Yankees Defeat Athletics 7-3 in MLB Game at Yankee Stadium

The Yankees defeat the Athletics 7-3 in a game highlighted by Aaron Judge's two-run homer and the Athletics' Zack Gelof's left oblique strain. The win keeps the Yankees in first place in the AL East.

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Yankees Defeat Athletics 7-3 in MLB Game at Yankee Stadium

Yankees Defeat Athletics 7-3 in MLB Game at Yankee Stadium

The New York Yankees defeated the Oakland Athletics 7-3 in their MLB game on Wednesday, April 24, 2024 at Yankee Stadium in New York City. Aaron Judge hit a two-run homer in the first inning after a questionable balk call on A's pitcher Joe Boyle, giving the Yankees an early lead. Judge also singled in the third inning, recording his first multi-hit game since April 13.

Anthony Rizzo and Juan Soto also homered for the Yankees, extending their lead to 4-0 by the fourth inning. Oakland's Brent Rooker hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning to cut the deficit to 5-3, but the Yankees added two more runs in the bottom of the inning to secure the victory.

Yankees starter Clarke Schmidt allowed three runs on four hits in 5.1 innings to earn the win, while Boyle gave up two runs on three hits in three innings for the Athletics. Boyle struck out six batters but was hurt by the balk call and Judge's homer.

Why this matters: The win helps the first-place Yankees (17-8) maintain their lead in the AL East division early in the season. The struggling Athletics (9-16) have now lost 11 of their last 12 games at Yankee Stadium.

The Athletics also announced that infielder Zack Gelof has a left oblique strain and will likely be placed on the injured list. "Zack has been dealing with some oblique tightness," said A's manager Mark Kotsay after the game. "We'll get some imaging done tomorrow, but I expect he'll probably end up on the IL."

With the victory, the Yankees took a 2-1 series lead over the Athletics. The teams will conclude their four-game set on Thursday night, with Nestor Cortes Jr. (1-1, 3.41 ERA) scheduled to start for New York against Oakland's Alex Wood (0-2, 7.89 ERA). The Yankees are heavy -250 moneyline favorites in that matchup.

Key Takeaways

  • Yankees defeated Athletics 7-3, with Judge, Rizzo, and Soto homering.
  • Yankees starter Schmidt earned the win, while A's pitcher Boyle took the loss.
  • Yankees maintain AL East lead, while struggling A's have lost 11 of 12 at Yankee Stadium.
  • A's infielder Gelof likely to be placed on IL with left oblique strain.
  • Yankees are heavy favorites (-250) in the series finale against A's on Thursday.