Kansas City at New York

Kansas City
N.Y. Yankees
W: Y. Yabuta (1-0) L: M. Rivera (2-2)
S: J. Soria (14)
HR: KC - M. Olivo (8), J. Guillen (11)   NYY - A. Rodriguez (10)

Royals' Guillen caps dominant series with deciding homer off Rivera

CBSSports.com wire reports

NEW YORK -- Jose Guillen sauntered over to his locker after his postgame shower Monday and waved a towel up and down in front of him, eagerly soaking in the cool air of the clubhouse.

Good luck, Jose. Tough to cool down after this series.

Guillen finished off a terrific stretch against the New York Yankees in style, hitting a tiebreaking solo home run off Mariano Rivera in the ninth inning to lift the Kansas City Royals to a 3-2 win.

"That's a tough one. That's the last guy I want to face coming into the ninth inning," Guillen said. "I was hoping it was somebody else. ... I was just kind of realizing he's going to come with that cutter and I guessed pretty good right there."

Guillen went deep on an 0-2 pitch from Rivera (2-2), pumping his right arm as he watched the ball sail over the fence while rounding first base. Rivera turned around and shouted several times after the drive -- a rare show of emotion for the longtime closer.

"You make your pitches, you are able to get him out," said Rivera, who also surrendered a tiebreaking homer to David DeJesus on Saturday. "I didn't make my pitches."

It was Guillen's 11th homer of the season and fourth in the past three games. He went 9-for-16 in the four-game series with four homers and 10 RBI, and also scored six runs to help the Royals gain a split. The mercurial outfielder even threw out two runners in Saturday's 12-11 loss to New York.

"That's as good a series as I've seen a player have, especially in the setting that it happened," Royals manager Trey Hillman said. "He's worked hard to get where he is."

The Yankees loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth, and Melky Cabrera hit a trickler up the line. First baseman Mark Teahen quickly scooped the ball and neatly tossed to reliever Joakim Soria covering the bag for the final out.

"Melky is a fast runner," Soria said. "I just tried to run as fast as I can."

Yasuhiko Yabuta (1-0) induced Bobby Abreu to ground out with runners on first and second to end the eighth and earn his first major league win.

Soria recorded his 14th save. In his previous appearance, he blew his first save opportunity of the season against New York on Saturday.

"We had a shot again," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We kept battling."

Kansas City received a nice effort from Luke Hochevar and won for only the fourth time in 21 games. The Royals also improved to 5-29 at Yankee Stadium since the start of the 2000 season.

Mike Mussina, bidding to become the first 10-game winner in the AL, yielded two runs and seven hits over eight innings in his longest outing since he tossed a complete game in a win at Detroit on May 31, 2006. He is 8-1 with a 3.11 ERA in his past 10 starts.

"I haven't been eight innings for a long time but it felt pretty good today," Mussina said.

Mussina was working on a three-hit shutout when Guillen doubled with one out in the seventh. Alex Gordon flied out but Miguel Olivo hit the next pitch over the wall in left for his eighth homer of the season.

Kansas City put runners on second and third later in the inning but Mussina retired Joey Gathright on a grounder to third for the final out.

New York bounced back quickly. Abreu led off the bottom half with a double and Alex Rodriguez followed with a long drive to left to chase Hochevar and tie it at 2. It was Rodriguez's 10th homer of the season.

Hochevar, the top overall selection in the 2006 draft, retired 14 in a row after leadoff hitter Johnny Damon beat out a grounder for an infield single in the first.

"That was all that I was concerned with was executing one pitch at a time," said Hochevar, who struck out four and allowed four hits in his first career appearance at Yankee Stadium.

The gametime temperature was 94 degrees, and the crowd of 53,633 used fans, towels and umbrellas to stay cool.

There was a loud cheer in the fifth inning when a cloud moved in front of the afternoon sun. A few moments later, the cloud moved along and there were a smattering of boos when sunshine spread across the stadium again.


  • Yankees RHP Ian Kennedy, on the DL with a strained muscle near his right rib cage and bursitis in his right shoulder blade, threw about 30 pitches in a bullpen session and was scheduled to travel to the team's facility in Tampa, Fla., to continue his rehab. "It was a very average bullpen but it felt good," said Kennedy, who threw all fastballs and changeups.
  • Kansas City returns home to open a three-game series against the Texas Rangers beginning Tuesday night.
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Jose Guillen is congratulated after hitting his tiebreaking solo blast off Mariano Rivera.  (AP)
Jose Guillen is congratulated after hitting his tiebreaking solo blast off Mariano Rivera. (AP)

Players of the Game
Kansas City

J. Guillen
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
New York

A. Rodriguez
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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David DeJesus, LF4000001 .298
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B4000011 .287
Mark Teahen, 1B4000010 .249
Jose Guillen, RF4221000 .269
Alex Gordon, 3B4010011 .263
Miguel Olivo, DH4122010 .289
John Buck, C4010011 .252
Mike Aviles, SS3020000 .294
    Tony Pena, SS0000000 .155
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2B - Jose Guillen (21, Mussina), Mike Aviles (3, Mussina)
HR - Jose Guillen (11, M. Rivera), Miguel Olivo (8, Mussina)
SH - Joey Gathright (7)
RBI - Jose Guillen (48), Miguel Olivo 2 (25)
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Team LOB - 4
E - Jose Guillen (2, Misplayed grounder)
Kansas City Royals
Luke Hochevar 6422041 4.91
Ramon Ramirez 1.2100120 3.30
Yasuhiko Yabuta (W,1-0) 0.1000000 4.91
Joakim Soria (S,14) 1100110 1.61
HBP - Moeller (by Joakim Soria)
Pitches-Strikes - Luke Hochevar 87-56, Ramon Ramirez 29-16, Yasuhiko Yabuta 7-4, Joakim Soria 18-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Luke Hochevar 7-7, Ramon Ramirez 2-1, Yasuhiko Yabuta 1-0, Joakim Soria 1-1
Batters Faced - Luke Hochevar 22, Ramon Ramirez 7, Yasuhiko Yabuta 1, Joakim Soria 6
New York Yankees
Johnny Damon, LF4010011 .326
Derek Jeter, SS3000101 .276
Bobby Abreu, RF4110013 .289
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4122011 .317
Hideki Matsui, DH4000001 .323
Jason Giambi, 1B3000110 .254
    Wilson Betemit, PR0000000 .240
Robinson Cano, 2B4010012 .231
Jose Molina, C2000011 .217
   a- Jorge Posada, PH1010000 .311
    Chad Moeller, PR-C0000000 .254
Melky Cabrera, CF3000013 .270
a-singled for Molina in the 8th
2B - Bobby Abreu (14, Hochevar)
HR - Alex Rodriguez (10, Hochevar)
SH - Melky Cabrera (3)
RBI - Alex Rodriguez 2 (31)
SB - Johnny Damon (11, 2nd base off Hochevar/Buck)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Cano-Jeter-Giambi
New York Yankees
Mike Mussina 8722031 3.82
Mariano Rivera (L,2-2) 1111021 0.93
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Mussina 89-65, Mariano Rivera 13-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Mussina 11-9, Mariano Rivera 1-0
Batters Faced - Mike Mussina 30, Mariano Rivera 4
Game Information
Attendance - 53633
Game Time - 2:47
Temperature - 94
Umpires - Home - Chris Tiller, First Base - Ed Montague, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi