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Rapid Reaction: Yankees 22, Athletics 9

WHAT IT MEANS: The Yankees avoided a sweep against the A's in a grand way by making history.

The Yankees became the first team to hit three grand slams in one game as they clobbered the Athletics 22-9 on Thursday in the Bronx. Grand slams by Robinson Cano, Russell Martin and Curtis Granderson guided the Yankees as they overcame a 7-1 deficit against Oakland.

Cano's grand slam in the third cut the lead to 7-6, Martin's home run gave the Yankees a 10-7 lead in the sixth and Granderson's grand slam made it 21-8 in the eighth inning. The trio combined for 16 RBIs on the afternoon, with Martin leading the way with six and Cano and Granderson each chipping in five.

CAREER DAY: Martin had arguably the best game of his career at the plate as he went 5-for-5 with two home runs and six RBIs. The five hits and the six RBIs were career highs for the catcher, who raised his average to .243.

Thursday was Martin's fourth multihomer game of the season as he blasted two balls into the right-field seats. His first home run cut the lead to 7-2 in the fourth inning, and his sixth-inning bomb proved to be the game-winning hit.

After Oakland reliever Fautino De Los Santos fell behind Nick Swisher, the A's intentionally walked Swisher to face Martin. Martin ended up barely clearing the fence with his long ball, but he got the job done and earned a curtain call.

Martin nearly hit three home runs on the day, but a long drive in the eighth fell just short and he instead settled for a double.

THE CENTURY MARK: With his grand slam, Granderson now has 103 RBIs on the year and 36 home runs. He is now second in the American League in home runs and leads all of baseball in RBIs. Granderson also drove in a run with a single in the seventh inning. He recaptured the team lead in home runs from Mark Teixeira with his homer.

NEARLY DJ300: Derek Jeter raised his average to .300 in the game, but his eighth-inning strikeout dropped him to .299. He finished 3-for-6 on the day and continued his hot hitting since he returned from the disabled list.

NOT HELPING YOUR CAUSE: Phil Hughes had been on a roll recently, winning each of his previous three starts, but he didn't pitch well at all Thursday. He lasted just 2 2/3 innings, giving up seven hits and six earned runs. He did strike out five, though.

Hughes struggled to put away hitters, falling into long counts, and the A's hit him around in the third inning. Hughes was pulled with two men on and the A's leading 4-1, and his replacement, Cory Wade, served up a first-pitch home run to boost the Athletics' lead to 7-1. The Yankees' rally earned Hughes a no-decision.

UP NEXT: Hurricane Irene. And maybe baseball. The Yankees head to Baltimore for a five-game series against the Orioles. Friday night will pit A.J. Burnett (9-10, 4.96 ERA) against Tommy Hunter (2-2, 4.95) at 7:05 p.m. ET. Saturday's first game will be Ivan Nova (13-4, 3.97) versus Zach Britton/Brian Matusz at 1:05 p.m. The second game of the doubleheader will have Freddy Garcia (10-7, 3.16) oppose Zach Britton/Brian Matusz at 7:05 p.m. Sunday has Bartolo Colon (8-8, 3.71) against Alfredo Simon (4-6, 4.30) at 1:35 p.m. CC Sabathia (17-7, 2.99) will pitch versus Jeremy Guthrie (6-16, 4.42) in the finale Monday at 7:05 p.m.