All in all, a complete game for the Oakland Athletics.
Hatteberg homered twice, drove in five runs and made a nifty
slide to score while Mulder hung on for his major league-leading
15th win, leading the streaking Athletics over the New York Yankees 13-4 Tuesday night.
"The defense was outstanding and we had a lot of good
at-bats," A's manager Ken Macha said. "I don't think Mark had his
"They jumped on Mark pretty quick, and that's rare," Hatteberg
Mulder (15-3) won at a ballpark where he's usually struggled --
he was 0-4 with a 9.97 ERA at Yankee Stadium in the regular season,
though he was 1-1 at New York in the 2001 playoffs.
Mulder got off to a shaky start this time, too, when Posada hit
a three-run homer in the first inning and Sheffield lined his 24th
shot in the third. Mulder settled down and lasted seven innings,
winning for the 13th time in 14 decisions.
"I was just struggling with my delivery in the early innings.
Every night is different. Some starts you feel great. Tonight, I
didn't," Mulder said.
"We won the ballgame. I don't care what my record is," he
AL player of the week Eric Byrnes got three more hits, and Adam
Melhuse also homered for Oakland. Melhuse got into the game in the
second inning after catcher Damian Miller's left knee was bruised
by a foul ball.
It was 4-all in the fourth inning when the Yankees put two
runners on with two outs and Derek Jeter followed with drive toward
the right-field corner.
Dye nearly overran the ball, but reached back as he jumped at
the wall to take away an extra-base hit, leaving his spike marks in
the padded fence.
"I just made a lucky grab," he said.
As he ran off the field, Jeter joshed him.
"He said, 'Let me get a hit,' or something," Dye said.
Earlier in the inning, Crosby made a diving catch to start a
double play. In the fifth, the rookie shortstop made two neat plays
on consecutive grounders to throw out Posada and Hideki Matsui.
"The shortstop made about four or five great plays, and it was
a real momentum stopper for us on several of them," said Yankees
third baseman Alex Rodriguez, the reigning AL Gold Glove shortstop.
Mark Kotsay led off the game with a single and added his 1,000th
career hit. The A's went on to win their third in a row, improving
to 2-5 against the Yankees this season. New York had won three in a
Byrnes hit a triple, double and single. He drove in three runs
and also walked, all while batting in the No. 9 spot in the lineup.
The last Oakland player to hit for the cycle -- he did it June 29
last year against San Francisco -- he had a chance to do it again
but walked and popped up the last two times he came to the plate.
Crosby hit a two-run double in the fourth, with Hatteberg
sliding wide and reaching around with his left hand to tag the
plate ahead of Jeter's relay to Posada. Byrnes' RBI single with two
outs tied it.
Hatteberg hit a two-run homer in the fifth. A few pitches later,
Lieber tripped on the mound when his cleats got caught -- he was
fine, but was pulled after walking Erubiel Durazo.
"I didn't make adjustments, that's the bottom line," said
Lieber, who could be headed to the bullpen when Mike Mussina comes
off the disabled list. "I'm just going to have to go down and work
on it. I've just got to make better pitches and I wasn't able to do
Byrnes hit a two-run triple off Tanyon Sturtze later in the
fifth for an 8-4 lead, and Melhuse hit a two-run homer in the
Hatteberg hit his 13th homer, a three-run drive off Felix
Heredia in the eighth. It was Hatteberg's fourth career multihomer
Rodriguez was hit under the left kneecap by a pitch from
Mulder, but stayed in the game. "I've never been hit quite in that
spot before. It felt pretty sore. We'll see how it wakes up in the
morning." ... Byrnes has 17 RBI in 11 games. ... Miller is
expected to be OK for Wednesday.