Posted July 20, 2012 on AP on Fox
A.J. Griffin glanced into the visiting dugout and saw Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira among others. Oakland's rookie right-hander felt some nerves all right. Then, Yoenis Cespedes hit a two-run homer in the first inning to give him a quick lead and Griffin shut down one of baseball's best lineups for five innings as the Athletics beat the Yankees 4-3 Thursday night to snap a nine-game skid at home to New York. Griffin already has shown poise in some high-profile moments - meeting the Bay Area rival Giants in his big league debut last month, hanging tough at two-time AL champion Texas his next time out, facing Boston on July 4 and beating the Twins for his first victory last Friday. ''It's fun. I didn't have a choice of who I pitched against,'' he said. ''We're having a lot of fun right now. I like to hear the music after games.'' Through the noise, he turned to Sean Doolittle and said, ''Hey, we just beat ...
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