The Yankees had a chance to do something positive here in Oakland. Instead, their flaws were left exposed. Vidal Nuno was knocked around, the offense couldn’t do much, and the Yankees finished this 10-day road trip with an embarrassing 10-5 loss to the Athletics. The A’s have the best record in the American League, so the opponent certainly wasn’t an easy one, but the Yankees lost their last two in a row at the Coliseum and will head home having gone 5-4 on the trip. They’d won four in a row before scoring just one run last night and allowing six runs in the first two innings today. Nuno is one of three replacement starters in the Yankees rotation, and his ERA is up to 5.90 after today’s three-inning, eight-run debacle (rookie reliever Jose Ramirez didn’t help matters in his one inning of work). The lineup, meanwhile, got an RBI double by Mark Teixeira and a solo home run from Carlos Beltran — good signs, certainly — but were still being once again held to four runs or less before Brett Gardner hit a two-out, two-run home run in the ninth.
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