American League Game Summary - New York at Kansas City
(Thursday, May 3rd)
Final Score: Kansas City 4, New York 3
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - After 10 consecutive home losses to start
the year, the Kansas City Royals finally recorded a win at Kauffman Stadium.
Mike Moustakas had two hits, including a solo home run, to go with three runs
batted in as the Kansas City Royals edged the New York Yankees, 4-3, in the
opener of a three-game set on Thursday.
Moustakas also made a nifty barehanded play on Alex Rodriguez's slow roller
down the third-base line to end the ballgame, stranding Derek Jeter at third
Danny Duffy (2-2) allowed two runs on six hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings
for Kansas City, which has won five of its past seven games.
Prior to the game, New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera suffered a torn
anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during batting practice, an
injury that could potentially end his illustrious career.
Rivera, 42, injured his knee while attempting to snag a fly ball along the
warning track. He leapt at the wall and as he came down, his knee buckled
underneath him. He immediately clutched at his knee and was in visible pain.
"I grabbed myself between the grass and the dirt. I couldn't pull my leg up
and twisted it (the knee). It's an ACL. Torn actually. Meniscus also," Rivera
Rivera, whose 608 saves are the most in MLB history, had to be carted off
the field as concerned teammates and coaches looked on.
"I don't know" was his response when asked if he'd be able to pitch again.
"It all depends how the rehab is going to happen," Rivera said. "From there,
Jeter had four hits, including his 500th career double, to go with two runs
scored for the Yankees, who were 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position
and left 10 men on base.
David Phelps (0-1) took the loss after giving up two runs on six hits in four
The Royals struck first on Moustakas' solo shot to center field in the second
inning, but New York got the run back in the third.
Jeter slapped a double down the left-field line and scored two batters
later on Mark Teixeira's double into right-center field.
Kansas City, though, regained the advantage after plating one in its half of
the third and two in the fifth.
In the third, Eric Hosmer's RBI single gave Kansas City a 2-1 lead.
Two innings later, with the bases loaded, Moustakas brought home Alex Gordon
and Hosmer after poking a base hit through the hole on the right side, making
The Yankees, however, pulled within one after tallying a run each on a pair of
sacrifice flies in the sixth and seventh frames.
In the sixth, Robinson Cano reached with a one-out single, moved to third on
Andruw Jones' base hit and came home when Eduardo Nunez lifted a fly ball to
Jeter reached in the seventh with a single to right field and moved to third
on Curtis Granderson's base hit. Teixeira blasted a deep fly ball to center
field to plate Jeter, cutting the deficit to 4-3.
Jonathan Broxton came on in the ninth and immediately gave up a single to
Jeter before issuing a walk to Granderson. But Teixeira grounded into a double
play and Rodriguez's groundout ended the game.
Rivera has five saves and is 1-1 with a 2.16 earned run average
in nine games for New York this season...Broxton's save was his fifth of the
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