Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/26/12

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Considering the New York Yankees began Friday's game with 2,023 more career homers in their lineup than the Oakland A's had in theirs, the night's result should have been no surprise.

The Yankees hit three homers, including a pair of two-run blasts, on their way to a 6-3 victory. The A's hit two homers, but both were solo shots.

New York's starting nine entered the night with 2,294 career homers, including Alex Rodriguez's 636 and Mark Teixeira's 319. Both players had more than the 271 of the entire A's lineup. Teixeira made it 320 with a third-inning, two-run homer that put the Yankees up 3-0, and New York never looked back. In the fifth, Robinson Cano hit a solo shot and Nick Swisher added a two-run homer to increase the lead to 6-1.

For a Yankees team that had been inconsistent offensively, it was quite a relief to put up a second consecutive robust performance. New York beat Kansas City 8-3 Wednesday in its previous game.

"During the season, you have highs and lows," Swisher said. "The past couple weeks haven't been what we wanted, but that's the season. It's a marathon, not a sprint. You gotta keep coming to the ballpark every day, grind it out. Today was one of those good games for us."

The Yankees pounded out 12 hits, with five players getting two apiece.

"These guys are too good for this to continue," manager Joe Girardi said. "All clubs go through it. It's not fun. It seems like it's never going to end, but it seems like we're starting to swing the bats better."

Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova (5-2) picked up the victory, allowing three runs in seven innings. The only relative stain was that he gave up two more homers -- solo shots by Josh Reddick and Kila Ka'aihue. Nova has allowed a team-high 12 homers.

"He's been up in the zone, and that's an adjustment he needs to make," Girardi said. "Solo homers you can live with if you don't give up too many. He needs to work on his location."

Boone Logan and Rafael Soriano pitched the final two innings to finish the victory. Soriano recorded his fourth save in four tries since replacing injured Mariano Rivera and David Robertson as the Yankees' closer.

A's starter Tyson Ross (2-5) lasted just 4 1/3 innings and was charged with six runs, although only three were earned. He gave up 11 hits.

The Yankees took advantage of an Oakland defensive mistake to jump to a 3-0 lead in the third inning.

With two outs and a runner at first, Cano hit a line drive to center field. Coco Crisp overran the ball, and it ticked off his glove and went to the wall. The two-base error allowed a run to score. Teixeira followed with a two-run homer.

"It was definitely an error," Crisp said. "It's a play that I feel like now I should make nine times out of 10, but before then, 10 times out of 10."

Later in the inning, A's shortstop Cliff Pennington mishandled a grounder. Although it was ruled a hit and didn't lead to any runs, it was another mistake to crank up Ross' pitch count.

The A's got on the board in the fourth on Reddick's team-leading 12th homer. In the fifth, Oakland had runners at second and third with no outs, but it scored just once on Kurt Suzuki's sacrifice fly.

NOTES: A's outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (wrist) took live batting practice. He is expected to do so again Sunday, and if that goes well, he could be headed out to a minor league rehab assignment. ... Oakland third baseman Brandon Inge (hamstring) went 1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI while playing six innings Friday on a rehab assignment with Class AAA Sacramento. He is due to play nine innings Saturday for Sacramento. If he doesn't have a setback, he could be activated Monday. ... A's right-hander Brandon McCarthy (shoulder) played catch Friday. ... Yankees reliever David Robertson (strained oblique) played catch Thursday in Tampa and is scheduled to do so again Monday, but there is no timetable for him get on a mound. ... New York left fielder Brett Gardner (elbow) won't swing a bat until Monday, at the earliest.

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