Yanks Go Yard Recap: Griffin Shuts Down New York Yankees Offense

The Oakland Athletics are built on their young pitching and power. Last night both were on display as the Yankees were defeated by the A’s 2-0. A.J. Griffin led the way for the A’s, keeping the Yankees off-balance going seven innings, allowing only six hits, while striking out four and walking only one.

May 3, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees catcher Chris Stewart (19) talks with New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) during the sixth inning of a game against the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

CC Sabathia hung tough, even though he threw a ton of pitches, in six innings. The Yankees were behind the eight ball right off the bat, when Adam Rosales led off the game with his first homer of the season. The score remained that way until the sixth. Yoenis Cespedes led off with a single. Josh Donaldson singled. Cespedes went to third, but Donaldson was thrown out at second. Derek Norris singled to drive Cespedes home.

Game two of the weekend series is this afternoon. Ex-Yankee Bartolo Colon will get the ball against Phil Hughes at 1:05 today.

Notes: Preston Claiborne was called up to take the place of Joba Chamberlain. Claiborne wasn’t on the 40-man roster, so Cody Eppley was designated for assignment to make room for him. David Robertson will be out until at least Tuesday with an injured hamstring. The Yankees will have the 26th, 32nd, and 33rd pick in the upcoming draft in June as the draft order was announced yesterday.

Here is today’s lineup for the Yankees:

Brett Gardner CF

Robinson Cano 2B

Vernon Wells LF

Travis Hafner DH

Ichiro Suzuki RF

Chris Nelson 3B

Lyle Overbay 1B

Eduardo Nunez SS

Chris Stewart C

Phil Hughes P

Topics: New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics

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