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Mussina sharp as Yanks complete sweep of Royals

Aug 5, 2007 - 9:49 PM BRONX, New York (Ticker) -- At one point, the New Yankees had trouble scoring in support of Mike Mussina. Now they pile up runs no matter who is on the mound.

Mussina pitched effectively into the seventh inning and Bobby Abreu had a two-run single to cap a four-run second as the Yankees completed a three-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals with an 8-5 victory.

Hideki Matsui hit his 100th major league home run for the Yankees, one day after teammate Alex Rodriguez became the youngest player to reach 500 career homers. Rodriguez was given a break from the field and was 0-for-4 with a sacrifice fly as the designated hitter.

Melky Cabrera also homered for the Yankees, who have won six of their last seven games and scored an eye-poping 74 runs in that span while continuing to feast on the lower tier of the American League.

"We're just swinging the bats well. It's contagious," shortstop Derek Jeter said. "When you do that, you score runs in bunches."

The Yankees played their 25th straight game against teams with losing records and are 18-7 in those games. They open a road trip at Toronto on Monday.

"I'm not concerned with who we play. It's how we play," manager Joe Torre said.

Even with ace righthander Gil Meche on the mound, Yankee Stadium continued to be a house of horrors for the Royals, who lost for the 19th time in their last 20 games at the famed facility.

"(The Yankees) seem to be locked in on everyone," Royals manager Buddy Bell said. "I'm just glad to be getting out of here now.

Meche (7-9) lasted just one batter into the fifth inning and allowed six runs and six hits.

Mussina (7-7) won his third straight start, allowing two runs and nine hits before leaving after allowing a leadoff single in the seventh. He did not walk a batter and struck out three.

"When we're playing like this, you know as a starter that if you come in and put up a couple of zeroes our offense will start clicking," Mussina said. "We're doing the things we need to do to win games."

After a shaky performance by Mike Myers, Mariano Rivera, the fourth Yankee pitcher, recorded the final four outs for his 17th save and first since July 18.

Ross Gload hit a two-run home run in the sixth and Joey Gathright had four hits for Kansas City. But the Royals hit into three double plays and lost for the fifth time in six games.

Meche lost his third straight start.

"Today I couldn't get ahead of anyone," Meche said. "The ball wasn't coming out of my hand the way I wanted it to."

In a span from late June to early July, the Yankees scored no more than two runs in four straight starts by Mussina. New York however, has scored 42 runs in his last five starts, including 31 in his last three.

After recording two quick outs in the second, Meche walked two of the next three batters sandwiched around a single to Wilson Betemit. Cabrera sliced a single to left field to bring home the first run of the game and extend his hitting streak to 11 games.

Meche walked Jeter to force home another run before Abreu lined a two-run single to center field to go give New York a 4-0 lead.

Matsui hit his 22nd homer of the season to lead off the third and increase the lead to 5-0.

"I'm just happy to able to reach (100 homers)," Matsui said through an interpreter. "I just continue to make adjustments."

Rodriguez lofted a sacrifice fly in the fourth to make it 6-0.

After Gload's homer cut the deficit to 6-2, the Yankees scored twice off Leo Nunez in the bottom of the sixth on a leadoff home run by Cabrera and a sacrifice fly by Matsui.

Mark Teahan had an RBI single off Myers in the seventh with a second run scoring on an error by Cabrera in center field.

Myers left with two runners on in the eighth before Rivera got pinch hitter Jason Smith to fly out to end the inning.

David DeJesus of the Royals went 0-for-4, ending his hitting streak at 13 games








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    KANSAS CITY 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 1 0 5 12 0
    NY YANKEES 0 4 1 1 0 2 0 0 x 8 8 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: KAN - GIL MECHE, LEO NUNEZ (5TH) AND JOHN BUCK
    NYY - MIKE MUSSINA, BRIAN BRUNEY (7TH), MIKE MYERS
    (7TH), MARIANO RIVERA (8TH) AND JORGE POSADA

    HOME RUNS: KAN - RO

    Aug 5 4:24 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOEY GATHRIGHT SCORED JOHN BUCK.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J GATHRIGHT ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 5
    NY YANKEES 8 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: T PENA JR (.277, 0-FOR-3)

    Royals vs. YankeesAug 5 4:08 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MARK TEAHEN SCORED DAVID DEJESUS. ERROR BY MELKY
    CABRERA ALLOWED ESTEBAN GERMAN TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M TEAHEN ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 4
    NY YANKEES 8 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: E BROWN (.233, 0-FOR-2, HBP)

    Royals vs. YankeesAug 5 3:49 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY HIDEKI MATSUI SCORED DEREK JETER.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, B ABREU ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 2
    NY YANKEES 8 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: J POSADA (.339, 0-FOR-1, 2 BB)

    Royals vs. YankeesAug 5 3:32 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY MELKY CABRERA (7) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 6TH OFF LEO NUNEZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 2, NY YANKEES 7
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: D JETER (.331, 1-FOR-1, BB, HBP, RBI)

    Royals vs. YankeesAug 5 3:19 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY ROSS GLOAD (4) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 6TH OFF MIKE MUSSINA SCORED EMIL BROWN.
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 2, NY YANKEES 6
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: A GORDON (.239, 0-FOR-2)

    Royals vs. YankeesAug 5 3:10 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY ALEX RODRIGUEZ SCORED DEREK JETER.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B ABREU ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 0
    NY YANKEES 6 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: H MATSUI (.294, 1-FOR-2, HR, RBI)

    Royals vs. YankeesAug 5 2:39 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY HIDEKI MATSUI (22) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 3RD OFF GIL MECHE.
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 0, NY YANKEES 5
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: J POSADA (.339, 0-FOR-1)

    Royals vs. YankeesAug 5 2:08 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY BOBBY ABREU SCORED ANDY PHILLIPS AND MELKY
    CABRERA.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, B ABREU ON FIRST, D JETER ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 0
    NY YANKEES 4 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: A RODRIGUEZ (.300, 0-FOR-1)

    Royals vs. YankeesAug 5 1:50 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO DEREK JETER SCORED WILSON BETEMIT.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, D JETER ON FIRST, M CABRERA ON SECOND, A
    PHILLIPS ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 0
    NY YANKEES 2 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: B ABREU (.281, 0-FOR-1)

    Royals vs. YankeesAug 5 1:48 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MELKY CABRERA SCORED ROBINSON CANO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M CABRERA ON FIRST, A PHILLIPS ON SECOND, W
    BETEMIT ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 0
    NY YANKEES 1 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: D JETER (.331, 1-FOR-1)

    Royals vs. YankeesAug 5 1:44 PM
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    Royals vs. YankeesAug 5 12:37 PM