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Crisp: 'No more blunders like that'

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Crisp: 'No more blunders like that'

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OAKLAND -- When playing a team with a 209,792,900 payroll you can't give away outs. The A's did just that, as the Yankees capitalized on a third-inning miscue en route to a 6-3 win at the Oakland Coliseum. The Bronx Bombers have now won 11 of their last 12 games in Oakland. The scoring started in the third inning with two outs, as Robinson Cano lined a ball into the right-center field gap. Coco Crisp was able to get to the ball, but as he reached out, it clanked off the side of his glove for an error. Instead of the third out in the inning. Curtis Granderson came around to score and the next batter, Mark Teixeira, hit a two-run homer making it 3-0 Yankees. "It was definitely an error," Crisp said. "It was a play that I feel like I should make now nine times out of ten. Before that, ten times out of ten, so from here on out no more blunders like that.""It's a tough play anytime you have a line drive coming right at you in the outfield," starting pitcher Tyson Ross said. "Unfortunately he didn't make the play. He tried his best at it, unfortunately it got by him."It is easy to point the finger at Crisp who made the error, but Tyson Ross gave up three homers in four and one third innings of work. After the Teixeira homer in the third, he gave up a solo shot to Cano, and a two run homer to Nick Swisher putting the A's behind 6-1. "It's a tough outing," Ross said. "They're a good hitting team and they showed it tonight. I felt like I was throwing the ball well early, and I left some pitches up and they kind of made me pay for it."The A's managed to put some runs on the board against Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova. In the fourth inning, Josh Reddick launched his 12th homer of the season. Reddick now ranks sixth in the American League in home runs. Kila Ka'aihue pulled a ball into the right field stands for his second of the season. The A's big inning could have come in the fifth though. With two runners on base, Kurt Suzuki launched a ball to the deepest part of the park in center field. Curtis Granderson tracked the ball and managed to rob Suzuki at the wall. What could have been an extra base hit, ended up being a sacrifice fly. Yankees captain Derek Jeter entered the game three hits shy of passing George Brett on the all-time hits list. He ended the game 0-for-5 with three strikeouts. According to David Feldman, our CSN A's historian, the A's have now played 144 games against Derek Jeter and Friday was the third time they have recorded three strikeouts against him. "When one guy has an off night, they certainly have the guys that can pick up the slack," Melvin said. With Friday's loss, the A's are on a season-high tying three-game losing streak, and have lost five of their last seven games. They will have to try and turn it around on Saturday against former Cy Yound-award winner, and Vallejo native C.C. Sabathia. The A's haven't beaten the Yankees since 2010 in the infamous Dallas Braden "Get off my mound" game.

Vallejo-native, free agent-to-be Sabathia after Yankees loss: 'This is my home'

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Vallejo-native, free agent-to-be Sabathia after Yankees loss: 'This is my home'

C.C. Sabathia couldn't save the Yankees' 2017 season. And now he has a decision to make.

After nine seasons in New York, the 37-year-old hits the free agent market this winter.

With career earnings nearing $250 million and a 2009 World Series ring already on his resume, would the Vallejo-native consider coming home to play for the A's? That's a question that was posed to NBCSportsBayArea.com Insider Joe Stiglich last week.

While it's a possibility, based on comments after Saturday's ALCS Game 7 loss to the Astros, it sounds like Sabathia doesn't want to leave The Bronx.

“I feel like this is a young team, and we will turn this into something great. This is my home, and I want to see this thing through," Sabathia told reporters, according to The Associated Press.

Astros win two straight vs Yankees, advance to take on Dodgers in World Series

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Astros win two straight vs Yankees, advance to take on Dodgers in World Series

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HOUSTON -- Charlie Morton and Lance McCullers combined on a three-hitter, Jose Altuve and Evan Gattis homered and the Houston Astros reached the World Series, blanking the New York Yankees 4-0 Saturday night in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series.

Just four years removed from their third straight 100-loss season in 2013, the Astros shut down the Yankees for two straight games after dropping three in a row in the Bronx.

Next up for the Astros: Game 1 of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night. Los Angeles opened as a narrow favorite, but Houston aces Dallas Keuchel and ALCS MVP Justin Verlander will have plenty of rest before the matchup begins at Dodger Stadium.

Houston has never won even a single World Series game. The only previous time the Astros made it this far, they were a National League team when they were swept by the Chicago White Sox in 2005.

Now, manager A.J. Hinch's club has a chance to win that elusive first title, while trying to boost a region still recovering from Hurricane Harvey.

Houston improved to 6-0 at Minute Maid Park in these playoffs and became the fifth team in major league history to win a seven-game postseason series by winning all four of its home games.

Morton bounced back from a loss in Game 3 to allow two hits over five scoreless innings. Starter-turned-postseason reliever McCullers limited the Yankees to just one hit while fanning six over the next four.

Combined, they throttled the wild-card Yankees one last time in Houston. Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and their New York teammates totaled just three runs in the four road games.

CC Sabathia entered the game 10-0 with a 1.69 ERA in 13 starts this season after a Yankees loss. But he struggled with command and was gone with one out in the fourth inning.

Houston was up 2-0 in fifth when former Yankees star Brian McCann came through for the second straight game by hitting a two-run double after snapping an 0-for-20 skid with an ground-rule RBI double to give Houston its first run on Friday night.

The Yankees, trying to reach the World Series for the first time since 2009, lost an elimination game for the first time this season after winning their first four in these playoffs. New York struggled on the road this postseason, with this loss dropping the team to 1-6.

After going 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position through the first three innings, the Astros got on the board with no outs in the fourth with the 405-foot shot by Gattis off Sabathia which made it 1-0.

Altuve launched a ball off Tommy Kahnle into the seats in right field with one out in the fifth for his fifth homer this postseason. It took a while for him to see that it was going to get out, and held onto his bat until he was halfway to first base before flipping it and trotting around the bases as chants of "MVP" rained down on him.

Altuve finished 8 for 25 with two homers and four RBIs in the ALCS after hitting .533 with three homers and four RBIs in the ALDS against Boston.

Carlos Correa and Yuli Gurriel hit consecutive singles after that before Kahnle struck out Gattis. McCann's two-strike double, which rolled into the corner of right field, cleared the bases to push the lead to 4-0. Gurriel slid to avoid the tag and remained on his belly in a swimming pose at the plate for a few seconds after he was called safe.

It was just the second Game 7 in franchise history for the Astros, who dropped Game 7 to the Cardinals in the 2004 NLCS 13 years ago today.

Sabathia allowed five hits and one run while walking three in 3 1/3 innings. He wasn't nearly as sharp as he was in a Game 3 win and just 36 of the 65 pitches he threw were strikes.

Morton got into trouble in the fifth, and the Yankees had runners at the corners with one out. Bregman fielded a grounder hit by Todd Frazier and made a perfect throw home to allow McCann to tag Greg Bird and preserve Houston's lead. McCann held onto the ball despite Bird's cleat banging into his forearm. Chase Headley grounded out after that to end the inning.

A night after Springer kept Frazier from extra-bases with a leaping catch, Judge returned the favor on a ball hit by Yuli Gurriel. Judge sprinted, jumped and reached into the stands to grab his long fly ball before crashing into the wall and falling to the ground for the first out of the second inning.

Springer had another nifty catch in this one, jumping in front of Marwin Gonzalez at the wall in left-center to grab a ball hit by Bird for the first out of the seventh inning.