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Kansas City Shuffle, Royals Fold in Loss to Yankees

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Yankee Stadium, the Bronx- Lately the discussion in the Bronx has been about the New York Yankees inability to produce runs, but on Wednesday night the Kansas City Royals might have been asking the same questions of their offense in their 8-1 loss to the Yankees.

Attempting to end their three-game slide, the Pinstripes, who led 4-0 heading into the sixth inning, doubled their pleasure after first baseman Lyle Overbay hit his fourth career grand slam on a full count into left-field to provide the Yankees with all the runs they could possibly need for an 8-0 lead.

The eight runs are the most the Bombers have scored at home this season.

Overbay’s homer, his 11th in 2013 off Royals starting pitcher Wade Davis, matched his home run totals from the last two season combined, and was his first base-clearing homer since May of 2006 when Overbay hit a grand slam off Oakland’s Joe Balnton as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays.

“The little things set us up for those big hits,” Overbay said. “I’m just glad I put a swing on it and put it in the outfield for (at least) a sac fly. I can’t remember how many times I’ve struck out with the bases loaded.”

Davis came into Yankee Stadium with ominous numbers against the Bronx Bombers [2-5, 6.86 ERA], and more of the same happened again to Wade in the loss on Wednesday. At 4-8 on the season, Wade went just five innings allowing eight earned runs off six hits, including two home runs.

“Wade threw fine. The numbers don’t always tell the story,” Royals manager Ned Yost said.

The grand slam by Overbay was the first home run that Davis has ever given up with the bases loaded in his career.

“I fell behind when I was in the stretch with runners on. I left bad pitches up in the zone,” said Davis of his struggles.

For the Yankees, starting pitcher Ivan Nova had one of his better starts on the year, collecting his second straight win by going eight innings and yielding just one run off five hits while striking out six Royals. Nova is now the only Yankee in 2013 to toss back-t0-back games of at least eight innings.

“Pretty good downhill with his fastball, really good curveball, and mixed in a few changeups. I mean, that’s kind of the formula for him. When his fastball’s like this, he’s going to get a lot of outs,” said Yankees’ skipper Joe Girardi. “It should help his confidence. … He’s back on track.”

Kansas City scored their lone run of the game in the bottom of the eighth inning on an RBI-double down the left-field line by Eric Hosmer scoring Alcides Escobar from second base to make he final score of 8-1.

Hosmer has now hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games, and is batting .408, with five homers and 11 RBIs during that stretch.

The Yankees scored one run in top of the first inning after Yankees’ center-fielder Brett Gardner made it home from third base on a wild pitch by Davis that made the score 1-0.

In the bottom of the third inning, the Yankees added three more runs to the board on second baseman Robinson Cano’s [3-for-4] 21st homer of the season, a deep shot into left center-field to give the Yankees a 4-0 advantage.

Cano’s home run in the third inning was also his 1,559th career hit, placing him above fabled Yankees’ catcher Thurman Munson [1,558 career hits] for 18th place on the all-time Yankees’ hit list.

Notes: Both Gardner, and designated hitter Travis Hafner were removed from the game. Gardner left in the seventh inning with a right leg contusion, while Hafner exited in the middle of sixth with a left foot contusion. Hafner had been taking batting practice with a machine in between innings and fouled off a 100 mph pitch off his leg. “Just kind of a freak incident,” Hafner said. Gardner and Hafner’s X-rays were negative, and both are listed as day-to-day…

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