A's accomplish rare Bronx feat

Originally Published: June 11, 2006
ESPN.com

BASEBALL TONIGHT EXTRA

There was a letdown for the Yankees after their series win over the Red Sox -- and the Athletics took full advantage, pulling off a rare sweep in the Bronx. Oakland got back over .500 with three big wins, including two by one-run margins. The Athletics were the best team in the ballpark at the beginning and end of each game, with Huston Street closing the Yankees out on each occasion. The Bronx Bombers have some issues, injury and otherwise, to straighten out, and have to be careful in this stretch not to fall back too far in the AL East.

INSIDE THE SERIES: A'S TAKE THREE FROM YANKS
• Outscore New York 17-12; trailed for only two innings

• First Oakland sweep at Yankee Stadium since 1994

• Street saves all three games

Barry Zito snaps seven-game losing streak to Yankees

FORWARD THINKING: MONDAY
Devil Rays at Tigers, 7:05 ET: Scott Kazmir is 0-2 in three starts (14 ER in 13 2/3 IP) since his last win on May 21. After winning four straight starts from May 10-27, the Tigers' Justin Verlander has been touched for 10 earned runs and 14 hits in his last two outings.

Jose ContrerasWhite Sox at Rangers, 7:05 ET: Opponents are batting just .208 against AL ERA leader Jose Contreras (6-0, 2.54). Lefty John Koronka goes for the Rangers.

Orioles at Blue Jays, 7:07 ET: Rookie Casey Janssen (5-3, 3.07) has four wins and a no-decision in his last five starts. Kris Benson (6-5, 4.64), the Orioles' team leader in wins, is 4-2 with a 5.85 ERA on the road.

Monday's probables

NEWS AND NOTES
• Braves starting pitcher Horacio Ramirez left Sunday's game against the Astros after being hit on the forehead with a ball hit by Lance Berkman in the second inning. Ramirez got up under his own power and was escorted to the bullpen as a trainer pressed a towel to his forehead.

A.J. Burnett • Toronto RHP A.J. Burnett (sore elbow) will make a rehab start for Triple-A Syracuse on Monday instead of Class A Dunedin (it's expected to rain in Dunedin).

• Rockies reliever Mike DeJean will have season-ending arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder and is expected to be sidelined six to eight months.

• Red Sox reliever Mike Timlin (strained right shoulder) pitched a simulated game Sunday morning at Triple-A Pawtucket. "It went well. I felt great," Timlin said. "I threw 24 pitches, but I've been feeling good for a week."

Jason Giambi • Yankees slugger Jason Giambi was held out of the lineup Sunday because of a sore left hand that was hit by a pitch Saturday. X-rays were negative, and the Yankees hope he'll be able to play Tuesday.

BIG PAPI DOES IT AGAIN
David Ortiz's three-run HR in the ninth inning gave Boston a 5-4 win over Texas.
SUNDAY'S TOP PERFORMERS
• Rookie Francisco Liriano allowed just one hit while striking out six in seven innings in the Twins' 4-0 victory against the visiting Orioles. Liriano (5-1) carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning.

• With Boston down to its last strike, David Ortiz hit a three-run homer to lift the Red Sox to a 5-4 victory over the Rangers in the opener of a split-admission doubleheader. It's his first game-ending homer of the year, but the sixth in the regular season for his career.

Eric Munson hit two homers and Jason Lane matched a career-high with five RBI to help the Astros crush the Braves 14-4.

Carlos Beltran drove in four runs as the Mets routed Arizona 15-2, completing a four-game sweep. It was a big series for Beltran, who went 9-for-17 with three doubles, three homers and 10 RBI.

Jonny Gomes and Carl Crawford each hit two home runs and the Devil Rays matched their franchise record with six homers in an 8-2 win against Kansas City.

Ivan Rodriguez homered and tied a season high with five RBI to lead Detroit to a 10-5 win at Toronto.

Felix Hernandez threw 94 pitches en route to a four-hitter to lead the Mariners past the Angels 6-2. Hernandez made just 29 pitches from the fourth inning through the seventh.

PHOTO OF THE DAY
Damian Jackson
Pardon me: The Padres' Mike Cameron, left, collides with Marlins catcher Miguel Olivo, knocking the ball loose.