …

Anderson’s outing snapped a streak of 28 straight games that

Oakland’s starter had allowed four runs or fewer. … The A’s are

giving slumping 1B Daric Barton (.206 average, 0 HRs) a few days

off to work on his batting stroke.