- Last Updated: 6:51 AM, May 26, 2012
- Posted: 2:52 AM, May 26, 2012
OAKLAND, Calif. — Before pressing forward into today’s reading experience let’s get this up front: The Athletics reek.
Everybody knew they couldn’t hit and last night the A’s showed they are allergic to catching the ball and can’t pitch it, either. Makes you wonder why San Jose, Calif., is lusting for the club.
Of course, the Yankees didn’t decline the mountain of offerings presented by the A’s and took full advantage of the feeble effort to post a 6-3 victory in front of an announced assembly of 33,559 at the Coliseum, easily the prevalent pigsty on earth.
Oakland center fielder Coco Crisp’s fielding blunder in the third led to three unearned runs. Tyson Ross gave up 11 hits — three of them home runs — and six runs (three earned) in 4 1/3 innings. And the A’s, who started the game with a pitiful .210 team batting average, didn’t increase it.
“When you get an extra opportunity you want to cash in on it and we did,’’ Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of making Crisp’s error on Robinson Cano’s fly ball hurt.
Ivan Nova, who was pitching with a right hamstring problem and coming off two poor outings, allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings. He improved to 5-2 and the Yankees are 7-2 in Nova’s nine starts.
“I am not going to say my hamstring is 100 percent but my arm felt good,’’ said Nova, who surrendered two homers and has given up a dozen this year after allowing 13 in 27 starts and one relief appearance last season.
Mark Teixeira, Cano and Nick Swisher homered for the Yankees, who have scored 14 runs the past two games after plating five in the previous three.
“The last two games have been more normal for us,’’ said Teixeira, whose cough has decreased to the point at which he tried unsuccessfully to stretch a fifth-inning double into a triple.
Swisher homered and doubled to left field from the left side of the plate.
“I took a little different approach, I tried to drive the ball more,’’ said Swisher, who had an ice pack on his right ankle after the game. He fouled a ball off his foot during the home run at-bat in the fifth inning. “It’s all right, you can’t hurt steel.’’
Boone Logan worked a perfect eighth and Rafael Soriano recorded the final three outs for his fourth save.
The third straight victory — one short of the longest winning streak this year — allowed the 24-21 Yankees to remain 4 1/2 games behind the AL East-leading Orioles.
The Yankees have won 28 of their last 34 games against the A’s since the beginning of the 2008 season. They are 14-3 in the last 17.
“We have played well out here and we have to continue that to get on a roll,’’ Girardi said prior to the victory.
Not everything clicked for the Yankees. Yes, Teixeira’s two-run homer was hit with runners in scoring position and so was Swisher’s. But the Yankees went 2-for-10 in the clutch and have a dozen hits in their last 94 at-bats with runners in scoring position.
“Home runs don’t get caught,’’ said Teixeira, whose two-run homer made Crisp’s error hurt.
Girardi believed Cano’s fly ball that Crisp overran and scored Curtis Granderson from first should have been ruled a hit.
“I was surprised it was an error,’’ Girardi said.Follow @NYPostsports