Yankees Crush Athletics After Return of Stanton


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New York Yankees 13, Oakland Athletics 4

Giancarlo Stanton returned from the injured list and hit a two-run single and walked with the bases loaded. Josh Donaldson doubled twice and drove in three runs as the New York Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics 13-4 on Thursday.

Kyle Higashioka’s comebacker injured A’s reliever Joel Payamps in the eighth. Sheldon Neuse pitched for the second time this season.

James Tallion (12-4) was well-supported. After Weissert came up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, everything went wrong.

Jonah Bride was hit by his first pitch, then balked to second. Weissert’s third pitch hit Skye Bolt. Weissert walked Tony Kemp after Nick Allen flew out. Vimael Machin and Weissert’s forgettable first night ended.

Stanton returned from a left Achilles tendinitis layoff on July 24. He was 1-4 as third-place DH. Aaron Boone expects to use Stanton as DH early as he recovers.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa singled in two runs in the decisive second. Andrew Benintendi had a sacrifice fly and Jose Trevino doubled in a run.

Taillion allowed Shea Langeliers’ solo homer in his final inning. Six hits, two strikeouts, no walks. Taillion’s 2018 career high was 14 wins.

The Yankees started off strong in the game.

In 2 2/3 innings, James Kaprielian (3-8) was charged with a career-high eight earned runs, walked as many batters as he had ever walked before, and gave up seven hits.

ESPN Stats & Info says that Rich Harden was the last A’s starter to give up eight or more earned runs and walk at least six batters. He did this at Boston on August 21, 2003, when he gave up eight earned runs and walked seven batters.

Oakland gave up 13 runs, which was the second most it had given up all season, after a 14-4 loss at Minnesota on May 18.

At the trade deadline, the A’s sent right-handed pitcher Frankie Montas and closer Lou Trivino to the Yankees. However, Montas isn’t scheduled to pitch in any of these four games.


Gerrit Cole (9-6, 3.41 ERA) looks to reach double-digit wins for the eighth time in his career on Friday. Since beating Boston on July 17, he’s 0-4 in six starts.

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