Yankees 6, Athletics 2

Nick Swisher will find out Thursday whether his latest big week

with the bat will land him a spot on the AL All-Star team alongside

all the other New York Yankees.

Swisher homered and doubled among his three hits against his

former team, and the Yankees completed a sweep of the Oakland

Athletics with a 6-2 victory Wednesday night.

Swisher is doing all he can to earn his first All-Star nod.

Pitcher A.J. Burnett voted online, so did manager Joe Girardi and

his kids. New York already has a majors-best seven representatives,

and eight would be the club’s most since 2004.

“Last night of voting, send Swish,” the right fielder said

with a huge grin afterward. “Obviously it would be an amazing

honor for me. Crazy, man, I feel like a politician. It’s been kind

of stressful. I’ve never been in a conversation for an All-Star

game. I want to go.”

Mark Teixeira hit a three-run homer to help Burnett win for the

first time in more than five weeks.

Derek Jeter had a go-ahead single and Ramiro Pena also singled

in a run in New York’s five-run fourth inning in which all of the

runs were scored with two outs. The Yankees won their fifth

straight and earned their first road sweep of the season.

Burnett (7-7) pitched seven strong innings to end a six-start

winless stretch in which he was 0-5 since beating the Indians on

May 30.

Alex Rodriguez went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts and a walk a

night after hitting two home runs, with a grand slam. He has 597

career clouts heading into a four-game series in his old Seattle

stomping grounds starting Thursday night. A-Rod is looking to

become only the seventh player to join the 600-club.

Girardi is happy to see Rodriguez and Teixeira producing with

some power in the middle of the order.

“It’s great to see those two guys have big nights for us

here,” the skipper said. “The middle of the order can be very

productive, and they were.”

The Yankees are a season-best 22 games over .500 at 53-31 and

hold a two-game lead in the AL East over Tampa Bay, which swept

Boston to send the Red Sox to 4 1/2 back. New York finishes up its

final West Coast trip of the year against the Mariners.

The Yankees won their fourth straight road game and 10th in 13

away from Yankee Stadium.

New York swept the A’s at the Coliseum in a series of three or

more games for just the third time since 1980 and first since

taking three in a row here from May 13-15, 2005.

“It seemed like the whole series we gave up almost all of our

runs with two outs,” A’s manager Bob Geren said. “It’s very

unusual but it also tells you a little bit about the depth of the

other team.”

The A’s trail the season series 1-5, the third straight year

they’ve come up short to New York. The Yankees are 17-4 against

Oakland over the past three campaigns. The A’s still must go to

Yankee Stadium for a four-game set from Aug. 30-Sept. 2.

Burnett got back on track with this one, effectively working in

his changeup more than he did his last time out. He allowed two

runs on five hits, struck out three and walked two. Girardi called

it Burnett’s best changeup since joining the Yankees.

“It always starts upstairs,” Burnett said of being mentally

tough. “Not letting the little things bother you, other than what

you can control. It’s just a matter of staying even keel out


Gio Gonzalez (7-6) was done after equaling his season-low of

four innings. He didn’t get much support from the offense,


The A’s took a brief lead on Coco Crisp’s RBI single in the

third after the Yankees missed chances in each of the first three

innings, but that was it until Jack Cust added an RBI single in the


Coming off a victory at Cleveland after going winless in his

previous four outings, Gonzalez matched his season high with five

walks. He was tagged for five runs and eight hits and he struck out


“You have to get ahead of the hitters, especially with this

lineup. If I fall behind on them they’re going to do the job,”

Gonzalez said. “When you fall behind it just spirals out of

control. I should have taken a moment to step back, take a deep

breath and attack the zone.”

NOTES: Swisher before the game on boosting his chances to be an

All-Star: “Keep pushin’, keep pushin’.” … Yankees 2B Robinson

Cano was held out of the lineup for the first time all season, a

chance to rest his tweaked back that he hurt Sunday against

Toronto. The team also decided to pull him from Monday’s Home Run

Derby at the All-Star game in Anaheim. … The A’s called up RHP

Ross Wolf from Triple-A Sacramento and optioned RHP Tyson Ross to

Sacramento to develop him as a starter. To clear a spot on the

40-man roster, the A’s transferred Eric Chavez to the 60-day

disabled list. … It was 58 degrees at first pitch, yet another

unseasonably cool summer night in the Bay Area. … New York’s

Brett Gardner stole his 25th base in the fourth following a two-out