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Yankees set record with 3 grand slams

Nick Swisher (left) helps Russell Martin celebrate Martin’s grand slam in the sixth - the second of three slams by the Yankees. Nick Swisher (left) helps Russell Martin celebrate Martin’s grand slam in the sixth - the second of three slams by the Yankees. (Ray Stubblebine/Reuters)
Associated Press / August 26, 2011

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The New York Yankees became the first team in major league history to hit three grand slams in a game, with Robinson Cano, Russell Martin, and Curtis Granderson connecting yesterday in a wet, wild 22-9 romp over the visiting Oakland Athletics.

In nearly a century of storied slugging, the Bronx Bombers never enjoyed a day like this.

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 home - over and over and over.

Cano began the barrage with his slam in the fifth off starter Rich Harden, making it 7-6. Martin connected in the sixth off Fautino De Los Santos for a 10-7 lead. Granderson took his turn in eighth, launching a two-out drive off Bruce Billings.

“It’s a pretty crazy accomplishment, when you think about it,’’ Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “It’s amazing.’’

Martin homered twice and doubled, setting career highs with five hits and six RBIs. Cano drove in five runs as the Yankees pulled off their biggest comeback win since 2006 and avoided a three-game sweep.

Former All-Star catcher Jorge Posada made his first career appearance at second base and had the final play, fielding a grounder and firing a one-hop throw that knocked over first baseman Nick Swisher and left him laughing as he caught it.

The Yankees had their chances to hit even more slams.

They came to bat a startling 17 times with the bases loaded - Derek Jeter alone got four tries. He grounded out twice, struck out, and walked in those spots.

“I don’t know if I’ve ever heard of a stat of a guy being up four times with the bases loaded,’’ Girardi said.

Tigers 2, Rays 0 - Doug Fister allowed five hits over seven scoreless innings, Austin Jackson homered, and AL Central-leading Detroit beat host Tampa Bay.

Fister (6-13) struck out five. The righthander, acquired in a six-player trade with Seattle July 30, is 3-1 in five starts with the Tigers.

Jackson hit a first-inning leadoff homer and made it 2-0 with a sacrifice fly in the fifth.

The Tigers took three of four from Tampa Bay and have won 16 of their last 25 road games.

Orioles 6, Twins 1 - Mark Reynolds hit a three-run homer and Jo Jo Reyes went six strong innings to lead visiting Baltimore over Minnesota for its first four-game winning streak since early June.

Reyes (7-10) allowed one run on five hits with four walks and three strikeouts. Craig Tatum added a two-run double for the AL-worst Orioles, who haven’t had a winning streak this long since June 6-10.

Braves 8, Cubs 3 - Brian McCann homered twice and Atlanta won in Chicago.

McCann hit a three-run homer in the first and a solo shot in the seventh for his eighth career multihomer game. Michael Bourn had a career high-tying four hits, scored two runs, and drove in a run.

Diamondbacks 8, Nationals 1 - Wade Miley threw six scoreless innings to get his first major league victory, and Chris Young and Paul Goldschmidt homered for Arizona in Washington.

Miley (1-1) allowed five hits, struck out four, and walked four in his second game in the majors. The 24-year-old lefthander repeatedly worked out of trouble - allowing two men to reach base in four of the first five innings - to keep the Nationals in check.

Cardinals 8, Pirates 4 - David Freese had a go-ahead two-run single in the fifth and Matt Holliday hit a three-run homer, leading host St. Louis over Pittsburgh.

Freese blooped a bases-loaded hit down the right-field line with one out to put St. Louis in front to stay, 5-4. Allen Craig began the inning with a single. Pittsburgh starter Charlie Morton (9-7) then walked Albert Pujols and Lance Berkman.

Royals 9, Blue Jays 6 - Jeff Francis pitched six-plus innings to win for the first time since July 29, Melky Cabrera homered, and Kansas City won in Toronto.

Billy Butler doubled and scored in the fourth, singled in both the sixth and seventh, and doubled home a pair of runs off Jays reliever Shawn Camp in the eighth. He went 8 for 15 with five extra-base hits in the three-game series.

Astros 3, Giants 1 - Jordan Schafer capped his three-run night for visiting Houston with a solo homer in the seventh. The Astros broke a four-game skid, while San Francisco fell three games behind Arizona in the NL West.

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