Mussina's 7 sharp innings spark Yankees past A's

" Hero: Mussina (4-5) stopped a personal two-game losing skid. He allowed one run, six hits and had three strikeouts.

" Milestone triumph: Manager Joe Torre picked up win No. 2,010 to move one ahead of Leo Durocher for ninth on the career list.

" Quotable: "Anytime you start passing guys like [Durocher] that certainly leaves an impression. When I think of when I started here 12 years ago, this certainly wasn't on the top of my list." -- Torre

-- ESPN.com news services

Yankees 2, Athletics 1

NEW YORK (AP) _ Mike Mussina stood in his locker and very calmly
stressed the importance of the New York Yankees' 10-game homestand
that takes them up to the All-Star break.

"It's as important for us now to play well here leading into
the break as anything we've done all season," he said.

Mussina did his part Friday night, pitching seven sharp innings
to help the Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics 2-1 for their first win in a week.

Alex Rodriguez had three hits for New York, which was coming off a disastrous 1-7 road trip. New York has won nine of its last 10
games at Yankee Stadium.

Manager Joe Torre also picked up win No. 2,010 to move one ahead of Leo Durocher for ninth on the career list. He appeared ready to
pass Durocher on Thursday night with New York leading Baltimore 8-6
in the eighth but the game was suspended because of rain.

"I was hoping this would have happened earlier this year,"
Torre said with a smile. "Anytime you start passing guys like that
it certainly leaves an impression. When I think of when I started
here 12 years ago, this certainly wasn't on the top of my list."

Shannon Stewart went 3-for-3 and Eric Chavez doubled and scored for Oakland, which has lost seven of eight and 13 of 17.

Mussina (4-5) allowed one run and six hits to stop a personal
two-game losing streak. He struck out three and walked one.

Kyle Farnsworth came in to pitch the eighth and gave up one-out singles to Stewart and Mark Kotsay. He then struck out Nick Swisher
before Torre replaced him with Mariano Rivera. Farnsworth threw his
glove against the dugout wall and slammed his hat down after

"He was upset but he has to understand it shouldn't be an
embarrassment when you bring Mariano Rivera in [from] the
bullpen," Torre said.

It was the second animated display this week for Farnsworth, who shattered a bat in the dugout after departing Sunday's game in San
Francisco and declined comment after the win over Oakland.

Rivera struck out Jack Cust to get out of the eighth then
pitched the ninth for his 10th save in 12 chances. It also was
career save No. 423, putting him one behind John Franco for third
on the all-time list.

"We hit the ball well enough, we pitched well enough, we played well enough to win tonight," A's manager Bob Geren said. "We just
didn't. We needed a few breaks and tonight we didn't get them."

The Yankees backed Mussina with several strong defensive plays.

Derek Jeter robbed Bobby Crosby of a hit to begin the third,
grabbing his grounder deep in the hole at shortstop before making a
leaping throw to a stretching Andy Phillips at first for the out.

Jason Kendall and Stewart followed Jeter's play with
back-to-back singles but Mussina got Kotsay and Swisher to fly out
to end the inning.

Second baseman Robinson Cano made a nice stop on Mark Ellis' grounder to start an inning-ending double play in the fourth, and
Crosby lost another hit in the fifth when Bobby Abreu jumped at the
warning track to catch his fly ball to right.

"Everyone played well," Rodriguez said. "I think a couple
double plays in there were very important. Pitching and defense and
timely hitting, we'd like to get on a roll here this homestand."

A's starter Joe Kennedy got off to a rocky start but quickly
settled down. Rodriguez hit a two-out RBI double in the first
inning and scored on Jorge Posada's single to left to give the
Yankees a 2-0 lead.

Kennedy (2-6) got Abreu to fly out to left to end the first and
then shut out the Yankees over the next five innings. New York put
runners on first and second in the third but the left-hander got
Abreu to ground into an inning-ending double play.

Kennedy allowed seven hits, struck out five and walked three,
one intentionally. He's winless in four starts since beating Boston
on June 6.

"I thought I battled well today," he said. "I was able to
make some big pitches and get some big outs. I think I had guys on
base almost every inning. It could've been a lot worse with how
many guys I had on base tonight."

The banged-up A's placed outfielder Travis Buck on the 15-day
disabled list and optioned right-hander Ruddy Lugo to Triple-A
Sacramento before the game. They called up infielder Donnie Murphy
and outfielder Dee Brown from their top farm club to give Geren
another position player on the bench.

Buck makes it 10 players on the disabled list for Oakland, which has needed the DL 16 times already this season -- equaling last
year's total.

Game notes
Oakland sent temperamental OF Milton Bradley to the Padres
for minor league pitcher Andrew Brown and cash. Oakland designated
Bradley for assignment on June 21. ... Oakland OF Bobby Kielty
(strained left calf) went 1-for-2 with a double in a rehab game at
Sacramento on Thursday night. ... New York will honor its 1977
World Series championship team at the 61st Old-Timers' Day on July
7. Reggie Jackson, Graig Nettles, Chris Chambliss and Ron Guidry
are among the members of the championship team expected to be at
Yankee Stadium for the festivities. New York hosts the Los Angeles
Angels after the Old-Timers' game.