The New York Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics by a score of 7-3. Javier Vazquez picked up his first win of the season as the Yankees improved to 10-3 on the year. The Yankees also have a five game winning streak, the longest of the young season.

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Initial Reaction:

Tonight, Javier Vazquez finally showed glimpses of what he can bring to this Yankees team. He pitched 5.1 innings and allowed three earned runs on six hits. More importantly, he had solid control, striking out the A’s six times while throwing 72 of his 107 pitches for strikes.
On offense, the Yankees had two three-run innings, with the headliner being A-Rod’s three-run home run in the 5th inning. Jorge Posada and Nick Swisher added two RBIs each.

Positives From The Game:

Knockin’ around the Pitcher: Oakland starter Gio Gonzalez gave up five earned runs, three hits, and struck out five in 4.1 innings. His downfall was his pitch count (97), which was inflated due to his five walks.

A-Rod’s Bomb: Career home run #585 from Alex Rodriguez in the fifth inning was an absolute bomb. End of story.

Breaking Out?: Tonight, Mark Teixeira went 1/4 with a double, a walk, and two runs scored. His last out was a sharp liner to second base. Hopefully he can find his swing on the West Coast.

Joba Rules: Boone Logan loaded the bases in the 7th inning, but Joba Chamberlain came in and made A’s cleanup hitter Kevin Kouzmanoff look completely silly on a nasty slider. Joba retired the four hitters he faced in order, striking out three.

Negatives From The Game:

Where’s the O?: The Yankees got ten walks today, which is a great job. They aren’t as sexy as line drives, but you get on first base, just like a line drive to center field. However, I wasn’t a huge fan of the Yankees having a grand total of five hits today. Hits are how you get those runners on base to score.

I Got It!?: In the bottom of the sixth, a pop fly was hit to shallow center field. Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano, and Curtis Granderson all converged on it, but the ball dropped in the middle of the triangle. It was deep enough to be Curtis’s ball, and he needs to not be afraid to call off his teammates in the future.

Lineup MVP: Tonight, on MSG’s The Lineup, Derek Jeter was named New York’s All Time Best Shortstop. He responded by going 0-5, not getting a hit for the first time this year.

Interesting Facts:

Athletic’s starter Gio Gonzalez was acquired from the Chicago White Sox in 2008 for… current Yankee Nick Swisher.

Brett Gardner got the start today in left over righty Marcus Thames against left-handed pitcher Gio Gonzalez. Reason? It is imperative for Gardner to be on the field defensively because of the huge foul grounds in The Coliseum.

Familiar Face: In the 7th inning, the Yankees faced former Yankee, Edwar Ramirez. He was vintage Edwar, walking four Yankees, allowing one run, and attempting the infamous third-to-first pickoff move twice in a row.

Bling Bling: In a small ceremony before the game, the Yankees awarded Edwar Ramirez and Chad Gaudin, both now with the A’s, their World Series rings. Very cool to see them hanging around with their old teammates.

What’s Next?:

The Yankees look to continue their winning ways Wednesday night in another late game against the A’s.

Projected Starters: Phil Hughes (1-0, 3.60 ERA) vs. Ben Sheets (1-0, 2.65 ERA)