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Okay, this is starting to get ridiculous.
On Sunday, the Oakland Athletics and the New York Yankees met in the final game of their four-game series at O.co Coliseum. It took a come-from behind effort and 12 innings, but the A's managed to secure a 5-4 win and complete the clean sweep of one of the best teams in the Majors. Maybe the A's are officially for real.
The Yankess jumped out to a sizable early lead. They scored three runs in the third inning off of starter Bartolo Colon, on an RBI single from Mark Teixeira and an RBI double from Alex Rodriguez. Curtis Granderson belted his 26th home run of the year in the top of the fourth to make it 4-0 Yankees.
In the fifth inning, Brandon Inge led off with his 10th home run to get the A's on the board. Two batters later, Kurt Suzuki tacked on a homer of his own to cut the lead to 4-2. In the bottom of the sixth, Inge was able to pick up an RBI groundout to cut the New York lead to just one run.
With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Seth Smith blasted his 11th home run of the season to center field to tie things up and the game headed to extra innings.
The A's got into trouble in the top of the 12th, as Josh Reddick dropped a fly ball after losing it in the sun, putting Teixeira on second base with no one out. Jerry Blevins was able to get out of the jam, however, keeping the game tied into the home half of the 12th.
Eric Sogard struck out to open the bottom of the 12th, but Derek Norris singled and was bunted to second by Jemile Weeks. On the first pitch that Coco Crisp saw from reliever Cody Eppley, he singled to right field to score Norris and give Oakland their 11th walk-off win of the season.
The A's have now won five straight and are tied with the Los Angeles Angels for second place in the American League West. Depending on what happens between the Angels and the Texas Rangers on Sunday night, the A's may soon be alone in second place.
The Oakland Athletics might just be the best story of the 2012 season so far. Despite a slow start to the year and having a roster that consists of very few household names, the A's are the hottest team in the league and were 50-44 entering Sunday.
Most felt Oakland would be sellers at the trade deadline, but that may no longer be the case. According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the A's are among the many teams interested in making a run at talented third baseman Chase Headley. Here is the latest.
Among the teams interested in Chase Headley: Oakland, which is looking for help on the left side of the infield.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 22, 2012
Headley is having a fine season with the Padres, who is hitting .266 with 11 homers, 50 RBI and an on-base percentage of .360. While these numbers are strong, they're particularly impressive given he plays half of his games at spacious Petco Park. Given that Headley is under contract through 2014, the asking price will be high in San Diego.
For more on the Athletics and their trade deadline plans, check out A's Nation.
The Oakland Athletics were hoping to keep their ultra-hot streak alive on Saturday against the New York Yankees at the O.co Coliseum. That's exactly what they did, as they came out on top of a pitchers' duel by a final score of 2-1 to take the first three games of a four-game series.
In the top of the fourth inning, Raul Ibanez got the scoring started as he hit an RBI single that plated Alex Rodriguez. The 1-0 Yankees lead did not last long, as Yoenis Cespedes tied things up in the bottom of the fourth with his 13th home run of the year.
Yankees starter Phil Hughes and Oakland starter Jarrod Parker kept dueling into the bottom of the eighth, when Brandon Inge managed to break the tie with another solo home run that have the A's the lead.
Parker held the Yankees to just one run on five hits and a walk through eight innings of work. Hughes held the A's to only four hits and two walks, with the two home runs the only extra-base hits from Oakland batters. Sean Doolittle gave up a hit and allowed a stolen base in the ninth, but struck out the side to get the save.
The A's will go for the sweep on Sunday.
The Oakland Athletics entered their four-game series against the New York Yankees with one mission: prove the naysayers wrong. It's safe to say they've gone just that following Friday night's walk-off 3-2 victory.
The Athletics finally opened the scoring in the bottom of the third inning, as Jemile Weeks hit a sacrifice fly to score Coco Crisp. They tacked on an all-important second run in the bottom of the fourth inning, thanks to an RBI double from Brandon Inge.
Left-handed starter Tom Milone had one of his best starts in an already-impressive breakout season, as he held the Yankees scoreless through seven innings of work, giving up just six hits and no walks, while striking out 10 Yankees batters.
The Yankees had a much easier time with the A's bullpen, as Russell Martin led off the eighth inning with a home run off of Jerry Blevins to cut the Oakland lead to one run. Robinson Cano then launched a home run to left field off of closer Ryan Cook to lead off the top of the ninth and tie the game, depriving Milone of a win.
In the bottom of the ninth, Yoenis Cespedes got his fourth hit of the game with one out, after which Jonny Gomes was able to pick up an infield single, putting a runner in scoring position for Brandon Moss. On the first pitch from Cody Eppley, Moss roped a single into right field, allowing Cespedes to race home well ahead of the throw.
The walk-off win was the 10th of the season for the A's, which easily leads the Major Leagues.
The A's can now do no worse than a series split, but will try to pick up the series win on Saturday.
The Oakland Athletics were hoping to give the New York Yankees a run for their money as their four-game series kicked off on Thursday night. Thanks to some key hits and a stellar performance by starting pitcher A.J. Griffin, that's exactly what happened. The A's picked up yet another win with a 4-3 victory over the Bronx Bombers at O.co Coliseum.
Griffin worked his way out of a jam in the first inning and then Yoenis Cespedes launched a two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the frame to stake the A's to a quick 2-0 lead.
Seth Smith stretched that lead all the way out to 4-0 in the third inning with a two-run RBI single. Griffin held the game at 4-0 until the sixth inning, when he gave up back-to-back, two-out RBI singles to Mark Teixeira and Nick Swisher. Griffin ended up going six innings and giving up two runs on seven hits and no walks, while striking out four.
Ryan Cook came on in the ninth to get the save. He gave up a one-out home run to Nick Swisher that cut the Oakland lead to just one run, but struck out Raul Ibanez and got Russell Martin to ground out to end the game.
The A's will attempt to secure at least a series split with another win on Friday.
The Oakland Athletics host the New York Yankees for a four-game series in the East Bay. Can the surprising A's shock one of the best teams in baseball?