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Anthony Volpe hits grand slam as Yankees sweep sad-sack A’s

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The Yankees made the most of their get-right series by sweeping the worst team in baseball.

Now they will try to funnel that momentum into taking another shot at the best team in baseball.

In between showdowns against the division rival Rays, the Yankees got a laugher of a series against the Athletics, which they completed on Wednesday afternoon with an 11-3 blowout in The Bronx — capped off by Anthony Volpe’s first career grand slam.

Coming off a brutal loss to the Rays on Sunday in Tampa, in which they blew a 6-0 lead and coughed up a chance to win the series, the Yankees came home to the soft cushion of playing the lowly A’s.

The three-game series was a welcome respite — in which the Yankees combined to outscore the A’s 28-10 — from an otherwise mediocre start to the season.

Before welcoming the Rays to The Bronx for a four-game series on Thursday, the Yankees enjoyed one more round of batting practice that counted as a real game on Wednesday.

It included a three-hit day from Aaron Judge, more home runs for Harrison Bader and DJ LeMahieu, and Volpe’s first-pitch grand slam that put an exclamation point on a seven-run fifth inning.

Deivi Garcia even got in on the fun, making his first appearance for the Yankees in nearly two years and pitching the final three innings for the save.

The Yankees jumped on left-hander Kyle Muller in the first inning after loading the bases with one out on a single and a pair of walks.

Gleyber Torres lifted a sacrifice fly that scored Judge for the 1-0 lead.


Yankees shortstop Anthony Volpe reacts as he rounds the bases after hitting his first career grand slam in the fifth inning against the A’s on May 10, 2023.
Paul J. Bereswill for the NY Post

Bader came up next and smacked a three-run home run, with a possible assist from a fan.

Bader hit a fly ball to right field that JJ Bleday had his sights set on robbing at the wall, but before he could, a fan in the front row reached his glove above the wall to make the catch first.

After a crew chief review, the home run stood as called on the field, giving the Yankees a 4-0 lead.

The home run was Bader’s third in his first eight games since missing the first month of the season with a strained oblique.


Anthony Volpe celebrates his grand slam with Yankees catcher Kyle Higashioka at home plate on May 10, 2023.
Anthony Volpe celebrates his grand slam with Yankees catcher Kyle Higashioka at home plate on May 10, 2023.
Paul J. Bereswill for the NY Post

The power surge is reminiscent of his playoff performance last October, when he slugged five home runs in nine games.

The Yankees batted around in the fifth inning, blowing the game open in case there was any threat that the A’s might actually come back.

Judge got it started with his first hit since coming off the IL on Tuesday, blistering a 115.2 mph double to the gap.


Anthony Volpe is greeted by his Yankees teammates after hitting his first career grand slam on May 10, 2023.
Anthony Volpe is greeted by his Yankees teammates after hitting his first career grand slam on May 10, 2023.
Paul J. Bereswill for the NY Post

He came around to score on a single from Anthony Rizzo, who collected two hits to extend his hitting streak to eight games.

LeMahieu then greeted reliever Rico Garcia with a two-run home run — his second in as many days — to make it a 7-2 Yankees lead.

Garcia went on to load the bases on a Torres double and a pair of two-out walks, which prompted him to throw a first pitch to Volpe that was a 96 mph fastball down the middle.

Volpe didn’t miss, crushing a grand slam to center field for the 11-2 lead.

Jhony Brito gave up a pair of solo home runs in the second inning, but that was the only damage the A’s did off him across 4 ⅓ innings.

The young right-hander worked in and out of trouble for most of the day, but it didn’t cost him against the A’s lackluster lineup.

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