NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: Hiroki Kuroda #18 of the New York Yankees walks to the dugout after he was taken out of the game in the sixth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium on September 23, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Yankees Vs. Athletics: A's Beat Yankees, 5-4, Avoid Sweep

Cliff Pennington drove in three runs for Oakland as the Athletics beat Hiroki Kuroda and the Yankees in Sunday's series-finale.

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Yankees 4, Athletics 5: Oakland Ends New York's Win Streak At Seven

The Oakland Athletics (88-66) avoided being swept by the New York Yankees (88-64) with a 5-4 victory on Sunday at Yankee Stadium. Cliff Pennington drove in Josh Donaldson for the go-ahead run in the top of the sixth.

Reliever Jerry Blevins picked up the win for the A's, throwing 1 innings in relief of starter A.J. Griffin. It was the fifth win of the season for Blevins.

Hiroki Kuroda took the loss for the Yankees, going to 14-11 on the season after giving up four earned run in 5 innings. Kuroda allowed seven hits, walked three and struck out five A's in the loss.

Oakland opened the scoring in the top of the first when a wild pitch by Kuroda allowed Stephen Drew to score. They extended the lead in the second when Pennington hit a two-run home run to right field.

The Yankees answered in the fourth, scoring four runs thanks to a two-run home run from Nick Swisher, an RBI double by Raul Ibanez and an RBI groundout by Eduardo Nunez.

An RBI single by Yoenis Cespedes in the fifth inning tied the score at four.

Derek Jeter was the designated hitter for the Yankees and with a single in the third inning, one of two hits on the day, Jeter extended his hitting streak to 17 games. Swisher and Ibanez were the only other Yankees to collect multiple hits, each with two.

The Yankees go on the road to take on the Minnesota Twins on Monday. The first game of the three-game series is scheduled to begin at 8:10 p.m. ET at Target Field.

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Yankees Vs. Athletics Preview: Game Time, TV Schedule, Probable Pitchers

The New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics will close out a three-game series Sunday at Yankees Stadium. The Yankees (88-63) will try to earn a series sweep and extend their current winning streak to eight games, while the A's (85-66) will try to salvage a victory that will help them keep pace in the AL Wild Card race.

Veteran Hiroki Kuroda (14-10) will take the mound for the Yankees and oppose the A's A.J. Griffin (6-1). Kuroda is 1-1 with a 3.21 ERA in two career starts against Oakland, while Griffin was previously undefeated before losing Tuesday to the Detroit Tigers when he gave up five runs on eight hits in just 4 2/3 innings of work.

New York outfielder Ichiro Suzuki will look to continue his outstanding hitting in the series. The midseason trade acquisition is 14-for-20 with seven runs and five RBI in his last five contests, including homering twice in as many games.

The game will be broadcast locally on the YES Network and nationally on TBS. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. ET.

For more on the Yankees, head over to Pinstriped Bible, and for all things baseball, check out Baseball Nation.


Yankees 10, Athletics 9: New York Win 14-Inning Thriller

Raul Ibanez's late-game heroics Saturday helped the New York Yankees earn a come-from-behind victory, 10-9, over the visiting Oakland Athletics in a 14-inning thriller at Yankee Stadium. Eduardo Nunez collected the walk-off hit for New York, which used a two-run home run from Ibanez to overcome a four-run deficit in the 13th inning.

The victory helped the Yankees (88-63) earn their seventh straight victory and maintain a one-game lead over the Baltimore Orioles (87-64) in the AL East Division standings -- the Orioles defeated the Boston Red Sox, 9-6, earlier in the day.

Corey Wade (1-1) earned the win on the mound, as he pitched a scoreless 14th inning and the Yankees rallied to win behind Nunez's hit that led to a fielding error by A's first baseman Brandon Moss. The gaffe allowed Ichiro Suzuki to cross home plate and end a contest that lasted more than five hours.

New York almost dropped into a first-place tie with Baltimore as its bullpen blew up in the top of the 13th inning allowing three home runs. Jonny Gomes, Yoenis Cespedes and Chris Carter all homered in the inning to help the A's earn a 9-5 lead.

Freddy Garcia gave up two of the three home runs in the 13th, including Gomes' two-run shot. After Garcia allowed another homer to Cespedes and was pulled, relief pitcher Justin Thomas surrendered a home run to Carter to cap the inning's scoring and seemingly all but end the Yankees' chances of a win.

New York never gave up, however, as it mounted a rally in the bottom of the 13th loading the basses with no outs off A's reliever Pat Neshek. The Yankees tied the game using a wild pitch from Neshek that scored Ichiro, a sacrifice fly from Nunez that scored Alex Rodriguez and Ibanez's one-out blast to right field.

Yankees reliever Derek Lowe was a small key in the victory as he tossed 2 2/3 innings of scoreless ball. Lowe came in after Yankee starter Ivan Nova lasted just 2 1/3 innings allowing three runs on five hits and two walks.

Rodriguez went 3-for-6 with three runs scored, while Derek Jeter finished 1-for-7 extending his hitting streak to a season-best 16 games. Ichiro was sensationa;, again, for New York as he went 3-for-5 with three runs scored.

For more on the Yankees, head over to Pinstriped Bible, and for all things baseball, check out Baseball Nation.

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