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New York Yankees edged by Oakland in Game One: 6-5

The New York Yankees (77-49) came one run short of a Game One victory over the Oakland Athletics (58-70) in a Tuesday night game at Yankee Stadium.

Starter Bartolo Colon (L, 8-8) tossed 6.1 innings, giving up eight hits, five runs and two homers in another rough start. Colon gave up five runs for the second straight start, and has not won a game since July 30-which is a span of four stars.

The Bombers made it close in the later parts of the game, as a three-run homer (16) by Nick Swisher started to cut away at the A’s lead in the bottom of the eighth. Jorge Posada homered (11) in the bottom of the ninth, along with a bases loaded walk to Robinson Cano made the game 6-5.

Swisher had a second chance to be a hero with the bases loaded in the frame, but the right fielder flied out to end the Yankees threat. Bombers shortstop Derek Jeter continues to swing a red-hot stick, recording three more hits, which ties him with Rod Carew for 22nd place on the all-time hits list with 3.053.

Missing from the Yankee lineup was Alex Rodriguez, had just returned to the club in the series against the Twins. Sadly the Bombers third baseman sprained his thumb in that series, and is listed as day-to-day with the injury.

Ace-lefty C.C. Sabathia (17-7, 2.96 ERA) looks to continue to regain his dominant form in Game Two tomorrow. Sabathia is slated to face Trevor Cahill (9-12, 4.17 ERA) with the first pitch slated for 7:05 p.m.

Written on August 24, 2011
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