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 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.