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Anderson struggles early, A's drop series to Stanton, Yankees

Anderson struggles early, A's drop series to Stanton, Yankees

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NEW YORK -- Giancarlo Stanton went 4 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs, sending Luis Severino and the New York Yankees to a 6-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics after a long rain delay Sunday.

Severino (6-1) struck out seven in six innings as New York won for the 19th time in 22 games to remain tied with rival Boston for the best record in the majors at 28-12. Aaron Hicks drove in two runs, Aaron Judge extended his RBI streak to seven games and the Yankees took two of three from Oakland to win their seventh consecutive series.

After a 7-2 homestand, New York plays 19 of its next 25 games on the road.

Jed Lowrie had an RBI single and Mark Canha homered late for the A's, who lost five of six during a difficult stretch against the Astros and Yankees - last year's AL Championship Series participants. Things don't get much easier, with three games in Boston and four at Toronto to follow.

The start was delayed for 2 hours, 45 minutes, leaving most seats empty at Yankee Stadium in a Mother's Day crowd announced at 40,538. Both teams wore pink caps and other gear to support Major League Baseball's breast cancer awareness initiative.

Brett Gardner's infield single, Judge's pop-fly double and a walk to slumping Didi Gregorius loaded the bases against Brett Anderson (0-2) with nobody out in the first inning. Stanton smacked a two-run single up the middle, and Hicks added an RBI single two outs later.

In the fifth, Stanton launched an opposite-field shot into the Yankees' bullpen in right-center, giving New York four players with at least 10 home runs just 40 games into the season. The slugger also singled in the third and doubled in the seventh to leave him one hit shy of 1,000.

Hicks beat out a potential double-play grounder in the seventh for his second RBI of the game. Judge singled home a run in the eighth.

Severino allowed one run and five hits. He was helped on defense by third baseman Miguel Andujar, who leaped to snag Canha's line drive with two on for the final out of the fourth. Oakland slugger Khris Davis flied out to the center-field warning track with two on to end the fifth.

Chad GreenDellin Betances and Chasen Shreve finished up for the Yankees. Betances reached behind his back to make a nifty grab of a comebacker.

Canha hit a solo homer in the ninth off Shreve, who retired pinch-hitter Jake Smolinski with two on to end it.

Making his third start of the season, Anderson was charged with four runs and eight hits in five innings.

THINKING OF YOU:
During a pregame ceremony behind home plate, the Yankees donated $10,000 to the ALS Therapy Development Institute in memory of Gretchen Piscotty, the mother of A's outfielder Stephen Piscotty. New York manager Aaron Boone and Oakland counterpart Bob Melvin posed for photos while holding an oversized check. Gretchen Piscotty died May 6 from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. There was a moment of silence for her before the first pitch, with her picture shown on the giant video board.

TRAINER'S ROOM:
Athletics: Trevor Cahill (right elbow impingement) threw off a mound, simulating two innings, but Melvin didn't sound so sure the right-hander will be ready to come off the 10-day disabled list when eligible Wednesday. "We're still trying to figure out where we're going with that," Melvin said. "Felt pretty good. I don't know if he felt 100 percent at this point. So I think we'll have a better idea how he feels coming in tomorrow." ... RHP Kendall Graveman threw a bullpen and "feels pretty good," Melvin said. Graveman was hit in the right shin by a line drive Friday night. ... Piscotty, who is on the bereavement list, plans to rejoin the team Tuesday in Boston, according to Melvin.

Yankees: Rookie 2B Gleyber Torres was rested for the first time. He had started all 20 games since getting called up from the minors. ... INF Brandon Drury (migraines) went 1 for 4 with a double and two strikeouts in his latest rehab game for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The team still hadn't decided when Drury will be activated, Boone said.

UP NEXT:
Athletics: LHP Sean Manaea (4-4, 2.11 ERA) starts Monday night in Boston against RHP Rick Porcello (5-0, 2.79). Manaea threw a no-hitter with 10 strikeouts at home against the Red Sox last month.

Yankees: Begin an eight-game trip Tuesday night against Bryce Harper and the Nationals. RHP Masahiro Tanaka (4-2, 4.66 ERA), unbeaten in his last four starts, goes on five days' rest when he faces Washington LHP Gio Gonzalez (4-2, 2.22).

 

How far would you go? The Chien-Ming Wang Comeback Story

How far would you go? The Chien-Ming Wang Comeback Story

Back in 2006 and 2007, Chien-Ming Wang was on top of the world. The Taiwan-native had won 19 games in back-to-back seasons for the New York Yankees. He was poised to be their ace for years to come.

But midway through the 2008 season, with the Yankees in Houston to take on the Astros, Wang suffered an injury while running the bases that would change the trajectory of his career.

Wang pitched for the Yankees in 2009, but posted a 9.64 ERA in 12 appearances. Following the season, he became a free agent.

For the next seven seasons, Wang bounced from organization to organization. He spent time with the Nationals, returned to the Yankees, and signed with the Blue Jays, Reds, White Sox, Braves, Mariners and Royals. He last appeared in the major leagues in 2016 with Kansas City.

Through all the injuries and setbacks, Wang never gave up on his dream is returning to the big leagues. His story is now being chronicled in a new documentary titled Late Life: The Chien-Ming Wang Story.

The movie, directed by Frank Chen, debuted in Los Angeles on May 9 and made its way to San Francisco this weekend for the CAAMFest (Celebrating Asian American Film, Music and Food).

Wang and Chen stopped by the NBC Sports California studio on Sunday to discuss the film. You can watch the full interview at the top of this article.

After controversial call in ninth, A's lose marathon to Yankees in 11 innings

After controversial call in ninth, A's lose marathon to Yankees in 11 innings

NEW YORK -- Left fielder Brett Gardner threw out Matt Olson at the plate with the help of a replay reversal to help Aroldis Chapman escape a bases-loaded, no-outs jam in the ninth inning, and the Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics 7-6 Saturday on Neil Walker's run-scoring single on the 11th to avoid New York's first three-game losing streak since last August.

Chapman walked three straight batters around a wild pitch starting the ninth, his velocity down 3-4 mph on the cool afternoon from the 100 mph-plus heat that overpowered Boston on warm spring nights earlier in the week. After visits to the mound by both pitching coach Larry Rothschild and a trainer to check on a cracked fingernail, Chapman struck out Mark Canha, and pinch-hitter Jonathan Lucroy followed with a 297-foot fly to left field.

Gardner's one-hop throw to the plate was slightly to the first-base side, and Gary Sanchez had to reach for it and try for a sweep tag at the sliding Olson. Plate umpire James Hoye made an emphatic safe call, but the Yankees asked for a video review and replays appeared to show Sanchez's mitt just glancing Olson's jersey.

A.J. Cole (1-0), pitching for the first time since his Yankees debut on April 28, walked Oakland's first two batters in the 10th, then struck out Jed Lowie and Chris Davis before retiring Olson on a foulout. Cole pitched a perfect 11th that included a pair of called strikeouts.

Chris Hatcher (3-1) walked former Marlins teammate Giancarlo Stanton with one out in the 11th, and Gary Sanchez hit into a forceout. Aaron Hicks walked, and Walker flared a single to center as Sanchez scored standing up ahead of Canha's weak throw.

New York (27-12) stopped a two-game losing streak that followed its 17-1 run. The Yankees began that day tied with AL East rival Boston for the best record in the major leagues.

Sanchez and Hicks hit the Yankees' first consecutive home runs of the year in the second, but Oakland ended Domingo German's 15-inning scoreless streak with a five-run third. Khris Davis hit his 10th homer, a three-run drive that bounced off the top of the left-field wall, and Canha had a two-run single with two outs. Lowrie's sacrifice fly boosted the lead to 6-2 in the fifth

Judge hit a two-run homer off Andrew Triggs in the bottom half, Walker hit a run-scoring single on a 3-2 pitch off Danny Coulombe for his first RBI off a left-hander this year and Miguel Andujar had a tying single against Ryan Dull. Third baseman Matt Chapman prevented a bigger inning when he made a diving backhand stop of Stanton's smash and from foul territory threw him out at first for the inning's first out.

Didi Gregorius ended an 0-for-30 slide - on the afternoon of the Didi Gregorius Bat Day promotion - when he followed Judge's homer with a single.

After pitching six hitless innings against Cleveland last weekend in his first big league start, German retired his first seven batters before Canha's single. German allowed six runs, six hits and three walks in five innings, but retired his final three batters - starting a streak in which the Yankees set down 12 hitters in order.

Jonathan Holder, Chad Green and Dellin Betances each pitched a perfect inning before Chapman's wild ride.

BEEN A LONG TIME

Chapman was the first Yankees pitcher to walk the first three batters of an inning and not allow a run since Greg Cadaret at Minnesota on Aug. 28, 1992.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Athletics: RHP Kendall Graveman was limping, a day after a line drive off the bat of Gregorius hit his right shin. "Feels a little bit better than I thought it would today," manager Bob Melvin said. ... LHP Ryan Buchter (strained pitching shoulder) may start throwing a sock soon. ... RHP Liam Hendriks (strained right groin) is to throw a bullpen session Wednesday.

Yankees: RHP Adam Warren, who hasn't pitched since April 20 because of a strained back, is to throw his first bullpen session on Monday at Tampa, Florida. RHP Tommy Kahnle (right shoulder tendinitis) threw Saturday and is to travel with Warren on Sunday. ... INF Brandon Drury (migraines) wore glasses with yellow lenses Friday at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in an effort to brighten his vision. He had a grand slam and was hitting .320 in 16 rehab games entering Saturday. ... LHP Justus Sheffield was removed from his second start at Scranton after 4 2/3 innings Friday night because of left shoulder stiffness and was put on the 7-day DL Saturday.

UP NEXT

Luis Severino (5-1, 2.21) starts for New York in Sunday's series finale and LHP Brett Anderson (0-1, 8.68) for Oakland.