Stanton returns from injury, Yankees pound Athletics 13-4

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OAKLAND, Calif. – Giancarlo Stanton returned from the injured list and hit a two-run single to go with a bases-loaded walk, Josh Donaldson doubled twice and drove in three runs, and the New York Yankees pounded the Oakland Athletics 13-4 on Thursday night despite a wild major league debut by reliever Greg Weissert.

A’s reliever Joel Payamps was helped off the field in the eighth after a comebacker by pinch-hitter Kyle Higashioka struck his leg. Oakland infielder Sheldon Neuse entered to pitch for his second appearance on the mound this season.

James Tallion (12-4) received all the support he needed and then some. Weissert relieved him in the seventh and nearly everything went wrong after he came up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

He hit Jonah Bride with his first pitch, then balked Bride to second on the next offering. Then Weissert’s third career pitch plunked Skye Bolt. After retiring Nick Allen on a flyball, Weissert walked Tony Kemp on four pitches. Then another free pass to Vimael Machin and Weissert’s forgettable first night was done.

Stanton played for the first time since being sidelined since July 24 with left Achilles tendinitis. He went 1 for 4 as designated hitter batting third. Manager Aaron Boone expects to use Stanton as DH early on as the slugger works back to full strength.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa also singled in a pair of runs during the decisive second inning. Jose Trevino doubled in a run, Anthony Rizzo hit an RBI single and Andrew Benintendi had a sacrifice fly.

Taillion allowed only rookie Shea Langeliers’ solo homer in the sixth, his last inning. He gave up six hits, struck out two and didn’t walk a batter. Taillion is two wins off his career high of 14 accomplished in 2018.

The Yankees came out swinging.

James Kaprielian (3-8) was tagged for a career-high eight earned runs, matched his career high with six walks and gave up seven hits in 2 2/3 innings.

The last A’s starter to allow eight or more earned runs and walk at least six batters was Rich Harden with eight earned runs and seven walks at Boston on Aug. 21, 2003, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

Oakland surrendered its second-most runs of the season – also giving up 13 at Atlanta on June 8 – behind a 14-4 loss at Minnesota on May 18.

The A’s sent right-hander Frankie Montas to the Yankees at the trade deadline along with closer Lou Trivino, but Montas isn’t slated to pitch during this four-game series.

“Frankie came through. He looks a couple years younger,” quipped Oakland manager Mark Kotsay, sad not to face off against the pitcher.

NEUSE’S NIGHT

Neuse recorded the final five outs to become the first A’s position player to throw more than one inning since Mark Wagner worked 1 2/3 innings on Aug. 20, 1984.

Neuse tossed a scoreless inning June 22 against Seattle.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: All-Star LHP Nestor Cortes went on the 15-day injured list with a strained left groin. The move was retroactive to Monday. The 27-year-old Cuban is 9-4 with a 2.68 ERA over 23 starts and a career-best 131 innings this season. He is 0-1 over four starts this month. … LHP reliever Zack Britton will make another rehab appearance Saturday as he ramps up his throwing program following Tommy John surgery. He pitched Wednesday for the first time after an 11-month absence, facing two batters for the Class A Tampa Tarpons against the Clearwater Threshers. … RHP Miguel Castro (strained pitching shoulder) is less than a week into his rehab throwing program and yet to go off a mound. … Clay Holmes (left lower back spasm)

Athletics: CF Ramon Laureano took live batting practice as he works back from a strained left oblique. Kotsay doesn’t expect Laureano to go on a rehab assignment before being activated.

ROSTER MOVES

New York transferred outfielder Harrison Bader to the 60-day injured list with plantar fasciitis in his right foot.

UP NEXT

RHP Gerrit Cole (9-6, 3.41 ERA) seeks to reach double-digit wins for the eighth time in his career when he pitches Friday night. He is mired in a six-start winless stretch during which he’s 0-4 since beating Boston on July 17.

New York will face a former Yankee for the second straight game when LHP JP Sears (5-0, 1.93) pitches against his former team for the first time since joining Oakland in the Montas-Trivino trade.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.