Yankees beat Athletics for 10th straight time, 4-2
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Once Nick Swisher got the signs down, hedelivered the big hit that helped the New York Yankees complete athree-game sweep.
Swisher hit a three-run homer after mistakenly thinking he wassupposed to bunt to help A.J. Burnett snap an 11-start winlessstreak on the road as the Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics forthe 10th straight time, 4-2 on Wednesday.
The big blow came in the fourth inning when Swisher showed buntagainst Gio Gonzalez for the first two pitches with runners onfirst and second and no outs. After consulting with third-basecoach Tony Pena during a mound visit, Swisher swung away at thenext pitch and delivered his fourth home run of the season.
"I thought I was told to lay one down," Swisher said. "Sofinally after it got to 2-0 and the pitching coach came out I wentover to (Pena) and said, 'Hey man, what do you want me to do righthere?' He said, 'I want you to let it loose.' So I did."
He hit the next pitch over the left-field fence to give New Yorkthe lead for good. Derek Jeter added his 2,984th hit and AlexRodriguez also drove in a run for the Yankees, who have theirlongest winning streak against the A's since winning 14 in a rowfrom 1956-57.