Yankees smash Cahill again in 11-5 rout of Oakland

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York Yankees continued their mastery of pitcher Trevor Cahill, pounding the young ace in an 11-5 rout over the Oakland Athletics on Monday.

Having defeated Cahill in their last meeting on July 6, New York again battered the right-hander for eight runs in four innings.

Marcus Thames blasted a three-run home run in the fifth where the Yankees scored five times to build an 11-4 advantage.

Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano both recorded three hits and a homer each as New York (81-50) stayed level with the Tampa Bay Rays at the top of the American League East.

Having emerged as the top starter for Oakland (65-65), 22-year-old Cahill (14-6) has been impressive against nearly every team except the Yankees, who tagged him for six runs in as many innings last month.

(Reporting by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Patrick Johnston)