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Griffin shuts down Yanks, Rosales homers for A's

  • Oakland Athletics starting pitcher A.J. Griffin fields a bunt single by New York Yankees' Brett Gardner during the eight inning of a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Friday, May 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

NEW YORK — A.J. Griffin showed his Oakland teammates before facing the Yankees that he's quite an entertaining guitarist. Then he went out and reminded everyone he's a pretty good pitcher, too.

Griffin pitched six-hit ball into the eighth inning Friday night and Adam Rosales homered on CC Sabathia's first pitch, leading the Athletics to a 2-0 victory over New York.

"He's pretty much a free spirit," manager Bob Melvin of Griffin.

Derek Norris hit an RBI single in the sixth inning to help Oakland open its 10-game road trip with its fourth win in five games.

Griffin (3-2) serenaded his teammates in the visiting clubhouse with guitar and song in English, Spanish and French before preparing for his sixth start of the season.

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