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Athletics homer on back-to-back pitches, sweep Yankees

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Hill then put the glasses back on and K’d the next two Yankees to end the 1st and 3rd threat and minimize the damage. Manager Bob Melvin said Alvarez’s next rehab start will be the same length and pitch count.

“We’re just playing games and trying to win games”, Melvin said. Despite some of the wildness, the A’s will take this sort of start from Hill EVERY TIME. The last time the A’s gave up the D.H. four times in the same season was 1995. Khris Davis drove a fastball to center field for his first home run of the season and Coco Crisp sent a fastball into the second deck in left field.

Not much transpired until the bottom of the 2nd, when “Wild Hill” walked the first two pinstripers, then deflected a comebacker that led to a Jed Lowrie awkward decision but nice play to get the out at 1st – he could have gone to 2nd for an easier out – which resulted in runners at 2nd and 3rd.

After notching two singles Wednesday night, Davis took another step toward flushing his bad mojo with his first homer in an A’s uniform. “It’s imperative you have some angle on your pitches and make sure that you can get that late velocity through the zone against him”. “He has to make a flawless throw – nearly unheard of throw – to get me there and he did”. The left-handed starter battled his control a little but mostly took the game to the Yankees Thursday, allowing just three hits and two runs, one earned. “I felt like I threw the ball well tonight, they just jumped on two fastballs early”. He’s had one other road start, in Seattle, also struck out 10 in that one and allowed one run in a win. Got to relax, get a good pitch to hit and hit it, ” Rodriguez said.

After John Axford had worked 1.1 scoreless innings, Liam Hendriks pitched just a third of an inning in the 9th before giving up two hits and yielding to co-closer Ryan Madson.

New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez celebrates in the dugout with teammates after scoring on Austin Romine’s fourth-inning single in a baseball game in New York, Thursday, April 21, 2016. Chris Coghlan capped the power surge with a towering two-run blast to right in the eighth that made it 6-3.

New York Yankees Starlin Castro hits a seventh-inning RBI single in a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in New York, Thursday, April 21, 2016. The aging southpaw now faces a NY lineup that is averaging 5.1 runs per game at home with a. 787 OPS. Rodriguez had walked and advanced to third on his second stolen base of the season and a throwing error by catcher Stephen Vogt.

Hicks made his defensive presence known Wednesday night in left field, throwing out Danny Valencia attempting to tag up from third base – a laser, one-hop bullet that was recorded at 105.5 miles per hour by MLB Statcast. The A’s tacked on an additional run in the 9th on a Canha sacrifice fly.

And leading off the sixth, Lowrie was easily gunned down at second base by Hicks as he attempted to stretch a single. The 22-year-old righty shouted, smacked his hand into his glove and pointed emphatically in the left fielder’s direction. Severino left after six innings, and the first two pitches thrown by his relief help, Chasen Shreve, were blasted by Davis and Crisp, putting the A’s head to stay. He struck out 10, matching his season high, but he also walked four, and the walks cost him.

“I believe we are going to turn it around, ” Girardi said during his press conference. “It’s something we’re not going to get used to and something we’re not going to accept. We are going to get better and it should start tomorrow”.

Despite Girardi juggling his lineup against a lefty starter, the Yankees found themselves befuddled by Hill.

Yankees pinch-hitter Brian McCann strikes out during the seventh inning of the Yankees’ 7-3 loss.

An on-field ceremony was held prior to the game honoring The Michael Nolan Scholarship Fund. Nolan, a native of nearby Yonkers, was an 18th round draft pick of the Athletics in 2014. Shreve took the loss and is now 1-1 on the year. They’ll send ace Sonny Gray (2-1, 2.33) to the mound for Friday’s opener against Aaron Sanchez (1-0, 1.35).

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