Nick Swisher said he was halfway up the first-base line after a seventh-inning grounder when he felt a “tug” in his left leg. Although the Yankees have labeled it a mildly strained hip flexor, Swisher said the injury is closer to his quad. You think of the hip flexor as a groin-area injury. Swisher said this one is lower, close to the middle of his upper leg.
“I just kind of let up on it (after feeling the tug), which was good, because I didn’t feel like I really yanked it,” Swisher said. “I just kind of felt like I just kind of tugged it. Rather than making it two or three weeks, hopefully it’s only two or three days. … I let the doctors tell me what’s going on. I kind of go on feel and I feel pretty good right now. I feel like I’m walking normal, which is good. I think it’s going to be one of those day-to-day type of things.”
Swisher has never been on the disabled list during his time with the Yankees, but he’s dealt with knee, hamstring, quad and groin issues that have occasionally cost him some time.
“He’s not going to be a player for me tomorrow,” Joe Girardi said. “Hopefully it’s not a long-term thing.”
Swisher said he’s not remotely concerned that this will be a disabled list situation.
“It’s not in my vocabulary,” Swisher said.
• The Yankees made this one close with the Russell Martin and Robinson Cano home runs in the eighth and ninth innings. “You get a couple runs off the relievers, and you think, you know what, I think we’re going to be able to come back and get ahead,” Girardi said. “But we weren’t able to.”
• Cody Eppley’s been terrific this season, but he gave up three straight hits without getting an out in the bottom of the ninth. The infield single was some bad luck, and the walk-off actually came on a solid pitch, but it was the Yoenis Cespedes single that got the ball rolling and really created problems. “He stays on stuff well, no matter what you’re throwing,” Eppley said. “He squares up a lot of balls well and hits a lot of balls hard. Just go back out tomorrow, and if I get to face him again, maybe I go about him a different way.”
• Eppley on the game-winner by Brandon Moss: “I just wanted to get ahead. I wanted something down and away. I thought it got there. Maybe outer third instead of maybe the corner, but at that point I didn’t really want to get behind.”
• The A’s lead the big leagues with 10 walk-off wins this season. Five of their past nine home games have been walk-offs. They are 12-2 in the month of July, the best record in the Majors for the month.
• The Yankees offense really didn’t get much going against Tommy Milone, who tied an Oakland franchise record for the most strikeouts in a game (10) against the Yankees. “Really it starts with their pitching,” Russell Martin said. “Not many teams can contain us like they have in the last couple games. Their guy tonight, I didn’t really see a good pitch to hit. Kept getting ahead, making good pitches, mixing his speeds, both sides of the plate.”
• Trying to run on Josh Reddick didn’t do the Yankees any favors. He got his career-high ninth outfield assist when Mark Teixeira tried to go first to third in the fourth inning. The A’s have already matched their season total for last year with 21 outfield assists this season.
• Ivan Nova has allowed at least nine hits in three of his past four starts, including nine hits today. He limited the damage to two runs through 6.2 innings, but he was constantly in trouble. “I think when I have runners in scoring position, I think I focus more than when I have nobody on base,” Nova said. “I think I have to focus the same way but I think that’s what I’m doing. I try to make the pitch. I’m trying to throw hard, trying to be aggressive. I think that’s what I do for nobody on. Trying to get them out.”
• Nova said he was having some trouble with his fastball moving back to the middle of the plate, especially when he tried to go inside against lefties. “My fastball is moving a lot,” he said. “So if I go inside, I’ve got to go way, way, way inside just in case the ball comes up and goes back.”
• Girardi pointed to Nova’s slider as a problem tonight: “He made some mistakes with his slider at times, where he didn’t get it low enough, and some of the left-handed hitters hit it pretty hard for doubles and triples,” Girardi said. “But you almost get seven innings and two runs, you figure you’re going to win most of those games.”
• The Yankees ended their streak of 43 consecutive games scoring at least three runs. It was the longest such single-season streak in franchise history.
• Robinson Cano did extend his hitting streak to a career-high 23 games. He went 2-for-4 including a game-tying homer in the nine. It was Cano’s 22nd home run of the year.
• Andruw Jones struck out a season-high four times. It was the 14th game of his career in which he struck out four or more times, his first since October 1, 2009.
• Girardi said he’s not sure who will start in right field tomorrow. He didn’t rule out the idea of playing Andruw Jones against a right-hander, but Dewayne Wise is also a natural fit.
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