Kansas City at New York

Kansas City
N.Y. Yankees
W: C. Wang (5-2) L: J. Affeldt (2-5)
HR: KC - None   NYY - A. Rodriguez (12), K. Stinnett (1), A. Rodriguez (13)

Rodriguez, Yankees feast off Kansas City pitching

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez has found his rhythm, and he helped the Yankees get back in step on Saturday.

Rodriguez homered twice, Kelly Stinnett drove in four runs and the New York Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals 15-4.

"Alex has been hot lately and I'm just happy for him," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "I know what it means to him and it's helping us win games."

Rodriguez, the reigning AL MVP, went 2-for-3, scored four runs and is 9-for-19 (.474) in his last five games. He said he started to develop a good rhythm at the plate during the Yankees' three-game series at Boston, and it has carried over to the homestand.

"My swing for the most part has always been pretty sound," he said. "It's just a matter of going out and relaxing and not trying to do too much."

He didn't have to do much against the Royals, thanks to some unlikely offense from the bottom third of the Yankees' batting order. Miguel Cairo and Melky Cabrera had three RBI apiece, and Stinnett hit a three-run homer and a run-scoring single.

"I'm a backup catcher and I accept that role but I want to go out there on the offensive side and pull my weight," Stinnett said. "Today I was able to keep my hands inside the ball and get some good swings."

Cairo tied a career high with four hits for the Yankees, who jumped out to an 8-0 lead after three innings.

Tony Graffanino had two hits and drove in a run for Kansas City, which beat the Yankees 7-6 Friday night to snap a 13-game losing streak but has had little success in New York otherwise. The Yankees have won 15 of their last 16 games against Kansas City at Yankee Stadium.

They jumped on Royals starter Jeremy Affeldt early. Cairo, Cabrera and Stinnett had consecutive run-scoring singles in the second inning to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead. Rodriguez hit a two-run homer in New York's five-run third.

Affeldt (2-5) gave up 11 hits and 10 runs in 5 1/3 innings. He walked two and didn't strike out a batter. He has allowed 23 runs and 25 hits in his last 17 1/3 innings.

"How do I sum it up: terrible," Affeldt said. "I'm up in the zone. I'm not consistent. I just don't feel good out there. It's getting kind of old. I've got to figure it out quick. Especially the last two games I buried us before we could even get out of the gate."

Rodriguez led off the fifth with his 13th homer to make it 9-2. It was Rodriguez's first multihomer game of the season and the 41st of his career. He also moved into a tie with Dave Kingman for 33rd place on baseball's career list with 442 homers.

Yankees starter Chien-Ming Wang (5-2) set down his first 11 batters before Doug Mientkiewicz doubled with two outs in the fourth. He worked seven innings, allowing four runs and four hits. He struck out three and didn't walk a batter.

Matt Stairs had an RBI double and scored on Graffanino's single in the sixth to cut the Yankees' lead to 9-4. But Wang struck out Aaron Guiel with Graffanino on first to end the inning.

"He threw first-pitch strikes and we were hitting behind in the count," said Matt Stairs, who doubled and scored for Kansas City. "I thought we had a good approach against him the second and third time around."

New York then scored six runs in the bottom half. Cairo and Cabrera each had a two-run double in the inning.

Cairo, Cabrera and Stinnett combined to go 9-for-13 with 10 RBI.

"It's good for guys who don't always get a lot of attention to help us," Torre said. "I thought it was really great. The guys at the top of the order actually had good at-bats but didn't get the results They kept hitting the ball hard at someone."


  • Kansas City hasn't won consecutive games at Yankee Stadium since Aug. 18-19, 1999.
  • Lefty-hitting 2B Robinson Cano got the day off with LHP Affeldt starting for the Royals. Torre also wanted to get some at-bats for Cairo.
  • RHP Jaret Wright will take his turn in the rotation on Sunday. There was some concern he would have to be pushed back or miss a start after tweaking his groin in Tuesday's 7-5 win over the Boston Red Sox, but Torre said Wright felt fine during his bullpen session Friday.
Copyright 2017 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
Conversation powered by Livefyre
Alex Rodriguez hits the first of his two homers on Saturday, which brings his season total to 13.  (AP)
Alex Rodriguez hits the first of his two homers on Saturday, which brings his season total to 13. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

K. Stinnett
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
New York

M. Cairo
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 0

Related Video

Kansas City Royals
Shane Costa, CF5000003 .278
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B2000000 .313
    Esteban German, 2B-3B1000100 .392
Doug Mientkiewicz, 1B4010011 .248
Emil Brown, LF4110012 .242
Matt Stairs, DH4111011 .238
Tony Graffanino, 3B3121000 .257
    Andres Blanco, 2B1000000 .143
Aaron Guiel, RF4121011 .217
Angel Berroa, SS4011002 .248
John Buck, C4000013 .245
2B - Doug Mientkiewicz (11, Wang), Matt Stairs (6, Wang), Tony Graffanino (6, Wang), Aaron Guiel (3, Wang), Angel Berroa (10, Wang)
RBI - Matt Stairs (14), Tony Graffanino (14), Aaron Guiel (7), Angel Berroa (18)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Stairs (4), Tony Graffanino (5)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Berroa-German-Mientkiewicz
Kansas City Royals
Jeremy Affeldt (L,2-5) 5.1111010203 7.80
Mike Wood 0.2455200 5.04
Joe Nelson 2100030 1.13
IBB - Rodriguez by Mike Wood
WP - Mike Wood (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Affeldt 100-54, Mike Wood 32-15, Joe Nelson 29-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Affeldt 9-6, Mike Wood 1-1, Joe Nelson 2-1
Batters Faced - Jeremy Affeldt 28, Mike Wood 8, Joe Nelson 7
New York Yankees
Johnny Damon, CF5000012 .280
Derek Jeter, SS5111002 .349
Gary Sheffield, DH5110010 .304
Jason Giambi, 1B3110100 .267
    Andy Phillips, PR-1B1110000 .212
Alex Rodriguez, 3B3423211 .291
Bernie Williams, RF3210103 .264
    Terrence Long, RF1000001 .214
Miguel Cairo, 2B5243001 .267
Melky Cabrera, LF4123002 .313
Kelly Stinnett, C4234001 .213
2B - Andy Phillips (3, Nelson), Miguel Cairo (4, Wood), Melky Cabrera (2, Wood), Kelly Stinnett (3, Affeldt)
HR - Alex Rodriguez 2 (13, Affeldt, Affeldt), Kelly Stinnett (1, Affeldt)
RBI - Derek Jeter (36), Alex Rodriguez 3 (39), Miguel Cairo 3 (9), Melky Cabrera 3 (8), Kelly Stinnett 4 (9)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Cairo 2 (4), Melky Cabrera 2 (5), Kelly Stinnett 3 (4)
Team LOB - 4
E - Derek Jeter (5, Wild throw)
New York Yankees
Chien-Ming Wang (W,5-2) 7744030 4.50
Ron Villone 1000120 1.83
Scott Erickson 1100000 4.05
Pitches-Strikes - Chien-Ming Wang 105-68, Ron Villone 17-9, Scott Erickson 21-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chien-Ming Wang 15-3, Scott Erickson 1-3
Batters Faced - Chien-Ming Wang 28, Ron Villone 4, Scott Erickson 5
Game Information
Attendance - 54216
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Andy Fletcher, Third Base - Mike Reilly