Going 0-for-Oakland Brings Yankees Back to Earth

July 23, 2012 12:00 AM

Going 0-for-Oakland Brings Yankees Back to Earth

" There are two kinds of sweeps in Major League Baseball.

The first kind is the one that leaves your team looking like a cartoon character after a steamroller plows over their body. They are flat and lifeless after days of continued pounding at the hand of a clearly superior team.

And then there's what the A's did to the Yankees in Oakland this weekend. Four straight wins, each of them by one run and each of them filled with missed opportunities that will haunt the Yankees as they make their way to Seattle for three games against the Mariners.

The common thread for the A's in these games was pitching. They got strong efforts in all four games from guys like A.J. Griffin, Tommy Milone and Jarrod Parker, names that were unfamiliar when the weekend started and now feel like a haunting cloud hovering above the playoffs.

Oakland still has a lot of work to do to get to that point, but every good start and every walk-off win (two this weekend) makes it feel like this might be some kind of sequel to "Moneyball" in the making "

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