--1B Eric Hosmer was playing in only his fifth big-league game, but manager Ned Yost had him batting third. Hosmer's home run to lead off the fourth inning was the first of his career and the only hit Yankees RHP A.J. Burnett allowed in seven innings. Hosmer drove in the winning run in the 11th inning on a sacrifice fly.
--DH Billy Butler went 0-for-2 Wednesday, although he did walk twice. Butler is 3-for-25 in his past seven games, dropping his average from .317 to .280. He was lifted for a pinch runner after walking in the eighth inning.
--RHP Joakim Soria could not hold a 3-2 lead in the 10th inning Wednesday, giving up a run on a walk, a sacrifice bunt and a two-out single to Curtis Granderson. It was Soria's second blown save in eight opportunities, and his ERA jumped to 4.30. Soria, however, picked up the win, as the Royals scored a run in the 11th. He improved to 3-0.
--RHP Sean O'Sullivan will make his fifth start and seventh appearance Wednesday in the series finale at Yankee Stadium, but it will be his first road outing this year. In three games last year against the Yankees, O'Sullivan was 1-2 with a 6.06 ERA. The victory was July 20 while he was with the Angels before being traded to the Royals. O'Sullivan has logged quality starts in his past three outings.
--RHP Jake Odorizzi, who was acquired from the Brewers in the Zack Greinke trade, is 3-0 with a 1.97 ERA with high Class A Wilmington. On Tuesday night, he threw six scoreless innings, giving up one hit, striking out 13 and walking three in a 3-1 triumph over Salem. He has struck out at least 10 in each of his past four starts, and he has 51 strikeouts in 32 innings for the season.
BY THE NUMBERS
1 -- Big-league save for RHP Louis Coleman, and big-league home run for 1B Eric Hosmer. Both occurred Wednesday in the Royals' 4-3, 11-inning victory at Yankee Stadium. Coleman closed it out with a perfect inning, getting 3B Alex Rodriguez to fly out and then striking out 2B Eduardo Nunez and RF Nick Swisher.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"I wouldn't say Gordon was struggling, but it's time to take a day off." -- Royals manager Ned Yost, on why LF Alex Gordon was held out of the starting lineup Wednesday.
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