Anderson lit up by Yankees, A's lose 10-3

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Anderson lit up by Yankees, A's lose 10-3

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OAKLAND (AP) Instead of being benched against southpaws, Curtis Granderson is thriving against them this season.Granderson became the first left-handed hitter to homer off Brett Anderson in nearly two years and Derek Jeter had two hits to reach 2,983 for his career and scored three runs to help the New York Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics for the ninth straight time, 10-3 on Tuesday night.Granderson struggled to get into the lineup against lefties a year ago, but has hit a major league-leading nine of his 17 homers against southpaws this season"I knew it was there, it was just a matter of getting it back," he said. "I had to do it to get to the big leagues. I did it early on and just ran into a couple bumps in the road and am trying to constantly fight the long haul of getting back. I'm still fighting it. It's good pitch, good at-bat, followed by bad pitch, bad at-bat against them."The good are much more common than the bad so far this season for Granderson, who had three hits and four RBIs against one of the toughest. Anderson (3-5) hadn't allowed an extra-base hit to a left-handed hitter all season and a homer to a lefty since Russell Branyan hit one for Seattle on Aug. 25, 2009."Anderson is as good as they get," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "It's hard to believe the adjustment that this guy has made. It's remarkable."Robinson Cano also homered, Alex Rodriguez had three hits and three RBIs and Mark Teixeira took advantage of shoddy Oakland fielding to steal home for the Yankees, who have their longest winning streak against the A's since 1964-65, when the team was based in Kansas City.Anderson allowed a career-worst 10 runs for the A's, who have lost 22 of 25 meetings against the Yankees. With back-to-back wins to open this three-game set, New York has become the first team to win nine straight series against the A's since the team moved to Oakland in 1968.Freddy Garcia (4-4) allowed three runs and nine hits in seven innings of his 300th career start. He allowed only a two-run homer and an RBI single to David DeJesus to beat the A's for just the second time in his last 10 starts against Oakland.His best moment might have come with his glove, when he made a self-defense stab of a line drive by Kevin Kouzmanoff to start an inning-ending double play in the sixth."That was lucky," he said. "It almost hit my face. I don't even know how I caught that ball, but I did it and made a double play."That performance proved to be more than enough on a night the Yankees hammered Anderson, who allowed nine earned runs and a career-worst 11 hits in 5 1-3 innings. That dropped Anderson's record to 0-4 with a 6.53 ERA in five career starts against New York."Seems you face one guy and then another guy that's an All-Star, a potential Hall of Famer comes up and it's tough," Anderson said. "But it's another big league lineup you have to go through and battle and I just didn't do a good job of it tonight."Even when the Yankees made mistakes, they were able to turn them into runs. Rodriguez got caught too far off first after Cano struck out for the second out in the sixth inning. With Rodriguez in a rundown, Teixeira broke from third to home and scored on a stolen base when first baseman Conor Jackson's throw was off line.For the second straight game, the Yankees got a two-run homer in the first inning to jump out to the early lead before the A's even came to the plate. A day after Teixeira hit his 16th homer in the opening inning off Trevor Cahill, Granderson hit his 17th after Jeter led off the game with a single off second baseman Mark Ellis' glove."Career-wise he's been bad left-on-left but it seems like he's turned the corner this year," Anderson said. "I just fed him fastballs trying to go in and left it out over the plate. He's just covering all sides of the plate right now. A tough out."The Yankees added an unearned run in the third when Jeter reached on Ellis' two-base throwing error and scored on Rodriguez's bloop hit.After DeJesus' RBI single got Oakland on the board for the first time this series in the bottom of the third, Granderson extended the lead to 5-1 with a two-out, bases-loaded single in the fourth.Cano's 11th homer and Rodriguez's two-run single helped the Yankees break the game open.Notes: Jeter has reached safely to open the game in 21 of the 42 games he has been leadoff hitter. ... The last Yankees player to steal home was Brett Gardner on April 4, 2010, against Boston. ... Anderson's outing snapped a streak of 28 straight games that Oakland's starter had allowed four runs or fewer. ... The A's are giving slumping 1B Daric Barton (.206 average, 0 HRs) a few days off to work on his batting stroke.

Heyward surprised Cubs fans didn’t boo A’s OF Davis more

Heyward surprised Cubs fans didn’t boo A’s OF Davis more

MESA, Ariz. – The Cactus League crowds are different than the ones packed into Wrigley Field. It was only a meaningless split-squad game on a Saturday afternoon in the Arizona sunshine. Finally winning the World Series must have somewhat dulled the edge.

But Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward still thought Rajai Davis would hear it from the sellout crowd of 14,929 at Sloan Park, the what-could-have-been anxiety bubbling up when seeing the Oakland A's leadoff guy who nearly changed the course of baseball history.

"I was surprised he didn't get booed more, but that's just how our fans are," Heyward said. "They're fun like that. They have fun with the game. They acknowledge it. That's pretty cool for Cubs fans to boo you. If anybody boos you from last year, that's kind of an honor, I would say. To be on that side of things, it means you did something great."

As Alfonso Soriano liked to say, they don't boo nobodies. With one big swing, Davis almost unleashed a miserable winter for the Cubs and ended the Cleveland Indians' 68-year drought.

Manager Joe Maddon kept pushing closer Aroldis Chapman, who fired 97 pitches in Games 5, 6, and 7 combined. Davis timed seven straight fastballs in the eighth inning – the last one at 97.1 mph – and drove a Game 7-tying two-run homer just inside the foul pole and onto the left-field patio. In a now-famous rain-delay speech, Heyward gathered his teammates in a Progressive Field weight room as the Cubs regained their composure.

"They booed him, but only the first at-bat," Heyward said. "The second at-bat and the third, I was like: ‘Eh, they kind of just let him off the hook.' They let him be."

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Stanford falls short, can't complete upset against Oregon

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Stanford falls short, can't complete upset against Oregon

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STANFORD -- Oregon survived its Bay Area trip by the slimmest of margins.

Jordan Bell scored on a putback with 14 seconds left to give the sixth-ranked Ducks their second straight nail-biting victory in a rare Bay Area sweep as Oregon beat Stanford 75-73 on Saturday.

"It stresses Coach out," guard Dylan Ennis said. "It shows us that we can just get gritty, get down and get the win. ... Hopefully if we're down like that again we can fight back and do the same thing."

Bell's game-winner followed Dillon Brooks' last-second, tiebreaking 3-pointer three nights earlier at California to give Oregon (26-4, 15-2 Pac-12) its second sweep of its conference Bay Area rivals since 1976. The other came two years ago.

Tyler Dorsey scored 15 points to lead Oregon, while Brooks added 14.

"It's been a tough road trip for us, two close games," coach Dana Altman said. "That's life on the road. We found a way."

Reid Travis had 27 points and 14 rebounds to lead the way for the Cardinal (14-14, 6-10), but committed a turnover on the final possession to end any comeback hopes on senior day that honored Christian Sanders, Marcus Allen and Grant Verhoeven.

"There's a little extra when you see guys like Christian, Marcus and Grant shedding tears when they're getting called up," Travis said. "It's the last time they get to compete on this court. ... Just looking at that, there's no choice but to be motivated."

Stanford trailed by as many as 12 points in the first half but battled back to tie the game five times in the second half. But it took until that fifth equalizer for the Cardinal to take their first lead since being up 9-8 early in the first half.

Travis' jumper in the lane made it 71-69 with less than 3 minutes left but the lead was short-lived as Brooks hit a jumper at the other end to tie it.

The game was tied at 73 when the Ducks managed four offensive rebounds on one possession before finally converting on Bell's shot with 14 seconds left. It capped a wild sequence that started when Ennis shot an airball on a 3-pointer. Payton Pritchard caught the ball in the air and shot it to the rim before the shot clock expired. Bell was there to put back the second miss for the game-winner.

"It was going so fast I don't even know what happened," Altman said.

Travis lost the ball in the paint at the other end to seal the victory for Oregon.

BIG PICTURE

Oregon: The Ducks capped a 7-1 February with just their second road sweep of the conference season as they peaking at the right time of year. Their only loss in that span came on a late 3-pointer by Lonzo Ball in an 82-79 loss at UCLA. Oregon has one more road game left to finish the regular season at last-place Oregon State, and remains in contention for a Pac-12 title and a top two seeding in the NCAA Tournament.

Stanford: The Cardinal were unable to follow up home wins against California and Oregon State when faced by tougher competition from the Ducks. That has been an issue all season for Stanford, which fell to 0-8 against ranked opponents.

THEY SAID IT

"Something hit my elbow. It might have been the wind, but I don't shoot airballs on game-winners." - Ennis.

POUND THE BOARDS

Oregon had just eight rebounds for the entire first half before getting the four offensive boards on the final possession of the game. The Ducks were outrebounded 37-25 for the game but were outscored by only four points on second-chance opportunities.

CEREMONIAL DAY

Stanford also held a halftime ceremony for former coach Mike Montgomery, who was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame this past November. Montgomery is the winningest coach in school history with 393 of his 677 wins coming for the Cardinal.

UP NEXT

Oregon: Visits Oregon State on Saturday.

Stanford: Visits Colorado on Thursday.