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|N.Y. Yankees (48-41)||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||1||9||1|
"Tremendous competitor," Kansas City manager Ned Yost said of Guthrie. "He showed it today -- to endure an hour rain delay and go out and throw at the level that he threw."
"It's been tough every year I've been here to come in and get a win," Butler said. "It means a lot."
Guthrie (8-6) gave up three hits over six innings, albeit to a Yankees lineup that had only four players that were with the team on opening day.
Leading 5-1, closer Greg Holland was needed in the ninth when Lyle Overbay walked and Luis Cruz singled to start the inning against Luke Hochevar. Holland gave up a hit to Chris Stewart to load the bases. But Holland struck out Eduardo Nunez, Brett Gardner and Zoilo Almonte to end it for his 21st save.
"Holly's been lights out for us," Yost said.
Guthrie twice struck out the newest member in pinstripes, Travis Ishikawa, before Overbay homered pinch hitting for the first baseman who was claimed off waivers from Baltimore on Sunday. Overbay's 10th of the year was New York's first long ball in six games.
"Not an easy lineup to pitch, too," he said. "Obviously they have their injuries now and are missing a lot of keys so you go out there and try to attack them as best as you can."
Entering 4-9 with a 5.15 ERA against the Yankees in 17 appearances -- 15 starts -- Guthrie left with runners on first and third and two outs in the seventh. Tim Collins relieved and struck out pinch-hitter Nunez to protect a 3-1 lead.
The Yankees have lost two in a row after a season-best six straight wins.
With the sun reflecting off the windows of a building beyond center field, rain and hail sent fans scurrying for cover in the bottom of the third inning. The quick moving cloud was gone before Phil Hughes (4-8) threw his first pitch of the fourth. Hughes retired three straight with the faintest of rainbows arcing over the scoreboard, then the rain returned.
After Guthrie got an out with his 37th pitch, crew chief Dana DeMuth called for the tarp. As Singin' in the Rain blared over the PA system, the grounds crew struggled to cover the increasingly muddy infield, getting stuck halfway then pulling the huge sheet off and starting again. The biggest cheer of the night -- until Overbay's homer in the seventh -- came when the crew finished the job.
Guthrie's previous outing was delayed by rain at the start for over 2 hours, 30 minutes, then for 12 more minutes in the seventh by a power outage. He was better prepared for the break this time.
"After last game I was trying treat it a little bit different, be a little more focused," he said.
The right-hander threw every 10 to 15 minutes in the batting cage to stay warm, treating the time as if it were a game.
Guthrie completed the fourth on six pitches.
Adam Warren replaced Hughes to start the fifth. Hughes gave up two runs and four hits in his abbreviated outing.
"He had already thrown a lot and with him coming back second, it would have been an hour-and-15-minute break for him," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "I wasn't real comfortable bringing him back after an hour or so."
Hughes would've liked to stay if only because he finally felt as if he had got in a groove after the second.
"It's tough. I felt like I really found something," he said. In the third and fourth innings I felt pretty good, but that's baseball."
Passed over for the Home Run Derby last year at the All-Star game in Kansas City by AL captain Robinson Cano, Butler sent a drive the opposite way to right field leading off the second. Fans relentlessly booed Cano at Butler's home field during the competition last July. Captain of the AL home run team again this year, Cano again did not choose Butler -- the Orioles' Chris Davis and Detroit's Prince Fielder were his first two picks announced Monday. But it would be hard to object this time. Butler's long ball was only his seventh -- and he's not on the All-Star team.
An out later, Mike Moustakas lined an opposite-field double to left, and Lough made it 2-0 with a shot that just landed fair down the third base line for a double the opposite way.
Royals center fielder Jarrod Dyson helped preserve the 3-0 lead in sixth when he made a diving catch of Almonte's sinking liner in right-center with Gardner on first.
"I think the game was won with the Dyson play," Guthrie said.
Giavotella drove in a run in the seventh, and Gordon and Escobar had back-to-back RBI in the ninth.
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|Kansas City Royals|
|Alex Gordon, LF||4||1||1||1||1||1||0||.293|
|Alcides Escobar, SS||5||0||1||1||0||0||2||.246|
|Eric Hosmer, 1B||4||0||2||0||1||1||1||.286|
|Billy Butler, DH||4||1||1||1||1||0||3||.269|
|Salvador Perez, C||5||0||0||0||0||1||5||.296|
|Mike Moustakas, 3B||4||2||2||0||0||0||2||.217|
|Johnny Giavotella, 2B||4||0||1||1||0||1||3||.190|
|David Lough, RF||4||1||2||1||0||1||1||.295|
|Jarrod Dyson, CF||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.257|
|2B - Alex Gordon (16, Claiborne), Eric Hosmer (15, Warren), Mike Moustakas (13, Hughes), Johnny Giavotella (2, Warren), David Lough (11, Hughes)|
|3B - Alcides Escobar (3, Claiborne)|
|HR - Billy Butler (7, Hughes)|
|SH - Jarrod Dyson (1)|
|RBI - Alex Gordon (48), Alcides Escobar (27), Billy Butler (48), Johnny Giavotella (3), David Lough (15)|
|2-OUT RBI - David Lough (12)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Moustakas-Giavotella-Hosmer|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Jeremy Guthrie (W,8-6)||6.2||6||1||1||1||3||1||4.12|
|Tim Collins (H,11)||1||1||0||0||1||1||0||3.77|
|Aaron Crow (H,13)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.25|
|Greg Holland (S,21)||1||1||0||0||0||3||0||1.85|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Guthrie 92-60, Tim Collins 17-8, Aaron Crow 8-5, Luke Hochevar 7-2, Greg Holland 21-15|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Guthrie 10-6, Tim Collins 2-0, Aaron Crow 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Jeremy Guthrie 26, Tim Collins 5, Aaron Crow 1, Luke Hochevar 2, Greg Holland 4|
|New York (A.L.) Yankees|
|Brett Gardner, CF||4||0||0||0||1||1||3||.270|
|Zoilo Almonte, LF||5||0||1||0||0||1||4||.286|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||3||0||1||0||1||0||1||.293|
|Travis Hafner, DH||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.220|
|Vernon Wells, RF||4||0||2||0||0||0||2||.237|
|Travis Ishikawa, 1B||2||0||0||0||0||2||2||.105|
|Lyle Overbay, PH-1B||1||1||1||1||1||0||0||.247|
|Luis Cruz, SS-3B||4||0||2||0||0||1||2||.150|
|Alberto Gonzalez, 3B||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.204|
|Ichiro Suzuki, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.278|
|Chris Stewart, C||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.253|
|Austin Romine, C||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.132|
|Eduardo Nunez, PH-SS||2||0||0||0||0||2||5||.216|
|a-homered for Ishikawa in the 7th|
|b-singled for Gonzalez in the 7th|
|c-struck out for Romine in the 7th|
|HR - Lyle Overbay (10, Guthrie)|
|RBI - Lyle Overbay (36)|
|2-OUT RBI - Lyle Overbay (18)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|E - Luis Cruz (5, Misplayed grounder)|
|New York (A.L.) Yankees|
|Phil Hughes (L,4-8)||4||4||2||2||0||2||1||4.55|
|IBB - Gordon by Adam Warren, Hosmer by Preston Claiborne|
|Pitches-Strikes - Phil Hughes 62-41, Adam Warren 59-31, Preston Claiborne 23-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Phil Hughes 5-5, Adam Warren 4-5, Preston Claiborne 2-2|
|Batters Faced - Phil Hughes 16, Adam Warren 17, Preston Claiborne 8|
|Attendance - 35057|
|Game Time - 3:04|
|Temperature - 87|
|Umpires - Home - Dana DeMuth, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Doug Eddings|