A's manager Bob Melvin credited Griffin for having the wherewithal to back up the base.
"There was mass confusion on that play," Griffin said.
Yankees special adviser Reggie Jackson rejoined the team and was in uniform after he made comments critical of Rodriguez and other former stars.
Notes: Jeter's sixth-inning run scored gave him 1,822, tying him with Eddie Collins for 15th all-time. ... Yankees LF Brett Gardner will have arthroscopic surgery on his troublesome right elbow next week to remove inflamed tissue, likely ending his season. He was hurt diving for a ball against the Twins on April 17 and hasn't played since. ... Injured New York reliever Joba Chamberlain (ankle) is scheduled to pitch for a fourth time with the Gulf Coast Yankees on Friday. ... Former A's 3B Eric Chavez received a mostly warm welcome when he came to the plate for the first time in the second. ... Not counting canines, the game drew 23,382.