Series: Game 4 of 4

NY Yankees won 4-0

Game 1: Monday, August 30
NY Yankees11
Game 2: Tuesday, August 31
NY Yankees9
Game 3: Wednesday, September 1
NY Yankees4
Game 4: Thursday, September 2
NY Yankees5

Athletics 0

(65-68, 27-41 away)

Yankees 5

(84-50, 46-22 home)

    1:05 PM ET, September 2, 2010

    Yankee Stadium, New York, New York 

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    W: C. Sabathia (19-5)

    L: D. Braden (9-10)

    CC Sabathia extends Yankee Stadium win streak to 16

    Associated Press

    NEW YORK -- From the very first batter, the Oakland Athletics simply looked overmatched against CC Sabathia.

    Leadoff man Coco Crisp took an awkward cut at a fastball for strike three. Next, Rajai Davis got fooled by an off-speed pitch and almost fell over. Then, Kevin Kouzmanoff flailed at a slider.

    A lot of weak swings and soft outs followed Thursday, as Sabathia pitched one-hit ball for eight innings to earn his major league-leading 19th win. The New York Yankees beat the A's 5-0 for a four-game sweep.

    "It's as good as it gets," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

    Sabathia (19-5) breezed on a steamy afternoon, nicked only by Mark Ellis' clean single leading off the second. Jonathan Albaladejo completed the combined one-hitter in the ninth.

    "I've always enjoyed pitching in hot weather," Sabathia said. "Keep the sweat going, keep my arm loose."

    The A's barely touched him. After Ellis' opposite-field stroke through the right side and a flyout later in the inning, the Athletics didn't hit another ball to the outfield until the eighth.

    "We didn't hit a lot of balls hard against him at all," Oakland manager Bob Geren concurred.

    Curtis Granderson homered twice as a fill-in for Nick Swisher, who left after one inning because of a stiff left knee. Jorge Posada homered off Dallas Braden (9-10) a day after an animated ejection, propelling the Yankees to their sixth straight victory.

    New York increased its AL East lead over idle Tampa to 1½ games. Oakland's loss gave AL West-leading Texas a 10-game bulge, matching the largest edge in Rangers history.

    Sabathia equaled his career high for victories and won his sixth start in a row overall. He'll try for No. 20 next week at home versus Baltimore.

    "It'd be cool," he said, quickly adding, "We're still trying to wrap up the division. It's hard to think about personal accomplishments."

    The big lefty struck out five, walked three and exchanged a fist bump with Eduardo Nunez after the rookie third baseman made a nice play to start the sixth. Crisp fanned chasing 92 mph heat, the exact game-time temperature. The sun may be gone for Friday's home game against Toronto, though, with Hurricane Earl expected to bring rain.

    At 6-foot-7, the sticky conditions didn't seem to affect Sabathia.

    "This is a football player playing baseball," Girardi said.

    "I could see myself playing the offensive line," Sabathia said.

    Winning in the Bronx has become almost automatic for Sabathia -- he's 16-0 in 21 starts at Yankee Stadium since the 2009 All-Star break. Beating the A's had been more of a problem -- he began the day 6-8 with a 5.36 ERA in 20 career starts against them.

    Braden left in the sixth inning with heat-related cramps. He allowed two hits and slowly walked to the dugout trailing 1-0. He was coming off a four-hit shutout at Texas.

    Braden said his legs began feeling shaky in the fourth, a problem he'd never had before.

    "It feels like you just pulled your hamstring 20 times in a row," he said.

    Braden started against the Yankees for the first time since his dustup with Alex Rodriguez on April 22 in Oakland. A-Rod angered Braden by crossing the mound while returning to first base after a foul ball, and the two later sniped at each other and the A's sold T-shirts printed with "Get Off My Mound."

    Braden and Rodriguez have since patched up their differences. They didn't face each other this time, with Rodriguez on the disabled list.

    Posada launched his 17th home run in the second. He trotted past third-base umpire Dana DeMuth without incident -- a night earlier, Posada was ejected by DeMuth after arguing a called third strike, then drew a line in the dirt with his bat to show where the pitch was wide.

    Braden bent over after a pitch in the sixth, and suddenly there were a lot of people on his mound, including Geren and a trainer. Jerry Blevins relieved and recorded an out before throwing a pitch, trapping Derek Jeter off first base.

    Granderson followed with a solo homer, then hit a two-run shot for his 17th homer in the seventh. This was his sixth multihomer game.

    Game notes

    Sabathia won 19 with the Yankees last year and also did it in 2007 with Cleveland. ... The Yankees posted their first four-game sweep over Oakland since 1985. New York went 9-1 against the A's this year. ... Swisher is listed as day to day. ... Rodriguez (left calf) took batting practice and felt good. LHP Andy Pettitte (groin) will throw a simulated game Saturday.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Game Information

    StadiumYankee Stadium, New York, NY
    Attendance44,644 (90.7% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
    Game Time2:45
    Weather92 degrees, sunny
    Wind10 mph
    UmpiresHome Plate - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Dana Demuth

    Research Notes

    How Yankees starter CC Sabathia shut down the Athletics: - Of the 20 balls the A's put in play, 14 were hit on the ground, a season-high 70 pct for Sabathia. In addition, Inside Edge judged that none of the 20 were "well-hit", Sabathia's first start of the season in which he did not allow a "well-hit" ball. The A's hit just six balls in the air off Sabathia, three of which did not leave the infield. - Sabathia threw 95 pitches, of which 51 were offspeed and 44 were fastballs. It is the first start this season in which Sabathia threw more offspeed pitches than fastballs. - Sabathia had success with his offspeed pitches down in the zone or below, registering four strikeouts, four ground outs, and a pop out on 27 low offspeed deliveries. All four of the strikeouts came on sliders the Athletics chased below the strike zone.
    CC Sabathia is the first Yankee pitcher to throw at least 8 innings while allowing 1 hit or fewer since Andy Pettitte on August 3, 2003 vs the A's. He is the 6th lefty to do it since 1984.
    Curtis Granderson is the 3rd Yankee player in franchise history to have a multi-homer game off the bench. He joins Cody Ransom and Steve Balboni, who each did it away from Yankee Stadium.
    The Yankees win the season series with the A's 9-1. That matches the best season series record against the A's by a Yankees team in franchise history. The 1919 Yankees were 18-2 against the Philadelphia A's.
    CC Sabathia got his 19th win in the Yankees 134th game. The last Yankee to reach 19 wins within the team's first 134 games was Andy Pettitte in 1996. The last Yankee to reach 19 wins in fewer than 134 team games was Tommy John in 1980 (132 team games).
    New York's .900 win percentage against Oakland this season matches the franchise's best single-season mark versus the A's. However, Yankee success against Oakland is not necessarily a precursor to postseason success. The Yankees failed to win the World Series in any of the four previous seasons in which they had their best years against the Athletics, and New York missed the playoffs in three of those seasons.

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