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Thursday, August 12, 2010
Game 114: Yankees @ Royals

By Wallace Matthews

11:05: Dry your hands. Robertson Ks Kendall on a curveball to put a ribbon on this one, 4-3, Sabathia wins No. 15, Girardi saves himself a cross-examination. Or does he?

11:02: Chris Getz running for Betemit, Kendall batting

11:01: d-Rob can;t find the handle on Betemits dribbler, infield hit gives KC first and third, two out

10:58: Bloomquist smacks the 2-0 into RF gap for a double, two runs in, 4-3 Yankees, tying run in scoring position with Betemit up

10:57: Maier takes second on defensive indifference; D-Rob goes 2-0 on Bloomquist

10:54: Maier taps into a forceout and Girardi comes to get Sabathia, who leaves to a standing O. D-Rob, minus the socks, on to finish up vs. Bloomquist

10:53: Aviles singles to right and Royals have thier first threat since the fourth inning

10:51: Gordon singles to center and there's some stirring in the Yankee pen. Davey No Socks is up

10:50: A-Rod snags Betancourt's hot shot on the infield grass, one out in the ninth

10:47: Yanks down in order and CC, with 100 pitches tonight, comes out to finish up vs. Betancourt, Gordon, Aviles

10:40: Sabathia walks Butler but needs just one pitch to retire Ka'ahue on comebacker to end the eighth. Joakim Soria coming on to pitch Yanks ninth

10:36: Nice running catch by Grandy on bloop to short CF might have saved a run

10:34: Betemit strokes a one-out double to the gap in right

10:30: Yanks also get a single from Jeter but Swisher Ks to end the inning without scoring. We got to bottom of the eighth, 4-1 Yanks 

10:23: Along with his new swing, Granderson has a new eye, too. Draws a one-out walk in the eighth

10:20: RHP Greg Holland now throwing for KC in the eighth, facing Kearns, Granderson, Cervelli

10:17: CC sets down the Royals in order and is now through seven, allowed seven hits, just one run

10:08: Royals walk Cano, will pitch to Thames instead

10:07: Jeter scores on A-Rod's hi bouncer to third and it's 4-1 Yankees in the seventh

10:04: Jeter moves to third on Tex'  fly out to center

10:03: Swisher's third hit of the game, a single to right, gives yanks first and second for Teixeira

10:01: 3B Betemit can't come up with Jeter's bouncer up the line, E5 gives Yanks leadoff runner in seventh

9:57: Ka'ahue draws a one-out walk, is quickly erased on 4-6-3 DP. Yanks up 3-1 through six

9:51: Texeira --that's right, just one "i'--retires Kearns, Granderson and Cervelli in order

9:46: Between Kanekoa Texeira, Yuniesky Betancourt and Kila Ka'ahue, the Royals are a typist's nightmare

9:44: Thames singles leading off the sixth and that's all for Chen; RHP Kanekoa Texeira coming on to pitch to Kearns

9:37: Royals CF Blanco left the game with heat exhaustion; replaced by ex-Yank Wilson Betemit

9:34: Royals get a do-over on Cano's bouncer to second and this time, turn the DP

9:31: A-Rod hits into a double play--NOT!. 2B Mike Avikes throws it into the ground and everybody's safe

9:28: Chen walks Swisher leading off the fifth

9:21: CC Ks Maier to end the inning

9:17: Mike Aviles singles to CF, Gordon scores just ahead of tag, now 3-1 Yanks

9:16: Alex Gordon lines two-out double into LF gap

9:16: Patented Jeter jump throw nails Betancourt for second out of the fourth

9:07: All hail K-Long! Granderson gets his second hit of the game, a double down RF line.

9:06: Kearns hits his first HR as a Yankee with one out in the fourth to make it 3-0

9:00: Billy Butler raps into inning-ending 4-6-3

8:59: Kendall singles to center and Royals have first and second, one out

8:56: Willie Bloomquist leads off the Royals' third with a single to center

8:49: Tex sac fly to center scores Jeter, 2-0

8:48: Swisher singles behind the runner moving Jeter to third

8:46: Jeter leads off the third with an infield single off the glove of Betancourt

8:42: CC pitches a 1-2-3 second

 8:33: The New Grandy lines a single to center and it's 1-0 Yankees

8:33: With two out, Kearns singles to left, runners on first and second for Granderson

8:31: Cano's on first after walking with one out in the second

8:26: Betancourt hits it hard to center but Grandy tracks it down for the final out

8:24: CC saws off Kila Ka'Ahue's bat but the ball falls in front of Granderson for a hit, two on, two out for Yuniesky Betancourt

8:22: After CC Ks leadoff hitter Gregor Blanco, Jason Kendall's grounder eludes Jeter's backhand, official scorer says score it a hit.

8:16: Chen picks off Swisher, gets Teixeira to ground out to end the first

8:13: After Jeter grounds out, Swisher lines a single to right

8:10: Bruce Chen's first pitch is a ball to Jeter. 94 degrees at game time here

Pre-game Clubhouse Chatter: Both Mark Teixeira, with the new baby, and Curtis Granderson, with the new swing,  return to the Yankees lineup tonight after neither started either of the two games in Texas. Marcus Thames, Wednesday night's hero batting in Teixeira's number-three spot in the Yankee lineup, gets the start at DH over Lance Berkman with left-hander Bruce Chen going for Kansas City. And with Jorge Posada having caught four of the last five games, Francisco  Cervelli gets the call behind the plate . . . For the second time this season, the Yankees miss having to face KC ace Zack Greinke, who threw eight innings of one-run ball against the Angels Wednesday night only to settle for a no-decision in what became a 2-1, 10-inning loss. Joe Girardi was not disappointed in the least: "We know he's got great stuff,'' the manager said, "But we're not gonna see it.'' . . . Teixeira provided a few details--but only a few, because he said he kept his distance in the delivery room -- of the birth of his son William Charles, who was born Tuesday morning and weighed in at hefty eight pounds, seven ounces. Asked if it was difficult to miss two games to attend the birht of his third child, Teixeira said, "It's automatic. I wouldn't be able to live with myself if I missed my child's birth or if anything happened. There was no question in my mind.'' . . . Also automatic is Teixeira's success against Chen, against whom he has hit a ridiculous .643 in his career with 6 HRs in 14 ABs. . . Alfredo Aceves, who lasted just 2/3 of an inning in a rehab appearance on Tuesday, will give it another go Friday in Trenton. The Yankees are hoping for two innings or 35 pitches out of Aceves, who has been on the DL since May 12 with a lower back strain.

Here are the lineups for tonight's game, first pitch at 8:10 p.m.:

Yankees

Jeter SS
Swisher RF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Thames DH
Kearns LF
Granderson CF
Cervelli C
Sabathia LHP

Royals

Blanco CF
Kendall C
Butler 1B
Ka'aihue DH
Betancourt SS
Gordon LF
Aviles 2B
Maier RF
Bloomquist 3B
Chen LHP