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Royals jump on Mitre, keep A-Rod stuck on 599

CBSSports.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- The last thing that Kyle Davies wanted to do was allow another milestone home run to Alex Rodriguez.

That's why the Kansas City pitcher could smile while standing in front of his locker on Saturday, despite giving up two homers to Mark Teixeira and another to Jorge Posada. After all, he kept Rodriguez in the park and pitched the Royals to a 7-4 win over the New York Yankees.

Royals at Yankees

"It's almost like I learned from before," said Davies, who gave up A-Rod's 500th home run and wasn't about to let him hit No. 600. "I just tried to make the best pitches I could."

Davies (5-6) also kept the rest of the hot-hitting Yankees in check on a sweltering day in the Bronx. He survived 5 1/3 innings to win for the first time since May 28, giving Kansas City just its sixth win at Yankee Stadium in 33 tries.

"He really pitched well the first few innings and was cruising, then he gave up the home runs," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "He was really fighting it from there."

The Kansas City bullpen picked him up, though.

Kyle Farnsworth, Robinson Tejeda and Joakim Soria kept the Yankees off the scoreboard the rest of the way, with Soria surviving a shaky ninth for his 27th save. He put runners on first and second with two outs before getting Teixeira on a groundout to end the game -- although replays showed he may have beaten Yuniesky Betancourt's throw to first base.

"I was safe," Teixeira said flatly. "But there's nothing you can do about it."

The game was paused for a moment before each of A-Rod's at-bats so that plate umpire Mike Reilly could change out the balls for specially marked ones. A sellout crowd of 48,138 roared every time Rodriguez stepped to the plate, then sighed when the ball stayed in the yard.

"The fans have been so great. Everyone wants it so badly here at home," A-Rod said. "But I have to stay within myself, hit it the other way, try to stay comfortable."

Rodriguez finished 1 for 4 and remained on 599 home runs for the second straight day.

"Davies did his part to relive the moment. He kept challenging me. He kept pumping those fastballs in there," Rodriguez said, smiling. "I love that guy!"

Afterward, Davies recalled asking for a signed ball from Rodriguez following his 500th homer on Aug. 4, 2007. A-Rod sent back a signed bat that read, "Thanks for being a good sport."

"With big hitters in the lineup like Teixeira, Alex, you have to keep the ball down," Davies said. "I did a pretty good job with Alex, not quite as good with Teixeira."

The temperature was 89 degrees at first pitch, though unofficial readings on the field put it well into triple digits by the third inning. Players paraded to dugout water coolers each half inning, the umpire crew gratefully accepted drinks from the bat boys, and fans clamored for shade under the overhangs at Yankee Stadium.

Sergio Mitre (0-2) came off the disabled list to fill in for Andy Pettitte, who went on the DL earlier in the week with a groin injury, and made his first start for New York since May 16.

The rust showed from the opening batter, when Scott Podsednik led off with a single and Jason Kendall got plunked by a pitch. A double steal put runners on second and third, and Billy Butler grounded to Rodriguez at third. His throw home was wide and Posada lost control of the ball while trying to apply the tag, giving the Royals a 1-0 lead.

Jose Guillen hit a sacrifice fly later in the inning, and the Royals added another run in the third when Butler singled to left and Kendall scampered home from second. Three more scored in the fourth on Rick Ankiel's two-run double and Podsednik's RBI single, making it 6-0.

Teixeira hit his first homer leading off the fourth, and Posada went deep moments later, but the Royals immediately got one back in the fifth when Guillen homered to left.

Teixeira added his second homer, a two-run shot to right, with two outs in the fifth. It was his third multihomer game this season and the 28th of his career, and left Yankees manager Joe Girardi optimistic that the first baseman is finally heating up.

"He's too good a hitter not to hit," Girardi said.

Notes

  • Yankees OF Brett Gardner was out of the starting lineup after a quick hospital trip Saturday morning because of acid reflux. He's expected back Sunday. OF Nick Swisher (left Achilles' tendon) was also out of the starting lineup but flew out as a pinch hitter in the eighth.
  • The Yankees optioned RHP Jonathan Albaladejo to make room for Mitre.
  • Royals RHP Luke Hochevar (right elbow sprain) began light throwing Saturday.
  • The game was played on the 27th anniversary of the "pine-tar" game involving the Royals Hall of Famer George Brett.
 
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Safe! Jorge Posada is unable to hold onto the ball as Scott Podsednik slides home in the first inning.  (Getty Images)
Safe! Jorge Posada is unable to hold onto the ball as Scott Podsednik slides home in the first inning. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Kansas City

S. Podsednik
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
New York

M. Teixeira
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 3
 

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Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Scott Podsednik, LF5131000 .305
Jason Kendall, C4210012 .275
Billy Butler, 1B4011000 .315
Jose Guillen, RF3112011 .276
    Mitch Maier, RF0000000 .251
Alex Gordon, DH3100101 .158
Wilson Betemit, 3B3110100 .382
Rick Ankiel, CF4112001 .208
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4000001 .257
Chris Getz, 2B4000001 .225
Totals3478622  
Batting
2B - Wilson Betemit (8, Mitre), Rick Ankiel (6, Mitre)
HR - Jose Guillen (16, Mitre)
SF - Jose Guillen (4)
RBI - Scott Podsednik (39), Billy Butler (49), Jose Guillen 2 (59), Rick Ankiel 2 (11)
2-OUT RBI - Scott Podsednik (15), Billy Butler (19)
SB - Scott Podsednik (29, 3rd base off Mitre/Posada), Jason Kendall 2 (9, 2nd base off Mitre/Posada, 2nd base off Mitre/Posada)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Betancourt-Getz-Butler, Getz-Betancourt-Butler
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kyle Davies (W,5-6) 5.1744333 5.52
Kyle Farnsworth (H,6) 0.2000120 2.38
Robinson Tejeda (H,7) 2100020 3.18
Joakim Soria (S,27) 1100110 2.25
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Davies 84-44, Kyle Farnsworth 15-8, Robinson Tejeda 33-23, Joakim Soria 22-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Davies 8-3, Robinson Tejeda 2-2, Joakim Soria 2-0
Batters Faced - Kyle Davies 24, Kyle Farnsworth 3, Robinson Tejeda 7, Joakim Soria 5
New York Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Derek Jeter, DH5020001 .273
Curtis Granderson, CF3110211 .240
Mark Teixeira, 1B5223024 .261
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4010002 .277
Robinson Cano, 2B4000011 .331
Jorge Posada, C3111110 .274
Marcus Thames, RF2010111 .293
   a- Nick Swisher, PH-RF1000000 .302
Colin Curtis, LF3000102 .265
Ramiro Pena, SS3010012 .198
   b- Juan Miranda, PH1000010 .224
Totals3449458  
a-flied out for Thames in the 8th
b-struck out for Pena in the 9th
Batting
2B - Derek Jeter (18, Soria), Curtis Granderson (10, Davies)
HR - Mark Teixeira 2 (20, Davies, Davies), Jorge Posada (12, Davies)
RBI - Mark Teixeira 3 (69), Jorge Posada (38)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Teixeira 2 (26), Jorge Posada (12)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Cano-Pena-Teixeira
E - Jorge Posada (5, Missed catch of throw)
New York Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Sergio Mitre (L,0-2) 4.1775111 3.99
Dustin Moseley 4.2100110 4.22
HBP - Kendall (by Sergio Mitre)
Pitches-Strikes - Sergio Mitre 72-43, Dustin Moseley 53-35
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sergio Mitre 10-2, Dustin Moseley 7-6
Batters Faced - Sergio Mitre 22, Dustin Moseley 16
Game Information
Attendance - 48138
Game Time - 2:53
Temperature - 89
Umpires - Home - Mike Reilly, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Bill Miller