Yankees At Athletics: Yankees Swept By Oakland In Four-Game Series

The New York Yankees were swept by the Oakland Athletics in a four-game series

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Yankees Vs. Athletics Final Score: New York Loses 5-4 In 12 Innings

It took 12 innings, but the New York Yankees fell, 5-4, to the Oakland Athletics on Sunday at O.co Coliseum as Oakland swept the four-game series. The Yankees led 4-0 at one point, but CC Sabathia gave up home runs to Brandon Inge and Kurt Suzuki in the fifth inning to spark the A's comeback. Sabathia gave up seven hits and three earned runs in his seven innings on the mound, walking one and striking out six.

Seth Smith hit a third home run, this time off Rafael Soriano, to tie the game at four runs apiece in the bottom of the ninth inning. Cody Eppley (0-2) was credited with the loss after giving up the single to Coco Crisp that scored Derek Norris for the winning run in the 12th.

The Yankees led off the third inning with four straight singles. Mark Teixeira batted in DeWayne Wise to put the Yankees up 1-0. Two batters later with the bases still loaded, Alex Rodriguez batted in two more runs with a double. Curtis Granderson hit his 26th home run of the year off Bartolo Colon to extend the Yankees' lead to 4-0 in the fourth inning.

Colon settled down to retire eight straight batters, however. He finished the day after 6 2/3 innings with eight hits given up and four earned runs. He struck out five with one walk.

Jerry Blevins (3-0) was credited with the win after giving up no hits and one walk with two strikeouts in two innings of work in extra innings.

"We lost four tough games here. We lost four games by a total of four runs," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. "That's no fun. Gotta put it behind you and get ready for Seattle."

The Yankees will begin a three-games series against the Seattle Mariners on Monday at 10:10 p.m. ET. Hiroki Kuroda (9-7, 3.46 ERA) and Seattle's Kevin Millwood (3-7, 4.15) will be the starting pitchers.

Final - 7.22.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
New York Yankees 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 11 1
Oakland Athletics 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 5 11 1
WP: Jerry Blevins (3 - 0)
LP: Cody Eppley (0 - 2)

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Yankees (57-37) At Athletics (50-44) Preview: Game Time, TV Schedule, Probable Pitchers

The New York Yankees will look to avoid a four-game sweep against their host, the Oakland A's, on Sunday, when Yanks' ace CC Sabathia opposes former NYY member Bartolo Colon at 4:05 p.m. ET on the YES Network. Sabathia (10-3, 3.27 ERA) will try and help the Yankees (57-37) break its current slump as he returns from the disable list because of a groin strain. Manager Joe Girardi said the ace will be on a pitch count.

Meanwhile, Colon (6-8, 3.88 ERA) may not be having the same success he had with the Yankees last season, but it seems the A's pitching has had New York's number in this series. On Saturday, New York was held to just one run in a slim 2-1 loss, the team's third-straight one-run loss.

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New York Yankees
@ Oakland Athletics

Sunday, Jul 22, 2012, 4:05 PM EDT
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

CC Sabathia vs Bartolo Colon

Sunny. Winds blowing out to right field at 10-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 70.

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Yankees-Athletics Final Score: New York Drops Second Straight To Oakland In 3-2 Loss

The New York Yankees lost their second game in a row on Friday night, giving the Oakland Athletics a 3-2 walkoff victory in the bottom of the ninth. Cody Eppley took the loss for New York after giving up three straight singles to give the Athletics the win.

After trailing for most of the game the Yankees were able to tie the score thanks to solo home runs from Russel Martin in the eighth and Robinson Cano in the ninth. That left things tied 2-2 as the Athletics came to the plate for the bottom of the ninth. Clay Rapada retired Josh Reddick on a strikeout before being replaced by Eppley, who then gave up a single to Yoenis Cespedes, an infield single to Jonny Gomes, and the game-winning single to Brandon Moss.

Nick Swisher left the game with what the Yankees called a "mild left hip flexor strain" and was seen walking around the clubhouse with a limp following the game. It was unclear whether he would play on Saturday.

By scoring only two runs, the Yankees saw their streak of 43 straight games of scoring three or more runs come to an end.

The Yankees drop to 57-36 with the loss and will look to rebound in the third game of the four-game series, scheduled for Saturday night at 9:05 p.m. ET.

Final - 7.20.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
New York Yankees 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2
Oakland Athletics 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 3

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Yankees Come Up Short Against A's, 4-3

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Yoenis Cespedes belted a two-run homer in the first inning and Seth Smith added a two-run single in the third to back a strong outing from A.J. Griffin, as the Athletics held off the New York Yankees, 4-3, Thursday night.

Nick Swisher, who drove in two runs, belted a solo homer with one out in the ninth inning off Ryan Cook, but Raul Ibanez struck out and Russell Martin grounded out to end the game. Cook secured his 10th save.

Griffin (2-0), in just his fifth major league start, surrendered seven hits, two runs and fanned four over six innings.

"He knows against these guys they're going to try and drive your pitch count up," A's manager Bob Melvin said of Griffin. "He's a command guy, very confident to throw his ball over the plate with any of his pitches. That's what makes him successful."

The A's, who posted their sixth win in seven contests, snapped a nine-game home skid to the Yankees.

Mark Teixeira knocked in the other run for the Yankees, who had a three-game win streak broken. Robinson Cano singled in the sixth inning to extend his career-best hitting streak to 22 games.

Freddy Garcia (4-3) lasted 5 2/3 innings and yielded nine hits and four runs before being pulled after throwing 105 pitches in the opener of this four-game series.

Prior to the game, the Yankees learned that outfielder Brett Gardner will have arthroscopic surgery next week on his right elbow and likely won't play the rest of this season.

"We probably won't have him the rest of this year, but let's get it cleaned up and get him healthy," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said after the game. "I wish we would have his speed coming back, but we're going to have to do it without him."

Here is Girardi talking to reporters following the game:

The AL East leaders stranded a pair of runners in the opening inning.

Cespedes homered to left with Jemile Weeks aboard in the bottom half, and it became 4-0 in the third when Smith singled to right-center with the bases full to bring home Coco Crisp and Weeks.

New York loaded the bases in the sixth before Teixeira lifted a sacrifice fly to center and Swisher followed with a base hit up the middle. Ibanez fanned with runners at the corners to end the inning.

Game Notes

The Yankees have scored at least three runs in single-season franchise-record 43 consecutive games...Cano's hitting streak is the longest by a Yankee since Derek Jeter hit safely in 25 in a row during the 2006 season...The A's, who are a season-best four games over .500 (48-44) are within 7 1/2 games of first-place Texas in the AL West...The A's have hit 13 homers in their last six games...Oakland beat the Yankees for just the fifth time in the last 25 games...The A's began a stretch of 17 consecutive games against American League East teams. They are 10-8 against the East this year and have not finished with a winning record against the division since 2006...Crisp had three of Oakland's nine hits.

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