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A-Rod stuck at 499, Royals quiet Yankees with shutout

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Alex Rodriguez stayed put at 499 homers. None of his Yankees teammates came up with a big hit, either.

Jorge De La Rosa repeatedly pitched out of trouble, and the Kansas City Royals teed off on Kei Igawa in a 7-0 victory Thursday night that stopped New York's winning streak at six.

Rodriguez was hitless in three at-bats against De La Rosa, who gave up his 400th home run on May 8, 2005, while pitching for Milwaukee. A-Rod drew an intentional walk in the first, flied out leading off the fourth and was hit by a pitch in the fifth.

He grounded out against Zack Greinke in the eighth.

But thanks to a provision in baseball's rulebook, his 0-for-2 night might not matter.

On Friday, Rodriguez's 32nd birthday, he will be on deck when the Yankees resume a suspended game against the Orioles in the eighth inning. If he homers in the completion of the suspended game, it would count as being hit on June 28, when the contest began. That would make be home run No. 493 -- and his homer off Gil Meche on Wednesday night would become No. 500.

A-Rod would surpass Jimmie Foxx (32 years, 338 days) as the youngest player to reach 500 homers and would be the 22nd to reach the mark.

Rodriguez said he doubted the decision by Royals manager Buddy Bell to walk him was based on his pursuit of 500 homers.

"Buddy Bell's a great baseball man, and he wants to win a game," Rodriguez said. "He thought the best way to win the game was to put me on base. It had zero percent to do with 500 home runs. Zero."

Alex Gordon homered, tripled and doubled, and Tony Pena Jr. and Mark Grudzielanek also tripled for Kansas City, which had lost the first three games of the four-game series.

New York went 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position -- hot-hitting Hideki Matsui stranded runners at second and third when he hit an inning-ending popup in the first, then left the bases loaded when he grounded out to end the fifth.

"We just couldn't get a hit when we needed to," manager Joe Torre said. "You know that's going to happen from time to time, and tonight was that time."

New York, which lost for only the third time in 14 games, dropped 7½ games back of AL East-leading Boston but remained 4½ games behind Cleveland, the AL wild-card leader. And after getting 84 hits in their five previous games, the Yankees were held to six.

"We had a couple of opportunities where we hit the ball well, but we hit it right to some people," said Derek Jeter, who was 0-for-4 and struck out twice. "They made some good defensive plays, and (De La Rosa) threw the ball well."

De La Rosa (8-10) won for the first time in three starts since July 8, allowing six hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings with five strikeouts.

"We're never sure which Jorge is going to show up," Bell said. "Tonight he was outstanding. He got most of his pitches over, and he got some big outs early in the game."

Six of the Royals' seven extra-base hits came against Igawa (2-3), the Yankees' $46 million bust. He gave up five runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings, his ERA rising to 6.79. Igawa is winless since April 28, and with New York off on Monday -- and able to skip Igawa's next turn in the rotation -- it appears likely he will be sent back to the minors soon and replaced by 21-year-old rookie Phil Hughes, who has been impressive during a rehab assignment.

"He's missing some spots," Torre said of Igawa. "His stuff was good, but he still needs to command it. I still think he's going forward."

Kansas City went up 4-0 with four hits -- all for extra bases -- in the second inning.

With one out, Gordon doubled and scored on Pena's triple. After Esteban German walked with two outs, David DeJesus doubled to make it 3-0 and scored on Grudzielanek's triple.

It was the Royals' first inning with two three-base hits since Sept. 14, 2005, when Angel Berroa and Andres Blanco tripled in the sixth inning off Freddy Garcia of the Chicago White Sox.

Kansas City made it 5-0 in the sixth, when Gordon tripled with two outs and scored on Pena's double that chased Igawa. Billy Butler hit an RBI double off Sean Henn.

The Royals' previous three-triple game was June 7, 2005, at San Francisco.

Notes

  • C Jose Molina, acquired from the Angels on Saturday, was 2-for-4 in his Yankees debut. He doubled and singled in his first two at-bats, then grounded into an inning-ending double play in the sixth. ... New York has played four four-game series since the All-Star break and has gone 3-1 in all four.
  • DeJesus was hit twice by pitches, one from Igawa and one from Henn. The Royals have been hit by pitches 61 times this season, most in the majors.
  • It was the sixth time the Yankees were shut out, the first since June 30 against Oakland. Kansas City's only other shutout win was 1-0 at the Angels on June 27.
  • Pena's eighth-inning walk was his first since May 5, ending a string of 244 plate appearances without one.
 
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Luck just isn't on Alex Rodriguez's side Thursday. He fails to tab No. 500 and also gets hit by a pitch.  (AP)
Luck just isn't on Alex Rodriguez's side Thursday. He fails to tab No. 500 and also gets hit by a pitch. (AP)

Players of the Game
Kansas City

A. Gordon
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
Kansas City

T. Pena
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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New York Yankees
Melky Cabrera, CF4020001 .282
Derek Jeter, SS4000024 .333
Bobby Abreu, RF4000024 .272
Alex Rodriguez, 3B2000100 .309
Hideki Matsui, LF4010005 .290
Andy Phillips, 1B4010010 .300
Robinson Cano, 2B4000000 .296
Shelley Duncan, DH3000112 .250
Jose Molina, C4020001 .233
Totals3306026  
Batting
2B - Melky Cabrera (12, De La Rosa), Jose Molina (9, De La Rosa)
SB - Alex Rodriguez (11, 2nd base off De La Rosa/LaRue)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Cano-Jeter-Phillips
New York Yankees
Kei Igawa (L,2-3) 5.2755250 6.79
Brian Bruney 0.1000000 3.20
Sean Henn 2322211 4.63
HBP - DeJesus (by Kei Igawa), DeJesus (by Sean Henn)
WP - Kei Igawa (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Kei Igawa 102-67, Brian Bruney 3-2, Sean Henn 48-29
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kei Igawa 5-6, Brian Bruney 1-0, Sean Henn 2-3
Batters Faced - Kei Igawa 26, Brian Bruney 1, Sean Henn 12
Kansas City Royals
Esteban German, 3B3100100 .280
    Ross Gload, 1B1010000 .284
David DeJesus, CF3212001 .275
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B4011113 .301
Billy Butler, DH3011101 .311
Reggie Sanders, RF4000014 .314
Emil Brown, LF4010012 .226
Alex Gordon, 1B-3B4331001 .245
Tony Pena, SS3122111 .282
Jason LaRue, C4000024 .161
Totals33710746  
Batting
2B - David DeJesus (22, Igawa), Billy Butler (10, Henn), Alex Gordon (20, Igawa), Tony Pena (18, Igawa)
3B - Mark Grudzielanek (2, Igawa), Alex Gordon (3, Igawa), Tony Pena (6, Igawa)
HR - Alex Gordon (7, Henn)
RBI - David DeJesus 2 (39), Mark Grudzielanek (33), Billy Butler (27), Alex Gordon (34), Tony Pena 2 (33)
2-OUT RBI - David DeJesus 2 (17), Mark Grudzielanek (14), Tony Pena (12)
CS - Emil Brown (1, 2nd base by Igawa/Molina)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Pena-Grudzielanek-Gordon
E - Esteban German (6, Throwing)
Kansas City Royals
Jorge De La Rosa (W,8-10) 5.1600250 5.35
Zack Greinke (H,9) 2.2000010 4.38
Joakim Soria 1000000 2.28
IBB - Rodriguez by Jorge De La Rosa
HBP - Rodriguez (by Jorge De La Rosa)
Pitches-Strikes - Jorge De La Rosa 96-56, Zack Greinke 25-18, Joakim Soria 14-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge De La Rosa 8-4, Zack Greinke 3-3, Joakim Soria 2-1
Batters Faced - Jorge De La Rosa 26, Zack Greinke 7, Joakim Soria 3
Game Information
Attendance - 37036
Game Time - 3:08
Temperature - 89
Umpires - Home - Jim Wolf, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Tim Tschida, Third Base - Todd Tichenor