Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Happy Yankees Hit Road

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Happy Yankees Hit Road

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NEW YORK - Perhaps it's obvious, given how everything that can go well is going well right now for the Yankees. But the team opens its final West Coast trip of the season tonight in Oakland at somewhat of an apex.

"It's probably about as good as we've played," manager Joe Girardi said.

The Yankees finished a three-game sweep of the Blue Jays - and a 5-1 homestand - with a 6-0 win Wednesday afternoon in a rain- shortened seven innings at the Stadium before a crowd of 45,986. The start of the game was delayed 51 minutes due to lightning and it was called off after 58-minute wait.

Hiroki Kuroda (9-7), buoyed by a four-run lead after the first inning, rebounded after two shaky starts and was credited with his third career complete game. Bench players Jayson Nix and Dewayne Wise combined to go 4-for-6 with two runs and two RBI.

Meanwhile, the Yankees (57-34) scored at least three runs for the 42nd straight game and at least five for the 10th straight. They've homered in 14 straight home games and 23 of their last 24.

"You don't go into a game thinking you're going to get a certain amount of runs," Nick Swisher said. "I don't know if [the pitchers] are relaxed, but you definitely feel better out there pitching when you have the lead.

"No [division] lead is big enough, so we're going to keep pushing," Swisher added. "We want to win as many games as possible. It'd be nice to win 100 games. We'll keep pushing and fighting hard and, if we do that, we'll be right where we need to be."

Overall, the Yankees, who swept their eighth series of the season - just one shy of 2011's total -- have won nine of their last 11. They go into Oakland having won nine straight there, their longest road winning streak against the Athletics since 1956, when that franchise was based in Kansas City, Mo.

"I thought we had a really good homestand playing a tough Angels team and a pretty tough Toronto team that's been tough on us in the past," Girardi said. "We've swung the bats well the last couple of weeks. …

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