Anderson looks to end Yanks' domination over A's


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.

Dodgers add to riches, acquire Mets slugger in trade


Dodgers add to riches, acquire Mets slugger in trade

NEW YORK — The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired outfielder Curtis Granderson and cash from the New York Mets for a player to be named later or cash.

The teams announced the deal after their games Friday night. The 36-year-old Granderson is hitting .228 with 19 home runs and 52 RBIs this year.

Los Angeles is running away with the NL West. The Dodgers are 86-34 after Friday's win at Detroit . Granderson gives Los Angeles another option for the outfield along with Cody Bellinger, Yasiel Puig, Chris Taylor and Joc Pederson.

Pederson has been struggling quite a bit of late, hitting .149 since the All-Star break. Granderson, like Pederson, offers some power from the left side of the plate.

Giants pound Phillies in blowout win, Moore pitches into eighth


Giants pound Phillies in blowout win, Moore pitches into eighth


SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Moore took a one-hitter into the eighth inning and picked up his first win in nearly two months as the San Francisco Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 10-2 on Friday night.

Hunter Pence and Brandon Crawford both homered, Pablo Sandoval had an RBI single and Denard Span added three hits and made a nice running catch in center field to help San Francisco to its ninth win in the last 12 games at AT&T Park.

One day after becoming the first team in major league history to reach 11,000 wins as a franchise, the Giants added on by beating the worst team in baseball again.

Moore (4-12) was crisp in his second straight strong start despite four walks, allowing two hits over 7 1/3 innings to win for the first time since June 20.

Four relievers combined for five outs to complete the four-hitter.

Jorge Alfaro singled twice and scored for Philadelphia.

Pence doubled and scored as part of a three-run first inning, then hit his 11th home run in the second.

Crawford tacked on with a two-run home run in the third, his 10th, after Sandoval walked. Crawford, who also doubled in the eighth, had been in a 2-for-22 slump.

Philadelphia didn't get a runner past second base until the eighth when Freddy Galvis singled in both runs.

Zach Elfin (1-5) allowed six runs on seven hits over five innings for the Phillies. He has lost two of three starts since a two-month stint in the minors.


Phillies: Manager Pete Mackanin's ballclub was one player short after the team placed OF Odubel Herrera on the disabled list with a hamstring injury in a move that is retroactive to Aug. 15. Herrera has a 17-game hitting streak that is the longest active in the majors. A corresponding move is expected before Saturday's game.

Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto threw 50 pitches in a bullpen session and could begin a rehab assignment early next week. Cueto also threw a 50-pitch bullpen during the team's recent three-game series in Miami. ... 1B Brandon Belt (concussion) and 2B Joe Panik (concussion symptoms) both did cardio work before the game.


Phillies RHP Jerad Eickoff (3-7, 4.45 ERA) makes his second start against the Giants this season Saturday while San Francisco counters with LHP Ty Blach (8-8, 4.37 ERA). Blach blanked Philadelphia with a seven-hitter on June 2.