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Yankees an uplifting performance when they need it the most. Jeter hit a two-run
homer to break open a close game, Sabathia went eight innings for the third
straight time, and the Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals 6-2 on Friday night.
They snapped a three-game skid while also taking a bold first step after losing
closer Mariano Rivera to injury. “We lost three in a row. We didnt finish up the
homestand the way we wanted. We had to deal with what we had to deal with
yesterday. I thought it was important that we bounce back,” Yankees manager
Joe Girardi said. “We cashed in four runs with two outs. It was outstanding.” An
encouraging night began with Riveras announcement that he plans to return from a
torn ACL and meniscus damage in his right knee rather than retire, and it ended
when David Robertson struck out the side in the ninth to give Sabathia (4-0) his
fourth straight victory. “CC steps up when we need it,” said Jeter, who singled
and scored on Mark Teixeiras homer in the first before delivering a two-run shot
of his own during a four-run seventh inning. “He likes to be out there,” Jeter
said. “He likes to finish games.” Jeters homer off Bruce Chen (0-4) was his
fifth of the season, a number he didnt reach until Sept. 4 last season. Hes
batting a robust .404 this year, though he brusquely dismissed any notion that
hes playing above his own expectations. “They are very good hitters. Right now
Jeter is very hot,” Chen said. “Im not saying hes not a good hitter, but like
right now, hes on fire and hitting the ball well.” The Yankees had reason to
celebrate when Jeff Francoeur went down swinging for the final out. Rivera told
his teammates prior to the game that he plans to have surgery to repair a torn
ACL and damaged meniscus in his right knee. The injury occurred Thursday night
when baseballs career saves leader was shagging fly balls near the warning track
during batting practice. “Im coming back. Write it down in big letters,” Rivera
said. “Im not going out like this.” The news appeared to give the Yankees a
lift, especially after dropping their third straight game Thursday night.
Sabathia was sharp on the mound and the potent New York lineup finally let loose
after struggling to put up runs for the better part of a week. “It feels good.
It always feels good,” Sabathia said, “especially considering everything weve
been through over the past day.” Jeters leadoff single was his fifth hit in six
at-bats in the series, and Teixeira made it hurt when he pounded a 1-1 pitch
into the seats overlooking the Royals bullpen in left field. Kansas City
answered in the bottom half of the first. Alex Gordon followed a base hit by
Jarrod Dyson with an RBI double, and Francoeurs two-out double tied the game.
The Royals couldnt have known thats all the offence they would muster. Sabathia
retired 12 straight after a two-out double by Alcides Escobar in the second.
Eric Hosmer broke up the streak with a two-out triple in the sixth that hit the
wall just over Curtis Grandersons head—about two feet shy of clearing the
centre-field fence. Francoeur grounded out to end the inning. Sabathia also left
a runner on third in the seventh, when Mike Moustakas doubled leading off and
Chris Getz delivered a base hit. Escobar grounded into a double play to end that
inning. Sabathia allowed seven hits and struck out five without issuing a walk.
“I sitting over there during the course of the game, trying to figure out a
better left-hander in the game today,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “I couldnt
come up with one.” Chen matched him nearly inning-for-inning until the seventh.
Cano led off with a single, but all the real damage came with two outs.
Eduardo Nunez hit a go-ahead triple into the right-field corner, and
Chris Stewart followed with an RBI single. Then the big blow from Jeter, a
two-run shot over the centre-field wall. Robertson finished up the game in a
non-save situation. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the right-hander would
likely get the first chance to save games in place of Rivera, though he did not
rule out former Rays closer Rafael Soriano also pitching the ninth. “We wanted
to give him a little experience in that sense, but he also hasnt worked in three
or four days, too,” Girardi said. “You like to keep your relievers going, so we
thought we would get him in there.” Notes: The Yankees transferred RHP
Michael Pineda to the 60-day DL and optioned RHP D.J. Mitchell to Triple-A. They
recalled RHP Cody Eppley from the same squad and signed OF Dewayne Wise to a
major league contract. ... Yankees OF Nick Swisher (hamstring) took BP on the
field before the game and plans to run bases Saturday. ... Royals RHP
Greg Holland (ribcage) will throw BP on Saturday and could leave for a rehab
assignment Tuesday. ... RHP Hiroki Kuroda takes the mound Saturday for New York.
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