Yanks bring out best in Suzuki

Yanks bring out best in Suzuki

OAKLAND -- The streaky Kurt Suzuki is at it again. And A's manager Bob Geren believes his catcher will continue his productive ways.

Suzuki went 4-for-11 over his first three games before entering a 3-for-26 slump during his next eight contests. However, entering Wednesday's matchup against the visiting Yankees, the catcher was batting .333 in his previous three games.

The timing shouldn't come as much of a surprise, though. The 26-year-old Suzuki is riding an 11-game hitting streak against the Yankees dating back to July 18, 2008, a span during which he's 20-for-47.

"He's starting to swing the bat a lot better," Geren said. "He was getting a little anxious in the zone, but now it looks like he's back to where he needs to be."

Suzuki proved just that by going 2-for-4 with a home run in Tuesday night's 7-3 loss. He batted in the cleanup spot ahead of designated hitter Eric Chavez for Wednesday's affair.