The New York Yankees simply destroyed the Oakland Athletics tonight by a score of 17-7. Tonight’s game was long, sloppy, hot, humid, and just an uneventful time after the Yanks put up a nine-spot in the third inning. Phil Hughes couldn’t finish five innings so Hector Noesi picked up the victory. With the win, the Yankees move to 58-39.

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Let me set tonight’s scene for you – the gametime opening temperature was 104, with the heat index about 110. Phil Hughes went out and was downright sloppy for his first two frames as the A’s jumped out to a 2-0 lead, helped by Hughes’ three walks and four hits. Then the Yankees came up to bat in the bottom of the second, and…

The Yankees offense exploded and simply destroyed Trevor Cahill. He did absolutely nothing to improve on his 0-3, 9.72 ERA career line against the Bombers. In the bottom of the second and third innings, the Yankees had the following stat line: 14 runs, 12 hits, 4 walks, and 22 at bats. The big highlights were a grand slam by Mark Teixeira (6th career GS) and a three-run shot by Nick Swisher (5 RBIs in the game). The game became genuinely exhausting to watch after that, but it was nice to see the offense finally put up some power numbers, which we haven’t seen much of since A-Rod’s surgery.

Stats and Happenings

3,011: Derek Jeter got his 3,011th career hit in the second inning, helping him pass former Yankee and Red Sox great Wade Boggs for the 25th most hits of all time.

Congratulations to Yankee prospect Brandon Laird, who got his first career hit and RBI tonight, both coming off a single in the eighth inning.

28: The Yankees had 28 total base runners tonight. It was a combination of good hitting (17 hits) and terrible pitching (nine walks, one HBP).

What’s Next?

Hopefully, the Yankees saved some runs for tomorrow afternoon’s game. Considering the A’s used six members of their bullpen tonight, I like the Yankee odds for the rest of the series. It will be another scorcher; this time it will be “only” 99 degrees in the Bronx.

Matt and I will be taking a one-day sabbatical to Atlantic City, so look for a double recap on Sunday wrapping up the Oakland series.

Saturday: 1:05 PM, YES. Rich Harden (1-1, 5.00 ERA) vs. AJ Burnett (8-7, 4.19 ERA)

Sunday: 1:05 PM, YES. Gio Gonzalez (9-6, 2.33 ERA) vs. Bartolo Colon (6-6, 3.34 ERA)