Jun 13, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano (24) motions to the Oakland Athletics bench during the thirteenth inning at O.Co Coliseum. The Oakland Athletics defeated the New York Yankees 3-2 in extra innings. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Yanks Go Yard Recap: New York Yankees Swept In Oakland After 18 Inning Marathon

The New York Yankees haven’t been hitting. When three of your hitters go 0-23 and you get shutout for 17 innings in a row, you’re struggling. The Yankees fell 3-2 in 18 innings and were swept by the Oakland Athletics. Yes they struggle in Oakland, however, this may be a little different this time.

The Yankees got off to a good start. Brett Gardner led off the game with a double. Two batters later, Robinson Cano hit his 16th homer of the season to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead.

The A’s tied it in the third. Chris Young walked and Eric Sogard followed with a single. They pulled off a double steal to make it second and third. Derek Norris grounded out to drive in Young. Sogard was caught stealing with John Jaso up, which turned out to be important. Jaso walked and Seth Smith doubled to tie the game.

The rest of the way was about missed opportunities. The A’s had second in third in the bottom of the ninth, but Brandon Moss struck out. The Yankees had second and third in the 11th, but Kevin Youkilis and Travis Hafner struck out. They loaded the bases in the 14th, but Mark Teixeira popped out. Vernon Wells was 0- for the game, however he kept the Yankees alive in the 15th by throwing out Brandon Moss at the plate.

The A’s broke through in the 18th. John Jaso singled off Preston Claiborne to knock him out of the game. In came Mariano Rivera. Seth Smith blooped a single to left and Jed Lowrie was walked intentionally to load the bases. Nate Freiman ended it with a single.

YGY Player Of The Game: Adam Warren

A pair of lefties face off on Friday night in Anaheim. C.J. Wilson and Andy Pettitte will face off at 10:05 ET.

Notes: Derek Jeter was cleared to resume baseball activities. Orlando Hernandez and John Flaherty are will be making their debut at Old-Timers Day. The Yankees signed third-round pick Michael O’Neill.

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