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Corey Kluber is the difference maker and impact arm the Yankees need atop their rotation.  In 2017 and 2018, Yankee fans wished ace-like status on Luis Severino, but his inconsistencies have left him just short of owning the name.  Kluber, 32, has been the definition of consistent for the Cleveland Indians, winning 18+ games four out of the last five years and winning 20 games in 2018 for the first time in his career. Kluber has posted an ERA below 3.50 every season since 2014, and has struck out at least 220 hitters in the same span. Kluber keeps getting better, and is not showing any signs of regression. Kluber is an ace, the ace the Yankees need.

Timely hitting from Teixeira, Castro guides Yankees to sweep of Athletics with 5-4 win

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It took Brett Gardner’s speed and awareness to happen, but in the 6th inning, Mark Teixeira’s first single in 20 at-bats tied the game at 3. Although it was an infield single with the shift on, the grounder to shallow right field was enough to score Gardner, who ran on contact from second with two outs. Starlin Castro followed Teixeira with a RBI single to center off of Oakland's Jesse Hahn and the Yankees took the lead for good, 4-3.

Oakland got on the board in the first with Billy Burns’s speed. Burns stole two bases and scored on Stephen Vogt’s groundout. 

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Michael Pineda then settled down, working out of trouble in the second and third innings.

The Yankees used two solo home runs, McCann’s sixth of the year in the second, and Ellsbury’s second of the year in the third to take a 2-1 lead after three innings.

In the fifth, Pineda ran into trouble. After a Billy Burns single with two outs to put runners on first and second, Stephen Vogt woke up O.co Coliseum with a two-run double to left, giving the Athletics the 3-2 lead. However, the joyous times in Oakland didn’t last long, as the Yankees added two runs on two RBI singles by Teixeira and Gardner to take the 4-3 lead in the sixth.

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Carlos Beltran added an insurance run with a RBI double in the 7th, and the Yankees needed that run. With Andrew Miller pitching, Didi Gregorius and Starlin Castro made consecutive errors on routine grounders to start the bottom of the 8th, and the Athletics cut the Yankees lead in half with a Billy Butler RBI groundout.

Michael Pineda pitched well, allowing just six hits and three earned runs in six innings. Carlos Beltran continued to dominate on offense, going 2 for 4 with a run and RBI.

The dominant Yankees bullpen came in for the last three innings. Dellin Betances worked a perfect seventh, Miller limited the damage to just one run, and Aroldis Chapman worked a 1-2-3 ninth to secure the win for the Yankees.

Winning Pitcher: Michael Pineda (2-5, 6.34 ERA) - 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
Losing Pitcher: Jesse Hahn (1-2, 4.07 ERA) - 5.2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 K
Save: Aroldis Chapman (6)

Next Game: Tuesday, May 24 (7:05 PM ET) - Blue Jays (R.A. Dickey) @ Yankees (Nathan Eovaldi)

Article by: Bryan Peng
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