New York Yankees defeat Oakland Athletics, 3-1

OAKLAND - By the time the Yankees get back home from their road trip, Robinson Cano may have to adapt Aerosmith's "Walk This Way" as his theme song.

That might be a bit of a stretch, but the second baseman is working hard on his greatest weakness since he broke into the majors in 2005 - his plate discipline.

Nobody has ever questioned Cano's talent, which has helped him put together a .307 career average over five-plus seasons. But Cano's aggressive style has led to ...

OAKLAND - The eighth inning is Joba-time once again.

Three weeks after declaring the eighth up for grabs, Joe Girardi said Wednesday that Joba Chamberlain has landed back in the setup role, the same position in which he excelled when he burst upon the scene in late-2007.

"I think he's done what most of us expected him to do," Girardi said. "I think he's enjoying himself and what he's doing. It's nice when guys have roles and when the phone rings, they know it's them....

OAKLAND - No-hitters remain a rarity in baseball, but the Yankees are making the near-misses seem routine this season.

Phil Hughes became the second Yankee to come within sixouts of a no-no in the season's first 14 games, losing his bid Wednesday night on Eric Chavez's infield single in the eighth inning.

Hughes retreated to the bench two batters later, watching Joba Chamberlain and Mariano Rivera finish up a 3-1 win over the A's, the Yankees' sixth straight victory....