Rapid Reaction: Yankees 11, Royals 6

May, 10, 2013
5/10/13
11:26
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KANSAS CITY -- After scoring a total of just six runs in three games at Coors Field, the Yankees erupted for 11 on Friday at Kauffman Stadium. Go figure.

What it means: Even on a night when Phil Hughes' gopher ball was alive and well, the Yankees were able to slug their way to a 11-6 victory in the opener of this three-game series against the Royals. It tied their second-highest run total of the season; they scored 11 against the Indians on April 8, and scored 14 the next night. So look out on Saturday.

That's Overbay, not Overpaid: Lyle Overbay, signed as a low-cost fill-in for Mark Teixeira just two days before the Yankees broke training camp, had a huge day, with a home run, two doubles, a single and five RBIs.

Burning Ich: Ichiro Suzuki also had three hits, including a home run and a double. He had been 1-for-8 on the road trip, but with his 3-for-5 performance on Friday, he is now 20-for-55 since April 23, raising his average from .200 to .282.

Everybody gets into the act: Well, just about. Seven of the Yankees' nine starters had hits. In addition to Overbay's four and Suzuki's three, Robinson Cano, Chris Nelson and Jayson Nix had two apiece, Brett Gardner had an RBI triple, and Chris Stewart had a single. Only Vernon Wells and Travis Hafner were hitless.

Deep-Sixed: The Yankees exploded for five runs in the sixth inning off starter Wade Davis and Bruce Chen to blow the game open at 10-5, right after the Royals had come back to tie the game in the previous inning. The big hits were doubles by Suzuki and Overbay, the triple by Gardner, and a two-run single by Nelson.

Power surge: The Yankees got four runs in the second inning on a pair of two-run homers, the first by Suzuki and the second by Overbay, his sixth of the season. Both landed in the Yankees bullpen beyond the right-field fence. For Overbay, it was his second career hit off Davis in six career at-bats, both of them home runs.

Back to earth: After four straight excellent starts, Hughes had a bad night, surrendering six runs in 5 2/3 innings and giving back a 4-0 lead. Once again, he was victimized by the long ball, as both Jarrod Dyson and Mike Moustakas took him deep. For Dyson, it was his second major-league home run, and first since Sept. 27, 2010, a stretch of 376 at-bats.

Kelley with a K: Six of them, to be exact. Coming on in relief of Hughes, Shawn Kelley struck out the first five hitters he faced, and added one more to get all but one of the outs in his hitless 2 1/3 innings on strikes.

What's next: Andy Pettitte (3-2, 4.06) tries to snap a two-game losing streak, facing righty James Shields (2-2, 2.52) in Game 2 of this three-game series, first pitch at 7:10 p.m.
Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Jacoby Ellsbury
BA HR RBI R
.276 10 54 57
OTHER LEADERS
HRM. Teixeira 20
RBIJ. Ellsbury 54
RB. Gardner 76
OPSB. Gardner .791
WM. Tanaka 12
ERAM. Tanaka 2.51
SOM. Tanaka 135