The Yankees hit how many grand slams Thursday?

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The Yankees hit how many grand slams Thursday?

NEW YORK (AP)Robinson Canos grand slam gave the New York Yankees a chance. Russell Martins slam gave them the lead. Curtis Grandersons slam gave them the record.

The Yankees became the first team in Major League Baseball 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.

Youre not going to see it again, probably, Yankees captain Derek Jeter said. You cant explain it.

Funny thing: The Yankees couldve hit even more grand slams, given all the chances the As presented them. Helped by 13 walks, New York batters went to the plate a whopping 16 times with the bases loaded.

Jeter alone came up four times with the bags juiced. He grounded out twice, struck out and walked in those spots. Overall, the Yankees went 6 for 13 with two walks and a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded.

In nearly a century of storied slugging, the Bronx Bombers had never put on a show quite like this. Nobody had, in fact.

Im surprised it hadnt been done before with all the great teams and great individual hitters that have come throughout the course of the game, Granderson said.

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 theyd achieved.

This game has been played for a long time. Pretty much everything has already happened, Martin said.

Except this.

Definitely cool. It was fun to be part of it, Martin said. When theres nowhere to put them, they have to throw strikes.

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.

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.

Turns out they missed the Yankees coming homeover and over and over.

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.

Martin connected in the sixth off Fautino De Los Santos, a fly that barely made it over the auxiliary scoreboard in right for a 10-7 lead.

Granderson took his turn in the eighth, launching a no-doubt drive into New Yorks right-center field bullpen with two outs off Bruce Billings.

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.

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.

It only counts as one (loss), but it was definitely embarrassing, Oakland interim manager Bob Melvin said.

Pomeranz gets chance to rebound from first shaky Red Sox start

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Pomeranz gets chance to rebound from first shaky Red Sox start

BOSTON -- His first start wasn’t exactly what everyone expected.

Now, Drew Pomeranz has his shot at redemption in more ways than just improving on his last start — which won’t take much.

The lefty makes his second start since joining the Red Sox at the tail end of the All-Star break, following a shaky Minnesota series that John Farrell admitted could have easily gone south.

“We’ve come off a couple of days where we’re a pitch away or a swing of the bat away from being in a spot where we’re possibly looking at four consecutive [wins] in this series,” Farrell said after the Red Sox’ 8-7 victory Sunday. 

And each day was a different issue -- with the exception of a blowout win on Thursday night.

Friday had no offense. Saturday had crazy wind, sketchy fielding and another subpar performance from David Price. And Sunday saw a couple of fly balls land that shouldn’t have -- to go with the bullpen nearly blowing the lead.

In fact, the bullpen had a 6.97 ERA this weekend. In 10 1/3 innings of work, they gave up eight earned runs.

Take out Brad Ziegler’s two shutout innings and they almost averaged one run per inning -- which would be a 9.00 ERA.

So, the fielding has been shaky. The bullpen blew a game where the Red Sox scored nine runs Saturday night and nearly did it again the next day when the Sox scored eight.

Add that on to a second outing where you’re trying to win over a city and region after pitching only three-plus innings, and allowing five runs, in your debut, in which the offense had given you plenty of run support, staking you to an 8-0 lead Wednesday night against the Giants (the Red Sox held on to win, 11-7).

And, you were traded for one of the best pitching prospects in all of baseball -- who has become even more valuable in everyone’s eyes since you’re debut.

Last, and probably least, the guy who traded to get you -- and expressed he’s had interest in you since you were drafted -- well, you’re pitching against his old team and the guy who -- although on the decline -- has been the face of the Detroit Tigers franchise for nearly a decade in Justin Verlander.

No pressure though.

Welcome to Boston.

OFFSEASON

Michael Jordan: ‘I can no longer stay silent’ on racial issues

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Michael Jordan: ‘I can no longer stay silent’ on racial issues

By Dan Feldman, NBCSports.com Pro Basketball Talk

Michael Jordan might have never said “Republicans buy sneakers, too.”

But that quote has defined him politically.

Whether the perception has been fair or not, he’s clearly trying to change it.

Jordan in ESPN's The Undefeated:

As a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and a black man, I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers. I grieve with the families who have lost loved ones, as I know their pain all too well.

I was raised by parents who taught me to love and respect people regardless of their race or background, so I am saddened and frustrated by the divisive rhetoric and racial tensions that seem to be getting worse as of late. I know this country is better than that, and I can no longer stay silent. We need to find solutions that ensure people of color receive fair and equal treatment AND that police officers – who put their lives on the line every day to protect us all – are respected and supported.

Over the past three decades I have seen up close the dedication of the law enforcement officers who protect me and my family. I have the greatest respect for their sacrifice and service. I also recognize that for many people of color their experiences with law enforcement have been different than mine. I have decided to speak out in the hope that we can come together as Americans, and through peaceful dialogue and education, achieve constructive change.

To support that effort, I am making contributions of $1 million each to two organizations, the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s newly established Institute for Community-Police Relations and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

You can read Jordan’s full statement here.