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Yankees double-up Athletics, 4-2

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NEW YORK (AP) - Phil Hughes pitched eight shutout innings of four-hit ball for his first win of the season, and the New York Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics 4-2 on Saturday.

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Chris Stewart and Lyle Overbay homered against Bartolo Colon, sending the A's to their only loss in the right-hander's six starts this year. Hughes (1-2) struck out nine and outpitched his former New York teammate for his first victory since Sept. 20 against Toronto.

Travis Hafner and Brett Gardner each had an RBI single for the Yankees, who bounced back from a 2-0 loss to A.J. Griffin in the series opener Friday night and improved to 7-2 on their 10-game homestand.

Oakland has dropped 10 of 15 after opening the season 12-4. The A's, who had won six of eight against New York, are 13-3 against AL West teams and 4-11 vs. everyone else.

Hughes, hit hard while losing his first two starts of the season, turned in his fourth consecutive strong outing of at least six innings and no more than two runs allowed. And this one was probably the best of the bunch.

The 26-year-old right-hander shut down an Oakland offense that began the day leading the majors in runs (164) and extra-base hits (105). He walked two against a team that entered with 142 bases on balls - 25 more than any other team.

Hughes threw 82 of his 118 pitches for strikes. Shawn Kelley gave up a leadoff single in the ninth and Oakland scored twice with Mariano Rivera on the mound in a non-save situation before he finished the six-hitter.

Showing late life and plenty of zip on his fastball, Hughes struck out five in the first three innings and induced a double-play grounder in the fourth. He retired Jed Lowrie with two on to end the fifth and fanned Yoenis Cespedes with a 93 mph fastball to begin the sixth.

Robinson Cano opened the bottom half with his 344th career double, tying Mickey Mantle for eighth place in Yankees history. He later scored when Hafner blooped a single well beyond a drawn-in infield.

That made it 3-0 and ended the afternoon for Colon (3-1), who gave up six hits over 5 1-3 innings - his shortest start this season. The 2005 AL Cy Young Award winner, who pitched for the Yankees in 2011, has walked only one in 37 1-3 innings this season.

Eduardo Nunez tripled off Chris Resop in the seventh and scored on Gardner's two-out single.

Stewart, batting ninth, led off the third with a drive to left for his sixth major league home run. Overbay sent Colon's first pitch of the fifth into the second deck in right for his fifth of the season.

One day after Adam Rosales hit a leadoff homer for the A's, John Jaso nearly duplicated the feat. His drive was caught by a leaping Ichiro Suzuki at the right-field fence.

Josh Reddick made a similar play for Oakland - in almost the same spot - against Gardner in the third.

Reddick went 0 for 3 with a walk and an RBI. He has one hit in his last 22 at_bats and is 0 for 33 in 11 career games at the current Yankee Stadium.

NOTES: Oakland put OF Chris Young (strained left quadriceps) on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 30, and recalled OF Michael Taylor from Triple-A Sacramento. Taylor is likely to get playing time against left-handed pitching, manager Bob Melvin said. ... LHP Andy Pettitte (3-2, 3.86 ERA) starts Sunday for New York against RHP Dan Straily (1-0, 6.35) in the series finale. The 40-year-old Pettitte was roughed up by last-place Houston in a 9-1 loss Monday. He earned his first major league win against the A's in June 1995 and is 11-6 with a 3.35 ERA in 21 starts against Oakland. ... Chris Nelson started at 3B in his Yankees debut and went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts. Nelson was acquired Wednesday night from Colorado for a player to be named or cash, adding depth to New York's injury-ravaged infield. ... Yankees OF Curtis Granderson was hit by a pitch in the upper right arm at extended spring training in Tampa, Fla. Granderson, rehabbing from a broken right forearm, stayed in the intrasquad game and said he was fine. ``It was going to happen one of these days,'' he said. Granderson had two singles in four at_bats and played all three outfield positions. The slugger broke his arm when he was hit by a pitch from Toronto LHP J.A. Happ in his first at-bat of spring training on Feb. 24.

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