Streaking Yankees head to West Coast

Streaking Yankees head to West Coast

A week ago, the Yankees were returning home after three devastating losses in Tampa Bay, limping back to the Bronx with a last-place record of 11-19.

Apparently, home cooking did something to wake the Bombers up, as New York won five of six from Oakland and Seattle, putting together its first true winning streak of the season. The Yanks now head west to take on those same two teams before returning to the Big Apple to take on the Mets.

"We've played well, a lot better than we were," said Derek Jeter. "We have to continue it on the West Coast."

"It's never mattered in the past if we've been home or on the road when we start playing well," said manager Joe Torre. "We feel pretty good about ourselves as a team."

Mike Mussina will try to follow up the complete-game, four-hit shutout he twirled against the A's last weekend in the Bronx, the game that started the team's current streak. Mussina has won his last two starts, moving his record above .500.

The Yankees have won games in several ways during the streak. Mussina and Kevin Brown dominated the A's last weekend, then the team manufactured a run in the eighth inning on Monday to snap a tie game. Wednesday, the Yanks overcame five- and three-run deficits to take a 13-9 decision, giving the team a positive vibe before the off day.

"We're playing good now, but we've been pretty inconsistent," Jeter said. "We want to carry this into the road trip."

Pitching matchup
NYY: RHP Mike Mussina
• 3-2, 3.60 ERA in 2005
• 1-0, 0.00 ERA vs. OAK in 2005

OAK: RHP Rich Harden
• 2-2, 1.94 ERA in 2005
• 0-1, 2.57 ERA vs. NYY in 2005

Player to watch
Can anyone be hotter than Tino Martinez? The first baseman has homered in five consecutive games, as well as seven of the last eight contests in which he has started. The second of those last five homers came last Sunday against Harden, so Martinez will try to stretch that streak to six on Friday.

"You guys just leave him alone, let him do what he's doing. Don't mess with it, because it's a lot of fun." -- Jorge Posada to reporters after he was asked about Martinez's recent hot streak

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
Official game notes

On television
• NYY: YES Network

On radio
• NYY: WCBS 880 AM, WKDM 1380 AM (Español)
• OAK: KFRC 610 AM

Quick hits
New York went 5-1 on its six-game homestand. ... Hideki Matsui has not homered in his last 136 plate appearances, the longest drought of his Yankees career. His previous mark was 118, which he did in May-June 2003. He went 2-for-5 on Wednesday. ... Mariano Rivera needs one save to pass Rollie Fingers for sole possession of seventh place on the all-time saves list. ... Tony Womack tied the Yankees team record with four stolen bases on Wednesday. The last player to do that for New York was Gerald Williams in 1996.

On deck
• Saturday: at Oakland, 9:05 p.m. ET
• Sunday: at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. ET
• Monday: at Seattle, 10:05 p.m. ET

Mark Feinsand is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.