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Yankees 6, A’s 2 | In the pink

Larry Fleisher

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Even breaking a bat couldn't stop Giancarlo Stanton on a four-hit day. (Photo by Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees wrapped up a nine-game homestand with their seventh victory, rolling to a a 6-2 victory over the A’s on Sunday. Thanks to a big game from Giancarlo Stanton, the Yankees head out on an eight-game road trip with 19 wins in their last 22 games. At 28-12, the Yankees are off to their best 40-game start since opening 2003, when they had a 27-13 record.

Turning Point

Though the Yankees entered the game with a .227 average in the first inning, the opening frame on Sunday set the tone for a routine win with three runs. The Yankees loaded the bases and scored before making an out, as Stanton ripped a two-run single clocked at 117 mph. A base hit by Aaron Hicks brought home Didi Gregorius with the other run.

Three Takeaways

1. Stanton’s splits are unique. Against lefthanders, he is hitting .429 (13-for-35) with seven homers and 15 RBIs. Against righthanders, he is hitting .190 (23-for-121). On Sunday, with the A’s starting Brett Anderson, a southpaw, Stanton produced his second four-hit game of the season, hit his 10th homer and drove in three runs.

2. Luis Severino was good enough and picked up his sixth win. Since tipping his pitches last month in Boston, he has won his last four decisions. On Sunday, he allowed one run on five hits while getting seven strikeouts – all on fastballs – in six innings. Severino is now 6-1 with a 2.14 ERA through his first nine starts.

3. Brett Gardner continued his recent surge with a 2-for-5 effort. A few days ago, someone asked Aaron Boone about dropping Gardner out of the leadoff spot, but Boone held firm by saying something along the lines that he wasn’t ready to do it. Gardner scored for the fifth straight game and went 12-for-37 on the homestand.

Player of the Game

For a four-hit game, Stanton gets the nod. A four-hit game can occur in a blowout and some of those hits might not mean as much. Each of Stanton’s hits was significant on Sunday, including his 10th home run of the season, which put the Yankees up 4-1 in the fifth inning after Oakland had cut the lead to two in the top of the inning.

Larry is a longtime writer/editor with over a decade of experience writing about numerous sports for ESPN/SportsTicker, Metro New York Newspaper, AP and the Sports Xchange. Larry has followed the Yankees for media outlets since 2005 and watched them since the early 1990s when the team wasn't any good. Larry also works from time to time in television production on NBA broadcasts. When not writing, editing or podcasting or researching statistics, Larry can be found on social media @larryfleisher

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