Yankees 9 Athletics 2
- Last Updated: 1:00 PM, May 27, 2012
- Posted: 1:54 AM, May 27, 2012
OAKLAND — The man who took the most blame for the Yankees’ recent production outage is the one leading the effort back to respectability, now that he has junked an offseason plan that was designed to raise his batting average.
“I respected the people who asked and you listen,’’ Teixeira said of the approach he took in spring training and for most of the first two months of the season. “I tried to do it and it didn’t work. My whole career I have been a certain hitter and it worked out well. I tried to make everybody happy.’’
Teixeira made the entire Yankees’ universe smile yesterday when he led the Yankees to a 9-2 spanking of the Triple-A’s in front of 27,112 at the Coliseum.
Teixeira went 4-for-5, homered twice and drove in five runs. It was the second straight game in which he homered, and he is 8-for-19 in the past five games.
Though he didn’t mention who wanted him to try and improve on a career-low .248 average from last year, manager Joe Girardi always has been firm in that given the choice between Teixeira hitting for a higher average or getting 35 homers and 110 RBIs, he will take the production.
It wasn’t hitting coach Kevin Long’s idea, and general manager Brian Cashman said it wasn’t suggested by him.
“It doesn’t matter,’’ Teixeira said. “Kevin always talks about staying positive and be who you are and take your ‘A’ swing.’’
The Yankees’ fourth straight win tied a season high and went to CC Sabathia. After a rough four innings in which he gave up two runs and six hits, the Yankees’ ace blanked the A’s across the next three innings and improved to 6-2 by stopping a two-game losing streak.
Teixeira homered with one out and the bases empty in the fourth off Bartolo Colon, collected a two-out, two-run single off his former teammate the next inning, beat the shift with a single and hit a two-run homer to center field in the ninth.
Bothered by a deep bronchial problem that produced a violent cough since the beginning of the season, Teixeira’s energy level improved following three days off last week.
Now, the pop has returned.
“I am glad to see results,’’ Teixeira said of his new approach, which focuses on being more aggressive instead of attempting to serve soft singles to left. “I am trying to let it go which I have been doing my whole career.’’
Teixeira had help from middle-of-the-order mates. Robinson Cano went 3-for-5 and homered. Alex Rodriguez went 0-for-3 but drove in a run.
The Yankees have hit nine homers in the past three games, which makes life easier for everybody.
A notorious streak hitter, Teixeira knows this mini tear won’t last forever. But he also understands what made him one of the most feared hitters in baseball and why the Yankees dropped $180 million in his lap.
“You can always tinker with things,’’ Teixeira said. “I am who I am. I wouldn’t know how to explain the type of hitter I am.’’
Yesterday, he was a hitter who inflicted deep damage, the hitter the Yankees need not only to hit for average but power.Follow @NYPostsports