New York Yankees defeat Oakland Athletics, 11-5

Alex Rodriguez may be just days away from returning to the lineup, but on Monday night Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano and Nick Swisher made that wait a little easier for the Yankees.

They combined to pound one of the American League's best young starters and beat the A's 11-5 in front of 46,356 at Yankees Stadium.

The Yankees remained tied with the Rays, who beat the Blue Jays Monday night, for first in the American League East for the eighth straight day. That is the lon...