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By HOWIE RUMBERG  AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK (AP) _ Mark Teixeira hit a grand slam and Nick Swisher
had a three-run drive in a nine-run third inning and the New York
Yankees ambushed the Oakland Athletics early for a 17-7 victory in
the searing heat Friday night.

Swisher and Teixeira homered with two bases-loaded walks in
between as the Yankees had their highest-scoring inning of the
season _ it was also the most runs allowed by the A’s in an inning
in 2011. The big inning followed a five-run burst against Trevor
Cahill (8-9) in the second and sent Oakland to its 11th straight
loss against New York.

Derek Jeter drove in three runs and Swisher matched a career
high with five RBIs for the Yankees. Backup catcher Francisco
Cervelli reached base five times with three hits and two walks.
Jemile Weeks returned to Oakland’s lineup after missing a game
with a sore right foot and had a two-run single among his three
hits. Cliff Pennington hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs
against a listless Phil Hughes. But seven Oakland pitchers allowed
nine walks in a 3-hour, 41-minute game.

Hector Noesi (2-0) pitched 3 2-3 innings of four-hit ball.
The Yankees needed only one inning to perk up after arriving
home at 3:30 a.m. from a 4-4 trip played entirely on artificial
turf. With temperatures in New York topping 100 degrees, the
Yankees skipped batting practice _ Oakland was out there in the
blazing sun and stifling humidity.

While manager Joe Girardi said he remembers a teammate once
putting lettuce on his head to cool off, players on both teams
didn’t appear to resort to such extreme measures with the
thermometer at 100 for a 7:08 p.m. first pitch. The Yankees posted
in the clubhouse a list of suggestions for avoiding dehydration and
promoting recovery for Saturday’s 1:05 p.m. start.

Looking for his first win in the Bronx this season, Hughes
struggled from the start. He walked two and gave up an RBI double
to Scott Sizemore in the first. Cliff Pennington had a run-scoring
single in the second and a two-run homer in the fourth. Hughes,
with a 14-5 lead, slammed the rosin bag when Girardi came to remove
him with one out and the bases loaded in the fifth.

The Yankees exerted considerable energy in scoring five times in
the second, using five singles, a walk, a sacrifice fly and some
hustle from Brett Gardner to go up 5-2.

After Eduardo Nunez had an opposite field single to right for
the first run, Gardner hit a slow chopper between first and second
that Weeks fielded and tossed to Cahill. Gardner dived for the bag
as Cahill lunged to touch the base and Gardner was called safe
although replays indicated that Cahill touched the side of the base
first as another run scored.

Jeter also went the other way for a two-run single for hit No.
3,011, passing Wade Boggs for 25th place. Curtis Granderson,
starting in the No. 3 hole for the first time, hit a sacrifice fly
to make it 5-2.

Cahill allowed the five batters he faced in the third to reach _
including Swisher’s 11th homer _ before being pulled for Michael
Wuertz, who fared no better. Wuertz walked Jeter and Granderson
with the bases loaded before Teixeira connected for his sixth grand
slam.

Cahill has lost his last four decisions going back to June 30.
The 2-plus innings and 10 runs were career worsts. He allowed 12 of
the 17 men he faced reach base and his ERA went from 3.16 to 3.77.
Swisher had a two-run single in the seventh and Brandon Laird,
in his major league debut, had his first hit and RBI in the eighth
to give the Yankees a season high for runs scored.

NOTES: OF Marcus Thames worked out at the Yankees’ complex in
Tampa, Fla. Friday. He was designated for assignment by the Los
Angeles Dodgers and cleared waivers on Tuesday. … The last time
the temperature at Yankee Stadium for the first pitch was 100
degrees was on July 5, 1999. It was 102 degrees at Yankee Stadium
on the day of the 1977 All-Star game. … Hideki Matsui on being
asked if he thought he would hit his 500th homer _ combined total
between Japan and major leagues _ in New York (he hit it Wednesday
in Detroit): “That would have been too good of a tale.” The
Yankees showed a video compilation of Matsui homers on the
scoreboard after the first innings. He hit 140 homers with New
York. … To combat the heat, A’s manager Bob Melvin said Landon
Powell will catch Saturday to give Suzuki a rest. … The Yankees
have beaten the A’s 25 of the last 29 meetings since 2008.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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