Curtis Granderson of the New York Yankees is congratulated by teammates after he hit a two run home run in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on May 31, 2011 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Yankees Sweep Athletics Thanks To Home Run By Swisher

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Yankees 4, Athletics 2: New York Sweeps Oakland

The 2011 season has thus far been a rough one for Nick Swisher, who is dragging around a .215 batting average. Wednesday, however, was a good day for the New York Yankees right fielder. Swisher hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning to give the Yankees their margin of victory in a 4-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics, allowing the Yankees to sweep a three-game series.

A.J. Burnett (6-3) gave up a two-run homer to Josh Willingham in the first inning, but was otherwise strong for New York. He allowed three hits, walked three and struck out five, and also pitched seven innings for the first time since May 11. The right-hander hadn't lasted more than 6 1/3 in any of his previous three starts.

Alex Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with an RBI double for New York, which recorded its first three-game sweep of the season and has won a season-high four in a row overall.

When Swisher homered in the fourth inning he had twice been given the bunt sign by Yankee manager Joe Girardi, but Oakland starter Gio Gonzalez missed the strike zone both times. On the third pitch Swisher swung and ripped a ball into the left field seats for his fourth home run.

Final - 6.1.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Yankees 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 4 6 0
Oakland Athletics 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 0
WP: A.J. Burnett (6 - 3)
SV: Mariano Rivera (14)
LP: Gio Gonzalez (5 - 3)

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Yankees 10, Athletics 3: Curtis Granderson Leads Offensive Explosion

For the second straight night the New York Yankees home run happy offense was too much for the Oakland Athletics stingy pitching staff. The Yankees hit two home runs and banged out 12 base hits Tuesday en route to a lopsided 10-3 victory over the Athletics.

Curtis Granderson hit a two-run home run as part of a three-hit, four-RBI game, Derek Jeter had two hits and scored three times, Alex Rodriguez finished with three hits and three RBI and Robinson Cano clubbed a two-run homer. Freddy Garcia (4-4) was the benefactor of all of that offensen, giving up three runs on nine hits with five strikeouts and two walks over seven innings for the Yankees, who have won three straight.

"We have a good lineup," New York manager Joe Girardi said. "We have a deep lineup and we have patient hitters that know how to work the count and foul pitches off. When guys make some mistakes, they get to them."

Brett Anderson (3-5) had by far his worst outing of the season for Oaklandn, allowing 10 runs on 11 hits and three walks over 5 1/3 innings.

The Yankees (30-23) are now a game ahead of Boston and 1.5 games ahead of Tampa Bay in the American League East.

-- Sports Network contributed to this report

Final - 5.31.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Yankees 2 0 1 2 2 3 0 0 0 10 12 1
Oakland Athletics 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 9 1
WP: Freddy Garcia (4 - 4)
LP: Brett Anderson (3 - 5)

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Yankees 5, Athletics 0: Bartolo Colon Pitches Shutout

If Bartolo Colon keeps this up, the doctors who have seemingly rescued Colon's career with the controversial stem cell surgery they performed on his ailing shoulder and elbow are going to become very rich men. Colon, out of baseball since the middle of 2009, continued an unlikely and amazing resurgence Monday afternoon by spinning a complete-game, four-hit shutout as the New York Yankees defeated the Oakland Athletics, 5-0, at Oakland Alameda County Coliseum.

This was Colon's first first complete game since 2006. Colon, 37, struck out six without walking a batter, improving to 3-3 on the season.

The Yankees jumped on Oakland starter Trevor Cahill (6-3) for three first-inning runs. Mark Teixeira hit a two-run home run and Robinson Cano doubled in the third run.

Derek Jeter led off the game with a single, his 2,981st career hit and scored on Teixeira's homer. Jeter later drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.

Final - 5.30.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Yankees 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 7 0
Oakland Athletics 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
WP: Bartolo Colon (3 - 3)
LP: Trevor Cahill (6 - 3)

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