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Athletics use early home runs to rout Yankees, win series

CBSSports.com wire reports
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Athletics took time out to honor retiring Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter before Sunday's game, giving him a vintage bottle of fine Northern California wine and a check for his foundation.

They didn't treat New York starter Vidal Nuno nearly so nicely.

Derek Norris and Coco Crisp hit early three-run homers to back a strong start by Jesse Chavez, and the A's beat the Yankees 10-5 on Sunday.

"We obviously made ourselves a little more well-rounded over the last couple years, but whenever we're hitting homers we're winning," Norris said. "That's just the bottom line. That's what we did today."

The A's had been held to one run or fewer in four of their previous nine games before taking a 10-0 lead in four innings.

Yoenis Cespedes drove in two runs and Josh Donaldson snapped an 0-for-33 slump with an RBI single.

Chavez (6-4) carried a shutout into the sixth.

With the second-best record in the majors behind San Francisco, the A's have won three of four and are off to their best start in nearly 25 years.

"It's good to see," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said of his club's power surge. "We haven't been swinging the bat as well as we were earlier, certainly on the power portion of it. But two big three-run homers today gets you off to a good start."

Norris, who matched his career high with three hits, hit a home run in the first and Crisp connected in the second off Nuno (1-3).

Carlos Beltran hit his first home run for the Yankees since coming off the disabled list. But the All-Star veteran also was called out on a strange play in the eighth inning when he lost track of the outs and wandered away from first base.

With one out in the eighth and the A's ahead 10-3, Beltran grounded into a forceout at second. He trotted toward New York's first-base dugout and got halfway there, then turned around and headed back toward the bag -- Beltran was tagged in foul ground.

Umpire Dan Iassogna made the call and Yankees manager Joe Girardi came onto the field for a brief discussion. By rule 7.08, Beltran was out for "abandoning" the base.

"I thought there were two outs," Beltran said in the Yankees' quiet clubhouse. "It was too late to go back."

Chavez blanked the Yankees until Derek Jeter doubled in the sixth and scored on Mark Teixeira's two-out single. Oakland's right-hander was stellar otherwise, allowing five hits over six innings with four strikeouts.

"The big key is not walking anybody," Chavez said. "Today, even if I did go to a full count I didn't want to give in."

Beltran homered off reliever Ryan Cook in the seventh.

Brett Gardner also homered for New York, a two-run shot in the ninth. The Yankees put two more runners on base after that against struggling reliever Jim Johnson, and Luke Gregerson came on for the last out.

Jeter played his last scheduled game at the Coliseum and received a lengthy ovation from the sold-out crowd that included several thousand fans decked out in Yankees jerseys. The retiring shortstop was given a bottle of Northern California wine during a pregame ceremony and received a financial donation from the A's for his Turn 2 Foundation.

It was at the Coliseum, in fact, where Jeter made one of the most memorable plays of his career. His backhanded flip to the plate helped save the Yankees in the 2001 playoffs.

Jeter hit a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded in the seventh before being replaced by Brendan Ryan in the bottom half of the inning.

Nuno, who had allowed only three earned runs total over his previous two outings, allowed eight runs and eight hits in three-plus innings.

Notes

Norris also hit a three-run home run on Mother's Day. ... The 10 runs were the A's most against the Yankees since 2007 and helped them snap out of a weeklong power slump. Oakland had hit only one home run over its previous five games. ... A's OF Josh Reddick (hyperextended knee) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday. ... Oakland LHP Drew Pomeranz (5-3) pitches against visiting Texas on Monday night. ... New York RHP Masahiro Tanaka (10-1) starts against AL East-leading Toronto at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series.

 
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Derek Norris gets the Athletics jump started with a three-run roundtripper in the first inning.  (USATSI)
Derek Norris gets the Athletics jump started with a three-run roundtripper in the first inning. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
New York

B. Gardner
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Oakland

C. Crisp
AB 4
R 3
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
New York (A.L.) Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brett Gardner, LF-CF4112101 .281
Derek Jeter, SS3111010 .271
   Brendan Ryan, SS0000100 .303
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF4000013 .282
   Alfonso Soriano, LF1010000 .228
Mark Teixeira, 1B3011000 .242
   John Ryan Murphy, C2000012 .286
Brian McCann, C-1B3000121 .224
Carlos Beltran, DH4121001 .221
Ichiro Suzuki, RF4120010 .320
Yangervis Solarte, 2B3100113 .274
Kelly Johnson, 3B3010102 .226
Vidal Nuno, P0000000 .000
   Jose Ramirez, P0000000 .000
   Shawn Kelley, P0000000 .000
   Adam Warren, P0000000 .000
   Matt Thornton, P0000000 .000
Totals3459557  
Batting
2B - Derek Jeter (7, J. Chavez), Mark Teixeira (4, J. Chavez)
HR - Brett Gardner (5, Johnson), Carlos Beltran (6, Cook)
SF - Derek Jeter (1)
RBI - Brett Gardner 2 (26), Derek Jeter (15), Mark Teixeira (32), Carlos Beltran (18)
2-OUT RBI - Brett Gardner 2 (9), Mark Teixeira (9)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Solarte-Jeter
E - Brendan Ryan (3, Throwing)
PB - John Ryan Murphy (3)
New York (A.L.) Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Vidal Nuno (L,1-3) 3888122 5.90
Jose Ramirez 1322100 5.06
Shawn Kelley 1000010 3.71
Adam Warren 2100140 2.19
Matt Thornton 1000010 3.38
WP - Vidal Nuno (4)
HBP - Gentry (by Jose Ramirez)
Pitches-Strikes - Vidal Nuno 75-46, Jose Ramirez 26-16, Shawn Kelley 8-6, Adam Warren 30-18, Matt Thornton 24-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Vidal Nuno 5-2, Adam Warren 1-1, Matt Thornton 2-1
Batters Faced - Vidal Nuno 18, Jose Ramirez 7, Shawn Kelley 3, Adam Warren 8, Matt Thornton 4
Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Coco Crisp, CF4323120 .274
Craig Gentry, LF4211010 .280
Yoenis Cespedes, DH5022013 .258
Derek Norris, C5133002 .305
Jed Lowrie, SS4000011 .224
Josh Donaldson, 3B4011000 .250
Brandon Moss, RF3000112 .264
Kyle Blanks, 1B4220011 .306
Nick Punto, 2B3210111 .254
Jesse Chavez, P0000000 .000
   Ryan Cook, P0000000 .000
   Fernando Abad, P0000000 .000
   Jim Johnson, P0000000 .000
   Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
Totals3610121038  
Batting
2B - Derek Norris (9, Warren)
HR - Coco Crisp (5, Nuno), Derek Norris (7, Nuno)
RBI - Coco Crisp 3 (21), Craig Gentry (4), Yoenis Cespedes 2 (44), Derek Norris 3 (29), Josh Donaldson (51)
2-OUT RBI - Josh Donaldson (15)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Punto-Blanks-Lowrie, Punto-Blanks-Lowrie-Lowrie-Punto-Blanks
E - Kyle Blanks (1, Misplayed grounder)
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jesse Chavez (W,6-4) 6511040 2.93
Ryan Cook 1222211 4.11
Fernando Abad 1000100 1.63
Jim Johnson 0.2222211 6.18
Luke Gregerson 0.1000010 2.04
Pitches-Strikes - Jesse Chavez 87-60, Ryan Cook 29-18, Fernando Abad 10-6, Jim Johnson 25-12, Luke Gregerson 5-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jesse Chavez 7-7, Ryan Cook 1-1, Fernando Abad 1-1
Batters Faced - Jesse Chavez 23, Ryan Cook 7, Fernando Abad 3, Jim Johnson 6, Luke Gregerson 1
Game Information
Attendance - 36067
Game Time - 3:06
Temperature - 62
Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - C.B. Bucknor, Third Base - Hal Gibson