New York Yankees defeat Oakland Athletics, 7-5

The biggest lesson Cody Ransom has learned about his role this season: Patience is best exercised on the bench, not at the plate.

Filling in for Alex Rodriguez at third base and batting ninth, the Yankees' utility man had a career day at the plate Sunday, going 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles to left and scoring the decisive run in the Bombers' 7-5 victory over the Athletics at the Stadium.

It was the first time that Ransom, who has been in the big leagues for parts o...

As Phil Hughes has moved seamlessly into the eighth-inning role, it has many reminiscing about the 1996 Yankees.

Hughes threw 1-1/3 scoreless innings Sunday to extend his string to 23-1/3, the longest such streak since Mariano Rivera went 23 straight innings in 2005.

After Hughes helped beat the A's Sunday, 7-5, and with that scoreless streak under his belt, comparisons can be made to Rivera, who made his initial niche as a bridge to then-closer John Wetteland in 199...