What it means: That the 11-day, nine-game, three-city road trip is off to a good start, although a win for the Yankees in Oakland is not exactly a rarity; tonight's 6-3 victory was their seventh straight at the Coliseum dating back to July 5, 2010. Also their third in a row overall.
Boss-a Nova:Ivan Nova worked seven strong innings, allowing three runs and six hits, to earn his fifth win of the year against two losses. Only nitpick: Two more HRs allowed, giving him 12 in 56 IP this year; in 2011, he allowed just 13 all season (165-1/3 IP).
Fireworks night: Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano and Nick Swisher all took Tyson Ross out of the yard, the last chasing Ross from the game with one out in the fifth. Swisher had not homered since May 6, a span of 63 ABs.
Coco muffs: A's centerfielder Coco Crisp seemed to be tracking Cano's two-out liner to right-center in the third, but somehow, the ball glanced off his glove for a two-base error. It turned out to be especially costly because not only did it score Curtis Granderson (single), it kept the inning alive for the next batter, Teixeira, to hit No. 6.
Another save for Sori: Interim closer Rafael Soriano remained perfect, getting his fourth save in as many opportunities, allowing a two-out double to John Donaldson in the ninth but striking out Daric Barton to end it.
RISP-y Business: Yanks once again struggled w/RISP -- just 2-for-10 -- but the three home runs relegated that number to the Realm of Meaningless Statistics.
Lou Gehrig lives: Once again, an opposing manager walked the bases loaded to pitch to Alex Rodriguez, and once again, A-Rod failed to hit the grand slam (No. 23) that would pull him even with the Iron Horse for the all-time record. Worse, A-Rod rapped into an inning-ending double play. On the plus side, A-Rod also had two singles and a stolen base.
Cardinal sin: Teixeira committed it right after Cano's home run, getting thrown out at third for the first out of the fifth inning trying to stretch a double, a fundamental mistake compounded when the next hitter, Raul Ibanez, doubled into the gap and Swisher followed with his home run.
Captain Collar: This is how great a season Derek Jeter is having: he went 0-for-5 (3 Ks) tonight and his average "dropped'' to .339, the lowest it's been since the third game of the season.
What's coming: Since you're all watching, reading and thinking Rangers (or Devils) tonight, no column on this one. But I will be filling the blog with as many worthwhile tidbits as I can scare up in the post-game clubhouse.
Manana: Yankees fans nostalgic for the Bartolomania! era get a one-day trip back in time on Saturday, when Bartolo Colon (4-4, 4.09) faces CC Sabathia (5-2, 3.78) in a 4:05 p.m. start.