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A's lose heavyweight matchup with Yankees

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A's lose heavyweight matchup with Yankees

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Things are trending downward for the Oakland A's. They have lost a season-high four straight games, and Bartolo Colon who looked like a steal after starting the season 3-1, has gone 1-4 since. The A's struggles couldn't come at a worse time. The Yankees' 9-2 victory means they have won 12 of their last 13 games at the Oakland Coliseum. "I am just pitching the same way I did at the beginning of the season," Colon said. "The difference is that I throw a lot of strikes and sometimes they take advantage of that."Colon, allowed six earned runs in six innings of work. He gave up nine hits, two of which were home runs. He was out-dueled by another former Cy Young Award winner in C.C. Sabathia, who allowed two runs over seven innings of work. "I think different lineups are a lot more difficult to navigate through," Melvin said. "And this one is one of them." Saturday's game played out a lot like Friday's game. In both contests a defensive lapse prolonged an inning that ended up resulting in a big hit by Mark Teixeira. On Saturday, Teixeira's big hit came in the form of a two-out, two-RBI single in the fifth inning.Teixeira never would have stepped to the plate that inning if it wasn't for a Derek Jeter bunt attempt that was botched by the A's. When Jeter bunted, both Colon and first baseman Adam Rosales went for the ball. Colon fielded the ball cleanly, but no one was at first base to take the throw. Instead of being out at first, Jeter recorded his 3,154th hit, which tied him with George Brett for 14th on Major League Baseball's all-time hit list."Adam Rosales probably breaks a little early," Melvin said. "You have got to have a little bit of a read. In his defense, he hasn't played that much first base." Rosales has only played in eight games in the past two seasons for the A's. Later in the inning, Alex Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly that would have been the third out of the inning. Next, Robinson Cano doubled and Mark Teixeira hit the aforementioned two-run single.Much like Friday's game, Reddick hit a solo homer. It was his 13th of the season, and he has nine home runs in the Month of May -- the best month by an Athletic since Frank Thomas hit 10 in September of 2006. Unfortunately for the A's offense, Reddick seems to be the only hitter providing consistent production at the plate."Everybody would like to have guys on base, but I wouldn't say frustrating is the word," Reddick said. "I am happy I am swinging the bat the way I am. It's just unfortunate we're not winning the games. So hopefully I can stay consistent like this until these guys get fired up, and we can do some damage."Help could be on the way for the A's offense. Brandon Inge, Yoenis Cespedes, and Manny Ramirez could all join the team on the upcoming road road trip. Before they hit the road the A's will have to try and find away to beat the Yankees at the Coliseum in the series finale. Something they haven't been able to do since 2010. NOTES: In the eighth inning, Monday's probable starting pitcher Graham Godfrey entered the game in relief. He pitched two innings, allowing three runs, two of which were earned. Godfrey plunked Derek Jeter in the shoulder with the bases loaded, and gave up a two-run homer to Mark Teixeira, who also hit a home run in the fourth inning. Godfrey injured the middle finger of his pitching hand prior to his last start. He threw a bullpen session before the game.After the game, Bob Melvin announced that left-handed pitcher Travis Blackley will start the game on Monday against the Twins.

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.