Anderson looks to end Yanks' domination over A's

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Anderson looks to end Yanks' domination over A's

May 31, 2011
NY YANKEES (29-23) vs.
A's (27-28)

Coverage begins at 6:30 P.M. on Comcast SportsNet California

OAKLAND (AP) -- Home or away, the New York Yankees continue to dominate the Oakland Athletics.

The Yankees, who have won the last eight games in this series, have a chance to do something they have not done in 67 years Tuesday night - shut out the Athletics three consecutive times.

After losing two of three at Seattle, New York (29-23) beat Oakland 5-0 on Monday. The Yankees are 22-4 overall against the A's since 2008.

New York has outscored Oakland 49-15 during its eight-game series winning streak, including 10-0 in the last two meetings. The A's (27-28), who had a season-high four-game winning streak snapped Monday, have not been shut out in three straight games by the Yankees since 1944, when the club was based in Philadelphia.

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"All I can say is we have two more games in this series," A's second baseman Mark Ellis said.

Mark Teixeira homered for the fourth time in five games for the Yankees, who have won two straight and nine of 13 following a season-high six-game skid. Teixeira has seven homers and 16 RBIs in his last 11 games, and is batting .406 with six home runs and 14 RBIs in his last nine contests versus Oakland.

After consecutive strong starts from CC Sabathia and Bartolo Colon, New York will send Freddy Garcia (3-4, 3.26 ERA) to the mound in search of his second straight victory. Garcia allowed three runs in 6 1-3 innings of a 7-3 win over Toronto on Wednesday.

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Filling in for the injured Phil Hughes, the 34-year-old right-hander has surrendered three or fewer runs in three of his last four starts.

"Everything we needed and more," general manager Brian Cashman told the Yankees' official website. "He's allowing us to plug a major hole and answer our prayers."

Garcia, who is 6-7 with a 5.30 ERA in 21 starts against the A's, allowed five runs in 1 1-3 innings of a 10-2 loss at Oakland on July 24 with the White Sox.

Josh Willingham is 2 for 6 with a double against Garcia and had one of four hits Monday for Oakland, which suffered its sixth shutout of 2011. Only the Los Angeles Angels (seven) have been shut out more among AL clubs.

Willingham is batting .389 with seven RBIs in his last five games.

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Oakland's Brett Anderson (3-4, 2.84) looks to build on his first win in a month and avoid a fourth consecutive losing start to the Yankees. The left-hander was 0-3 with a 5.04 ERA in his five previous starts before allowing three hits in eight scoreless innings of a 4-3 victory over the Angels on Thursday.

Anderson is 0-3 with a 4.68 ERA in four career starts versus New York. Only one of those outings came at Oakland - a 3-2 loss Aug. 19, 2009, when he allowed three runs in seven innings.

Teixeira and Derek Jeter are a combined 12 for 26 versus Anderson with a home run apiece.

A's starters have allowed four runs or fewer in 28 straight starts - the longest such streak for the team since a 32-game run in 1980-81.

Bullpen implodes after Cain goes five solid, Giants crushed by Padres

Bullpen implodes after Cain goes five solid, Giants crushed by Padres

BOX SCORE

SAN FRANCISCO -- Wil Myers hit a three-run homer to cap San Diego's eight-run sixth inning and the Padres rallied to beat the San Francisco Giants 12-4 on Saturday night.

Myers also singled off Chris Stratton (1-0) to start the big inning and had three hits for the game. San Diego scored 11 runs against the Giants' bullpen following five effective innings from starter Matt Cain.

Allen Cordoba added a three-run homer off Neil Ramirez in the seventh.

The Padres combined for six hits and two walks off Stratton and Ramirez in the sixth. It took the duo 46 pitches to end the inning.

Jhoulys Chacin (3-3) struck out six and gave up three runs, five hits and two walks in five innings.

Triggs rebounds as A's halt 10-game losing streak to Astros

Triggs rebounds as A's halt 10-game losing streak to Astros

HOUSTON — Andrew Triggs keeps checking off all the right boxes in his first season as a major league starting pitcher.

Coming into the year, manager Bob Melvin said the right-hander’s biggest challenge would be retiring lefty hitters. He’s done that splendidly.

On Saturday, the A’s needed to see if Triggs could bounce back after his first rough outing of 2017. He responded with the best of his 11 career starts, holding a potent Astros lineup off the scoreboard for seven innings as the A’s registered a 2-1 victory that snapped their five-game losing streak.

The effective cutter that eluded Triggs when he lost to the Mariners last Sunday was back. Houston’s hitters waved helplessly at the pitch and began their walk back to the dugout all in the same motion, as Triggs rang up a career-high nine strikeouts. His seven innings also were a career high for the 28-year-old.

“We’re not really swinging the bats right now,” Melvin said. “We score two runs and we’re facing a lineup that you expect to score a bunch of runs. So to pitch as well as he did and go through the lineup three times, give us seven innings of work, is pretty good.

“He had the one off-outing, and every outing (besides that) has been pretty spotless.”

Triggs, whose 1.84 ERA ranks seventh in the American League, doesn’t blow people away with his fastball. He throws from a three-quarters arm slot that suggests it might be easy for left-handed hitters to pick up the ball out of his hand. Last season, the batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage were all roughly 40 to 50 points higher for lefties than for righties off Triggs.

All he’s done coming out of the gate this season is hold lefties to an .087 batting average (4-for-46). Another revealing stat: Opposing cleanup hitters are 0-for-14 off him.

Triggs credited catchers Stephen Vogt, Josh Phegley and, when he’s been up with the big club, Bruce Maxwell for their expertise in calling pitches against lefties.

“They’ve done such a good job keeping the sequences unpredictable,” he said. “You command pitches, you’re gonna get guys out. I know the stereotype is when you throw from the angle that I do, you’re gonna struggle with lefties. I’ve been aware, at least of that profile, for a while. I’ve worked on it quite a bit.”

Triggs had his entire repertoire working Saturday, according to Vogt.

“He was keeping them off-balance. Even when it seemed they were starting to sit on his slider, he starts sneaking some heaters by them. He was outstanding.”

But he had help. First baseman Yonder Alonso made a terrific leaping grab of Josh Reddick’s liner in the fifth that might have gone for extra bases. An inning before that, Jaff Decker made an on-the-money throw to third from deep right field to nail Carlos Beltran tagging up on a fly ball.

“He’s got a good arm so don’t sleep on him at all,” Triggs said.

Given how their month has gone, it’s no surprise the A’s got both their runs on homers. They’ve gone deep 31 times in April, their most homers in the month since they clubbed 34 in 2006. Lowrie, who’s spent two stints with the Astros and owns an offseason home in Houston, went deep to right to give the A’s a 1-0 lead. Khris Davis mashed his 10th homer in the eighth for what wound up being an important insurance run when Jose Altuve followed with a homer off Sean Doolittle.

Davis’ teammates by now are accustomed to seeing the left fielder flaunt his opposite-field power. He’s hit three homers this series, all to straightaway right or right-center.

Said Lowrie: “I think at this point it’s fair to call it special.”