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YANKEES 9, ATHLETICS 2
He has been booed. He has been vilified on New York talk radio. He even has been demoted to seventh in the batting order. But on Saturday, Mark Teixeira extended what he hopes is a stretch where he can reclaim his place as one of the most feared hitters in the American League.
Teixeira went 4-for-5 including two home runs and drove in five runs to lead New York and ace left-hander CC Sabathia to a decisive defeat of Oakland at o.co Coliseum.
Teixeira began his assault on the Athletics in the third inning when he launched a 2-2 fastball from Bartolo Colon (4-5) deep into the bleachers in right-field to break a 2-2 tie.
He followed that with a two-out, two-run single in the fifth off Colon to increase the Yankees’ lead to 6-2.
After leading off the seventh inning with a single, Teixeira completed his best day of the season with a one-out, two-run home run into the left-field seats off A’s reliever Graham Godfrey to give the Yankees their winning 9-2 margin.
Meanwhile, Sabathia (6-2) was able to give the Yankees seven solid innings.
Jonny Gomes touched him for an RBI single to right to score Jemile Weeks in the first inning, which gave the A’s an early 1-0 lead.
After Robinson Cano tied it up for the Yankees with his seventh home run of the season and his second in two games, the Yankees pushed across another run in the third inning on a RBI single by Derek Jeter.
However, Josh Reddick greeted Sabathia with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the third inning to knot the game at 2-2.
Though Sabathia did struggle early with his command, he ended up giving up just the two runs on seven hits and two walks and he fanned four batters to snap a personal two-game losing streak.
Colon, who pitched for the Yankees last season, was rocked for six runs on 11 hits and no walks and three strikeouts in six innings of work.
After losing six of seven games in which they were outscored 34-15, the Yankees have now won four in a row and have outscored the opposition by a count of 26-10.
With the victory the Yankees improved their season ledger to 25-21. The A’s are 22-25.
- Teixeira told reporters on Wednesday that he was through trying to put balls in play to raise his average and he was going to return to his old approach of just hitting for power. The results seem encouraging. In his last two games, Teixeira is 6-for-10 with three home runs, a double, two singles, seven RBIs and three runs scored.
- Jeter drove in two runs and had two hits in the game. The two hits gave him 3,154 career hits, which ties him with Kansas City Royals Hall-of-Famer George Brett for 14th place on the all-time hit list. Jeter’s 2-for-4 day raised his season average to a team-leading .342.
- Cano was 3-for-5 with a homer, a double and a single, he scored three runs and he raised his batting average over the .300 mark to .302.
- Curtis Granderson did not have a red-letter day. He was 0-for-4 with a strikeout and a walk. When he did draw that walk in the seventh inning he was caught stealing by Oakland reliever Jordan Norberto. He also grounded out to end the eighth inning and left the bases loaded. He stranded a total of six runners in the game.
- Sabathia was far from his ace form on Saturday but you do have to give him credit for holding the A’s scoreless after Teixeira’s solo home run in the fourth. Over the next four innings, Sabathia gave up just two hits and no walks and he retired 13 of the last 15 batters he faced.
- Chris Stewart has been Sabathia’s personal catcher for all but one start this season and he was picked up off waivers because of his defensive prowess. However, he committed a passed ball in the fourth inning and he now has five this season in 94 innings behind the plate. In 460 1/3 innings catching with the Giants in 2011 he had two passed balls.
The Yankees will have a chance to sweep the A’s in their three-game series on Sunday.
Veteran right-hander Hiroki Kuroda (3-6, 4.56 ERA) will get the start for the Yankees. Kuroda, 37, is coming off two disastrous starts in which he has given up 10 runs in 10 1/3 innings. He is 0-1 with a 7.50 ERA in his one start against the A’s in his career.
The A’s will call upon ace right-hander Tommy Milone (6-3, 3.75 ERA). Milone gave up just one run on five hits in seven innings in a victory against the Angels on Monday. He has never faced the Yankees.
Game-time will be 4:05 p.m. EDT and the game will be telecast by the YES Network.
YANKEES 7, ATHLETICS 5
A victory is a victory. But there are some victories that expose what a team is missing.
Though New York defeated Oakland on Sunday, the mood at Yankee Stadium was relief the pesky A’s were leaving town.
Bartolo Colon (7-6) pitched seven solid innings and Curtis Granderson, Andruw Jones and Eduardo Nunez drove in two runs apiece as the Yankees staked their vaunted bullpen to a 6-2 lead to start the eighth inning. However, the usually reliable David Robertson and Mariano Rivera were tagged for three runs on seven hits and a walk to barely hold on to defeat the Athletics.
Robertson was pressed into service despite the fact he threw 25 pitches in an inning of work on Saturday. Robertson has been filling in the eighth inning role since the Yankees lost Rafael Soriano on May 14 with right elbow inflammation and Joba Chamberlain on June 6 for the season with Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. On Sunday, the heavy workload on the All-Star reliever Robertson showed.
The A’s battered Robertson for two runs on three doubles and a walk in 30 more pitches over two-thirds of an inning, prompting manager Joe Girardi to summon Rivera from the bullpen for a very rare four-out save. Rivera escaped the two-out, two on jam by inducing Cliff Pennington to ground out on his second pitch.
However, the A’s — trailing 7-4 after Derek Jeter drove in an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth on an infield groundout — refused to go gently in the ninth.
With one out, the A’s strung together four straight singles — the last an RBI single by Josh Willingham — off Rivera to score a run to draw them within two runs with the bases loaded. Rivera and the Yankees escaped disaster when David DeJesus’ line drive headed into the right-field corner was stopped by first baseman Mark Teixeira, who trotted to first to double up Willingham for a game-ending unassisted double play.
What little was left of the crowd of 45,596 seemed to all exhale with a collective sigh of relief just before the P.A. system struck up Frank Sinatra singing his familiar “New York, New York.” Perhaps, in this case, it would have been more appropriate to play Sinatra’s “Luck Be A Lady Tonight.”
The Yankees had trailed 2-0 early to the A’s and their talented lefty starter Gio Gonzalez before the Yankees began chipping away in the bottom of the second inning. Jones followed a two-out single and a stolen base by Russell Martin with his first RBI single of the day to draw the Yankees to within a run.
Two innings later, Nunez laced a line-drive two-out double to the gap in left-center to score Martin and Jones, who Gonzalez had hit with a pitch and walked on four pitches, respectively. The Yankees took the lead at 3-2 and never did surrender it the rest of the way.
Granderson padded the lead to 5-2 in the fifth when he followed a leadoff walk to Derek Jeter with his 27th home run of the season and his 11th off a left-hander this season, which leads the major leagues. Later in the inning, Jones delivered a bases-loaded single to score Teixeira and chase Gonzalez (9-7) from the game. Gonzalez left having given up six runs on seven hits and three walks and struck out five in 4 2/3 innings of work.
Colon meanwhile, relied a bit more on his slider than his fastball in holding the A’s to just two runs on eight hits and a walk and he struck out four to win his first start since July 2 against the Mets. It also was his first post-All-Star break victory since the 2005 season.
Colon and the Yankees were able to hold on that victory for him despite the rocky eighth and ninth innings. Rivera got credit for his 25th save in 29 chances and extended his major-league record of consecutive seasons of 25 or more saves to 15.
With the victory the Yankees remain three games behind the Boston Red Sox in the American League East. The A’s dropped to 44-57 on the season.
- Colon was not as sharp as he has been, but he was good enough to limit the opposition to two earned runs or fewer for the ninth time in 15 starts. The A’s only got to Colon in the second inning. With two out, Kurt Suzuki stroked a double to left. Cliff Pennington followed with a single to right that scored Suzuki when Nick Swisher’s throw from right-field skipped past Martin at the plate. Rookie Eric Sogard then doubled to right-center to score Pennington to give the A’s a 2-0 lead. Colon shut out the A’s from there thanks to a great defensive play by Granderson and Robinson Cano.
- Granderson and Cano teamed up to deny the A’s what might have been a key run in the fifth. With Sogard at first and two out, Hideki Matsui, who was 5-for-5 in the game, stroked his first of two doubles on the day to center. Granderson retrieved the ball and, as Sogard headed for home, Cano relayed the ball high but right on the plate to Martin. Martin caught it over his head and brought his glove down to tag Sogard out as he blocked the plate. Despite an inconsequential error charged to Cano in the sixth, the Yankees played exceptional defense led by a spectacular play earlier by Cano, three excellent stops by Teixeira and Martin threw out a base-stealer in the seventh.
- Granderson’s great season continues despite the fact he has been slumping of late and he has been striking out at an alarming rate. Granderson’s blast to right reached the second deck and was the key blow of the game. Granderson now has has 27 home runs, 74 RBIs and is hitting .265. Of course, he also leads the team in strikeouts with 107 and he fanned three times on Sunday, all on breaking pitches in the dirt.
- Nunez filled in nicely for Jeter when he was on the disabled list and now he is doing the same with Alex Rodriguez on the DL. Nunez was 2-for-4 with a double and a single, he drove in two runs, stole a base and scored a run on Sunday. From June 14 through Sunday, Nunez is 31-for-105 (.295) with two home runs and 15 RBIs. He also has eight stolen bases.
- Robertson entered Sunday’s game with a 3-0 record and 1.14 ERA and he had only allowed one earned run since June 9, a stretch of 15 appearances. So it is hard to fault Robertson for his poor showing on Sunday. But in this instance you have to blame Girardi for choosing to use Robertson after he threw so many pitches on Saturday when he loaded the bases on walks and struck out the final batter to escape without a run scoring. In these situations Girardi will have to trust Cory Wade or Luis Ayala more. Of course, if the Yankees get a healthy Soriano back as expected this week, Robertson’s heavy workload can be lessened some.
- Swisher entered the game as the hottest hitter on the team. But on Sunday he was 0-for-4 with a strikeout. After pushing his average over .261 for the first time this season, Swisher’s average has dipped back to .258.
- When Rivera struggles to get outs it is news. Rivera escaped the eighth on two pitches but ran into trouble with out in the ninth. Jemile Weeks singled sharply to center. Coco Crisp then rolled a single just off Cano’s glove and Matsui lined a single to right to load the bases. Willingham singled to left to score Weeks and suddenly the Yankees were faced with the tying run at second, one out and the bases loaded. DeJesus’ line drive could have easily doomed the Yankees to either a tie or a one-run deficit in the bottom of the ninth. Luckily, Teixeira bailed out Rivera and the Yankees by being at the right place at the right time.
The Yankees held on to win the rubber game their three-game home series with the A’s. They now will open a three-game series with the Seattle Mariners, who have lost 14 games in a row.
The Yankees will start the series with veteran right-hander Freddy Garcia (8-7, 3.21 ERA). Garcia pitched 6 2/3 innings of shutout baseball against the Rays for his 12th quality start of the season. Garcia fanned seven and walked none and looked dominant with his off-speed assortment. He is 4-3 with a 5.46 ERA in his career against the Mariners.
Seattle will counter with left-hander Jason Vargas (6-8, 3.94 ERA). Vargas was blasted by the Blue Jays for five runs on six hits over just three innings. Vargas, 28, has given up 10 earned runs in his last two starts. He is 0-2 with a 7.66 ERA lifetime against the Yankees.
Game-time will be 7:05 p.m. EDT and the game will be telecast by the YES Network.
YANKEES 17, ATHLETICS 7
Eli Manning threw for two touchdowns and the Giants’ defense smothered the Raiders . . . Oops, wrong sport.
Nick Swisher homered and tied a career high with five RBIs and Mark Teixeira connected for a grand-slam home run as New York pounded Oakland on an oppressively hot and humid evening in the Bronx on Friday.
Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the second inning, the Yankees erupted for five runs off A’s starter Trevor Cahill, keyed by a two-run single by Derek Jeter. But the Yankees sent Cahill (8-9) to an early and likely very refreshing cold shower in the third inning as they sent 13 batters to the plate and scored nine runs.
The big blows were Swisher’s three-run home run to make the score 8-2 and Teixeira’s grand slam off reliever Michael Wuertz that extended the onslaught to 14-2.
The only real down note for the Yankees was the inability of starter Phil Hughes to stay in the game long enough to collect an easy victory. The A’s touched Hughes for three runs in fourth and Hughes was removed in the fifth after he loaded the bases with one out.
Hector Noesi came on in relief and surrendered a two-run single to Jemile Weeks that brought the score to 14-7. However, Noesi (2-0) settled down and ended up pitching 3 2/3 innings of shutout baseball to earn the victory.
In a game that started in 100-degree heat, the Yankees’ bats were even hotter as they set a season mark by scoring nine runs in an inning and their 17 runs in the game were the most they have scored this season. Though Oakland might have been surprised by the amount of runs scored, they could not have been too shocked at the result. They have now lost 11 straight games to the Yankees. They also have a 1-14 record at the new Yankee Stadium, having lost 11 in a row.
Cahill entered the game with a career record of 0-3 and a 9.72 ERA against the Yankees. He is now 0-4 with a 13.50 ERA. He gave up 10 runs on nine hits and two walks in two-plus innings. It is the most runs the Yankees have scored off an A’s starter since they tacked up nine runs on Brett Anderson in May.
With the victory, the Yankees improved their record to 58-39 and they remain two games back of the Boston Red Sox in the American League East. The A’s are now 43-56.
- It was nice to see Teixeira finally connect with something other than air. Teixeira’s 26th home run was his first since June 30. Teixeira entered the game with no home runs and only four RBIs in July and he is hitting only .225 in that span.
- Swisher’s five RBIs on the night were the fifth time in his career he has reached that mark. Swisher smacked his 11th home run in the nine-run third inning and he added an two-run bases-loaded single in the seventh inning to extend the lead to 16-7. Oddly, it was Swisher’s first home run since June 28 against Milwaukee.
- Jeter was 2-for-3 with a walk, scored a run, stole a base and drove in three runs. Over his last 10 games, Jeter is hitting .341 with a homer and six RBIs. Jeter’s big night came from the No. 2 spot in the batting order as manager Joe Girardi is electing to bat Brett Gardner in the leadoff spot against right-handers and move Curtis Granderson to the No. 3 spot.
- Rookie infielder Brandon Laird entered the game for Jeter as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning and drew a walk and scored a run in his major-league debut. Then Laird, 23, collected his first major-league hit and RBI with a single up the middle in the eighth off Craig Breslow. Laird was called up earlier in the week to replace Ramiro Pena on the roster. Pena is on the 15-day disabled list after having an appendectomy on Monday.
- There has to be some concern about Hughes, who was making his third start after being activated from the disabled list. Hughes gave up seven runs on nine hits and four walks in 4 1/3 innings. Girardi tried to allow Hughes to go the necessary five innings to get the victory, but Hughes walked Cliff Pennington to load the bases with one out. After having thrown 98 pitches, Hughes looked helpless and Noesi was brought in to keep the A’s from getting any closer.
- Gardner was able to drive in a run in the second inning with a bases-loaded infield single. However, his other four at-bats were not too good. He struck out three times and rolled out weakly to second base. He also committed a rare error when he was unable to corral a bouncer down the left-field line off the bat of Jemile Weeks that rolled all the way to the wall.
- Granderson was the only Yankee starter who failed to register a hit in the game. However, he still contributed to the offense. He was hit by a pitch, walked twice and hit a sacrifice fly. He also stole a base, scored two runs and drove in two. He struck out in his two official at-bats.
Relief pitcher Rafael Soriano and backup corner infielder Eric Chavez likely will return to the Yankees during the current 10-game homestand, Girardi told reporters on Friday. Both players played in a rehab game for Class A Tampa on Thursday. Soriano gave up one run on two hits and Chavez played third base for seven innings and was 1-for-4 with an RBI. Soriano has been sidelined with elbow inflammation and Chavez has been recovering from a broken bone in his left foot. . . . The heat created some issues during the game. Home-plate umpire Marty Foster required ammonia towels and water between innings late in the game and Oakland reliever Joey Devine had trouble keeping the ball from slipping out of his hand due to excessive perspiration. Devine walked the bases loaded to begin the seventh and had to be removed from the game. . . . Foster drew the ire of the A’s bench on a few strike calls during the game. Foster ejected A’s hitting coach Gerald Perry in the fourth inning after he called out Josh Willingham on strikes and he drew angry words from Coco Crisp in the fifth when he rung him up for strike three.
The Yankees will continue their three-game weekend series with the A’s and the heat is expected to be even worse on Saturday.
Hard-luck A.J. Burnett (8-7, 4.17 ERA) will start for the Yankees. Burnett gave up four runs (three earned) on eight hits and six walks in 5 1/3 innings on Monday in a loss to the Rays. Burnett has not won a start since June 29 against the Brewers. He is 5-3 with a 3.74 ERA against the A’s in his career.
The A’s will counter with oft-injured right-hander Rich Harden (1-1, 5.00 ERA). Harden allowed three runs on four hits and two walks and he fanned nine in seven innings against the Rangers in his last start. Harden is 1-3 with a 5.10 ERA in nine appearances against the Yankees.
Game-time is 1:05 p.m. EDT and the game will be telecast by the YES Network.