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NEW YORK (AP) — Robinson Cano’s grand slam gave the New York

Yankees a chance. Russell Martin’s slam gave them the lead. Curtis

Granderson’s slam gave them the record.

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The Yankees became the first team in major league history to hit

three slams in a game, rallying from an early six-run deficit to

mash the Oakland Athletics 22-9 on a wet, wild Thursday.

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“You’re not going to see it again, probably,” Yankees captain Derek

Jeter said. “You can’t explain it.”

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Funny thing: The Yankees could’ve hit even more grand slams, given

all the chances the A’s presented them. Helped by 13 walks, New

York batters went to the plate a whopping 16 times with the bases

loaded.

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Jeter alone came up four times with the bags juiced. He grounded

out twice, struck and walked in those spots. Overall, the Yankees

went 6 for 13 with two walks a sacrifice fly with the bases

loaded.

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In nearly a century of storied slugging, the Bronx Bombers had

never put on a show quite like this. Nobody had, in

fact.

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“I’m surprised it hadn’t been done before with all the great teams

and great individual hitters that have come throughout the course

of the game,” Granderson said.

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With MLB in its 136th year and approaching its 200,000th

regular-season game next month, the Yankees knew it was a slammin’

day. Not until they saw a note posted on the video board about the

three slams, however, did they realize exactly what they’d

achieved.

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“This game has been played for a long time. Pretty much everything

has already happened,” Martin said.

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Except this.

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“Definitely cool. It was fun to be part of it,” Martin said. “When

there’s nowhere to put them, they have to throw

strikes.”

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Martin homered twice and doubled, setting career highs with five

hits and six RBIs. Cano and Granderson each drove in five runs as

the Yankees pulled off their biggest comeback win since 2006 and

avoided a three-game sweep.

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On a dreary afternoon, some fans headed home with the Yankees

trailing 7-1 after three innings and rain still falling in a game

that began after an 89-minute delay.

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Turns out they missed the Yankees coming home – over and over and

over.

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Cano began the barrage with his slam in the fifth, a clean shot

into the lower deck in right field off starter Rich Harden that

made it 7-6.

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Martin connected in the sixth off Fautino De Los Santos (2-1), a

fly that barely made it over the auxiliary scoreboard in right for

a 10-7 lead.

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Granderson took his turn in the eighth, launching a no-doubt drive

into New York’s right-center field bullpen with two outs off Bruce

Billings.

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“I was looking at it, hoping that it was not going to go out,”

Billings said. “I’m not thinking about trying to give up another

grand slam.”

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It was the Yankees’ highest-scoring game since they got 22 runs at

Boston in 2000, and it tied the team record set in 1931 for most

runs in a home game.

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The 22 runs marked the most allowed by the Athletics since 1955,

when they were based in Kansas City and lost 29-6 to the Chicago

White Sox.

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“It only counts as one, but it was definitely embarrassing,”

Oakland interim manager Bob Melvin said.

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The Yankees also did something special with their

gloves.

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Five-time All-Star catcher Jorge Posada made his first big league

appearance at second base, going in for the ninth inning. He made

the final play, fielding a grounder by Anthony Recker and firing a

one-hop throw that knocked over first baseman Nick Swisher and left

him laughing as he caught it.

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“I threw it too hard. I got super excited,” said Posada, long ago a

second baseman in the minors. “That tells you right there why they

moved me behind the plate.”

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Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Posada began hounding him in the

eighth inning.

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“I think at this point it was 16-8 and I was going to put Russell

at second. Jorge went and got his mitt and started telling me,

‘I’ll go to second, I’ll go to second,'” Girardi said.

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“Everything that Jorge has done for this organization, the numbers

he’s put up and the year that he’s been through this year, it was

just hard to say no,” he said.

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The Yankees had hit two slams in a game three previous times, but

never at home. They lead the majors with eight slams this

year.

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The Yankees scored six times in the seventh, helped by seven walks

in the inning. They added six more runs in the eighth, with Andruw

Jones homering after Granderson’s slam.

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Cliff Pennington homered, doubled and drove in four runs for the

A’s. Scott Sizemore also homered.

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“The fact that we as a team have done something that all the teams

have ever played this game have never done before, especially all

the offenses,” Granderson said, “it kind of speaks to what this

offense is.”

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NOTES: The A’s franchise gave up at least two slams in a game for

the seventh time, STATS LLC said. Detroit’s Ryan Raburn and Brandon

Inge did it last in 2009 and the first came in 1936, when Tony

Lazzeri of the Yankees hit a pair at Philadelphia. … Boone Logan

(4-2) got the win. … Alex Rodriguez returned to the Yankees’

lineup after missing two games with a sprained left thumb. He had

two hits and scored three runs. … Jeter passed Rickey Henderson

for 21st place on the career hits list and edged past Jimmie Foxx

for 20th on the runs chart.

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