July 20, 2012 12:00 AM
" When the Yankees were last in Oakland, they were putting the finishing touches on an April sweep of the A's.
That was just business as usual. The final game of that sweep was the Yankees' ninth-straight win in Oakland, a streak dating back to 2010 and it came in the middle of Oakland's own nine-game losing streak that left them at 22-30 as May got underway.
It's been a very different story in Oakland since that point. The teams is 26-14 over their last 40 games, including Thursday's 4-3 win over the Yankees that ended that allowed them to reclaim ownership of their home field.
That might be a dubious prize given the quality of the edifice and size of the crowds, but you have to imagine it still feels nice to win a game in your own backyard. It feels even nicer that A.J. Griffin was the guy to do it.
Griffin, one of several unknown Oakland starters fueling this run, allowed two runs over six innings to pick up his second straight victory "
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