The Yankees can't hit ... or win as they lose again to Athletics

NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees' offense is terrible right now.

The Yankees can barely hit with runners in scoring position -- or in pretty much any other situation. For much of Thursday, they could hardly hit the ball out of the infield as the Oakland Athletics completed a three-game sweep with a 7-3 victory.

The reeling Yankees are 5-9 after their seventh loss in eight games.

They are averaging 2.25 runs per game in their last eight. It is almost impossible to win consistently scoring this way, which the Yankees are proving.

In the six innings that A's starter Rich Hill worked, the Yankees were able to knock only two balls into the outfield. One was an Aaron Hicks second-inning bloop RBI single, and the other was a fly out by Chase Headley.

The Yankees' second run off Hill came after some poor A's defense set up Austin Romine's RBI nubber that didn't even travel 90 feet.

Hill dominated the Yankees, even though he left with a no-decision. Of his 18 outs, 10 were by strikeouts.

In the seventh, the Yankees were able to climb to within one on a Starlin Castro RBI single. That was all they could muster, though, as Carlos Beltran could not come through.

Beltran -- who, along with Castro, has been a real positive on offense -- continued his poor night. With three strikeouts on his boxscore, he left the tying run at third with a groundout.

The Yankees did score three runs, which was something of an accomplishment for them. They've topped two runs only once in their past seven games. The Yankees were 3-for-11 with RISP, which is good, but the numbers are still 5 for their last 61 in those situations.

It is still early, but one of the biggest problems so far is that Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez are not matching their production from last year, which allowed the Yankees to create enough of a cushion to claim a wild-card berth even as they faded late in the season. Teixeira and Rodriguez are both hitting under .200.

Meanwhile, Jacoby Ellsbury and Headley continue to make their more than $200 million worth of contracts look unjustified. Ellsbury showed some signs Thursday with three hits and a spectacular catch.

Things can change in a long season, but the Yankees -- who potentially could be a brittle team -- haven't even incurred any major injuries yet.