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Yanks come back, (literally) slam A's

Curtis Granderson, left, congratulates Russell Martin for his grand slam in the sixth. Granderson hits a grand slam in the eighth and Robinson Cano one in the fifth.

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Curtis Granderson, left, congratulates Russell Martin for his grand slam in the sixth. Granderson hits a grand slam in the eighth and Robinson Cano one in the fifth.

Oakland AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

J.Weeks 2b 5 2 3 0 0 1 .289

Crisp cf 3 0 0 0 0 1 .272

Sweeney ph-cf 1 0 0 0 0 1 .282

Matsui dh 4 1 2 1 0 0 .259

Willingham lf 5 2 2 1 0 1 .249

Allen 1b 5 0 2 1 0 2 .357

DeJesus rf 5 2 3 1 0 1 .237

Pennington ss 4 1 2 4 0 1 .261

Sogard ss 1 0 0 0 0 0 .189

Recker c 4 0 0 0 1 3 .000

S.Sizemore 3b 3 1 1 1 1 2 .249

Totals 40 9 15 9 2 13

New York AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Jeter dh 6 2 3 1 1 1 .299

Granderson cf 4 4 2 5 2 1 .278

Teixeira 1b 4 1 0 2 2 1 .246

An.Jones rf 1 1 1 1 0 0 .252

Al.Rodriguez 3b 4 3 2 0 2 1 .293

Er.Chavez 3b 1 0 0 0 0 0 .263

Cano 2b 4 1 2 5 0 1 .304

Cervelli ph-c 1 1 1 0 0 0 .269

Swisher rf-1b 4 2 1 0 2 3 .266

Martin c 5 3 5 6 1 0 .243

Posada 2b 0 0 0 0 0 0 .244

E.Nunez ss 5 2 3 1 1 1 .280

Gardner lf 4 2 1 1 2 0 .273

Totals 43 22 21 22 13 9

Oakland 115 000 011— 9 15 0

New York 100 144 66x— 22 21 0

LOBOak. 8, N.Y. 12. 2BMatsui (21), Willingham (21), Allen (3), Pennington (18), Swisher (24), Martin (14). 3BDeJesus (5), Jeter (4). HRPennington (6), off Wade; S.Sizemore (6), off Ayala; Martin (16), off Harden; Cano (22), off Harden; Martin (17), off De Los Santos; Granderson (36), off Billings; An.Jones (10), off Fuentes. SBJ.Weeks 2 (16). SCrisp. SFMatsui, Cano. RISPOak. 6; N.Y. 6.

Oakland IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA

Harden 4L10 6 6 1 6 96 4.55

Breslow 1 1 1 1 1 0 20 4.23

DLSnts L, 2-1L2 3 3 2 1 19 3.42

NorbertoM1 4 4 5 0 38 8.10

Billings 1L6 7 7 4 2 57 12.60

FuentesL1 1 1 0 0 7 4.14

New York IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA

P.Hughes 2M7 6 6 0 5 78 6.46

Wade 1L2 1 1 1 1 30 2.36

Noesi 1M3 0 0 1 1 33 3.50

Logn W, 4-2 1L0 0 0 0 4 22 2.67

Ayala 2 3 2 2 0 2 27 1.67

HBPby Breslow (Granderson). WPDe Los Santos. T4:31. A46,369 (50,291).

NEW YORK — In nearly a century of storied slugging, the Yankees had never put on a show quite like this. Nobody had, in fact.

New York became the first team to hit three grand slams in a game, Robinson Cano, Russell Martin and Curtis Granderson connecting during Thursday's 22-9 win over the A's.

MLB is in its 136th season and is projected to play its 200,000th regular-season game on Sept. 24.

"I'm surprised it hadn't been done before with all the great teams and great individual hitters that have come throughout the course of the game," said Granderson, whose team avoided a three-game sweep.

"There's a few times I've been one of a few or the first guy this season or something like that. But the fact that we as a team have done something that all the teams that have ever played this game have never done before … it kind of speaks to what this offense is."

New York, which has a majors-high eight slams this year, had two in a game three times, the last Sept. 14, 1999, at Toronto.

The Yankees trailed 7-1 after the third. But Cano began the barrage with his slam in the fifth, a shot into the lower deck in right off starter Rich Harden that made it 7-6. Martin connected in the sixth off Fautino De Los Santos, a fly ball that barely made it over the auxiliary scoreboard in right for a 10-7 lead.

In the eighth, Granderson launched a no-doubt drive to right-centerfield off Bruce Billings.

"I was looking at it, hoping that it was not going to go out," Billings said. "I'm not thinking about trying to give up another grand slam."

In all, the Yankees came to bat with the bases loaded 16 times, going 6-for-13 with two walks and a sac fly. (Both walks came during the seventh, when the A's walked seven in all).Derek Jeter had four at-bats with the bases loaded, grounding out twice, striking out and walking.

"You're not going to see it again probably," he said of the slams. "You can't explain it."

Martin also hit a solo homer in the fourth and drove in a career-high six.

"When there's nowhere to put them, they have to throw strikes," he said. "This game has been played for a long time. Pretty much everything has already happened. I'm waiting to see who hits four."

The 22 runs marked the most allowed by the A's since 1955, when they were based in Philadelphia and lost 29-6 to the White Sox.

"It only counts as one (loss), but it was definitely embarrassing," interim manager Bob Melvin said.

"It just got out of hand."

Yankees 22

A's 9

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