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Yankees' bat come alive, pound on lowly Royals

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- Jason Giambi was the American League Player of the Month when he batted .355 with 24 RBI in July. In August, he found himself locked in slumps of 0-for-21 and 4-for-38.

Same guy, same swing, different results.

The good Giambi made an appearance Sunday with two home runs and a single, driving in seven runs in the New York Yankees' 10-3 victory over Kansas City. The spurt pushed Giambi past two personal milestones -- 1,500 hits and 1,000 RBI.

That was news to him, delivered by manager Joe Torre.

"I really didn't know (about the milestones)," Giambi said. "Actually, Joe's the one who congratulated me. I said `For what? I know I haven't had a hit for a while."'

When Giambi hit the first homer, Torre wasn't surprised to see the second.

"Normally, power hitters hit them in bunches," the manager said. "His swing is compact at this point in time. I look forward to tomorrow to see where he hits it."

Giambi said his left elbow, diagnosed with tendinitis, felt better.

"I feel like I've got my bat speed back," he said.

Giambi's first homer in the third inning was a three-run shot. He followed that with a two-run homer in the fifth and a two-run single in the sixth. Bernie Williams drove in the other three Yankee runs with a pair of singles.

Both of Giambi's homers came against Zack Greinke (3-16), who lost for the fifth straight time. His 16 losses are the most for any pitcher in the majors.

"Sometimes, I think I do decent, but it will just find a way to happen," Greinke said. "Even if I pitch about as I good as I have pitched, they'll find a way, some way to score runs and win the game when I'm pitching.

"Today I didn't really give us a chance. They've got some great hitters and early on they were hitting my pitches pretty much, but later in the game I was messing up."

Manager Buddy Bell said it was not one of Greinke's better starts.

"His location really wasn't very good and it's a tough lineup," Bell said. "Especially when they're swinging the bats like they are, it's tough to deal with, and when you don't have your best stuff you're going to struggle a little bit."

Giambi's two homers gave him 23 for the season. It was his sixth multihomer game of the season and the 29th of his career.

Al Leiter (4-3) earned his third straight win, limiting the Royals to two hits in six innings. He struck out six, walked three and threw 112 pitches after reaching 75 after three innings.

"I look at this as a second life," Leiter said. "Every game feels like an event. Every pitch matters. I need that. It elevates your aggressiveness."

The Yankees jumped in front in the first inning when they loaded the bases on walks to Hideki Matsui and Giambi sandwiched around a single by Gary Sheffield. Williams then bounced a two-out, two-strike single into right field, scoring Matsui and Sheffield.

The Royals picked up a run in the third but could have had more after Denny Hocking opened with a walk and Joe McEwing doubled. After David DeJesus' run-scoring groundout, Leiter walked Chip Ambres and Mike Sweeney to load the bases.

Leiter recovered to get Emil Brown and Terrence Long, ending the inning. He then retired nine of the next 10 batters.

Sweeney hit his 19th homer, a two-run shot in the eighth.

Notes

  • Attendance was 54,951, the 38th sellout in 68 home dates for the Yankees.
  • Williams' three RBI gave him 20 in the last 16 games.
  • Leiter struck out the side in the second inning.
  • Greinke's last win was July 19 at Cleveland.
  • Derek Jeter had three hits.
  • Robinson Cano made a baserunning blunder in the second when he walked off second base, thinking he had been called out on an attempted force play, and then was thrown out to complete an odd double play.
 
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Jason Giambi gets love from teammates after blasting his first of two home runs.  (AP)
Jason Giambi gets love from teammates after blasting his first of two home runs. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

J. Giambi
AB 3
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 7
New York

A. Leiter
IP 6.0
H 2
ER 1
BB 4
K 6
 

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Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, CF3011000 .293
   a- Aaron Guiel, PH-CF2000002 .111
Chip Ambres, LF3100212 .263
Mike Sweeney, 1B3112101 .300
Emil Brown, DH3000114 .281
Terrence Long, RF4000014 .276
Angel Berroa, SS1000010 .262
    Mark Teahen, 3B3010011 .231
John Buck, C4000021 .220
Denny Hocking, 2B2110200 .250
Joe McEwing, 3B-SS4010002 .241
Totals323536717 
a-flied out for DeJesus in the 7th
Batting
2B - Mark Teahen (21, Embree), Joe McEwing (6, Leiter)
HR - Mike Sweeney (19, Sturtze)
RBI - David DeJesus (56), Mike Sweeney 2 (69)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Hocking-Berroa-Sweeney
Kansas City Royals
Zack Greinke (L,3-16) 4.21077322 6.28
Jeremy Affeldt 1.1433100 5.45
Jonah Bayliss 1100000 4.63
Jimmy Gobble 1000010 6.75
IBB - Rodriguez by Jeremy Affeldt
Pitches-Strikes - Zack Greinke 93-57, Jeremy Affeldt 30-19, Jonah Bayliss 26-16, Jimmy Gobble 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Greinke 7-4, Jimmy Gobble 1-1
Batters Faced - Zack Greinke 26, Jeremy Affeldt 9, Jonah Bayliss 4, Jimmy Gobble 3
New York Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS5130001 .315
Hideki Matsui, CF4210102 .301
    Felix Escalona, 3B0000000 .250
Gary Sheffield, RF5220013 .297
Alex Rodriguez, 3B3320102 .318
    Bubba Crosby, CF1000000 .209
Jason Giambi, 1B3237100 .273
    Tino Martinez, 1B1000010 .245
Bernie Williams, DH5023000 .259
Matt Lawton, LF3000104 .266
Jorge Posada, C4010012 .251
Robinson Cano, 2B4010002 .271
Totals381015104316 
Batting
2B - Hideki Matsui (34, Affeldt), Jorge Posada (16, Greinke)
HR - Jason Giambi 2 (23, Greinke, Greinke)
RBI - Jason Giambi 7 (60), Bernie Williams 3 (59)
2-OUT RBI - Bernie Williams 2 (32)
Team LOB - 8
New York Yankees
Al Leiter (W,7-10) 6211460 5.75
Tanyon Sturtze 1.1122211 4.30
Alan Embree 0.2100000 7.04
Felix Rodriguez 1100000 4.38
Pitches-Strikes - Al Leiter 112-64, Tanyon Sturtze 37-21, Alan Embree 17-11, Felix Rodriguez 24-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Al Leiter 5-7, Felix Rodriguez 1-2
Batters Faced - Al Leiter 24, Tanyon Sturtze 7, Alan Embree 3, Felix Rodriguez 4
Game Information
Attendance - 54951
Game Time - 3:23
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Mike DiMuro, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - Joe West