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Yankees Hitting Heats Up, Beat Royals to Split Series

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Yankee Stadium, the Bronx- For the second straight night, the New York Yankees hitting was well above average, scoring eight runs or more in consecutive home games for the first time since 2011 in an 8-4 drubbing of the Kansas City Royals.

Seven different Yankees drove in a run including shortstop Derek Jeter, who in his 19th season [the most of any Yankee all-time] went 1-for-4, collecting his first hit of the season on the very first pitch he saw from Kansas City starter Ervin Santana.

“He looked the same,” Santana said of Jeter. “Very aggressive.”

Jeter’s hit, an infield single to third base in the bottom of the first inning helped the Yankees put their first run on the board, as Jeter eventually scored from third base on a sacrifice-fly ball out to right-field off the bat of Vernon Wells to help the Yankees cut the Royals lead to 3-1.

“Couldn’t fall back asleep,” said Jeter, who rushed from the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate in Scranton to the Bronx before the game, snoozing for about four hours of rest. “I was nervous going into the game. It’s almost like it’s opening day for me, even though we’re in — what are we in, July now? I lost track of the months.”

Kansas City scored three early runs in the top of the first inning off Yankees’ starter Andy Pettitte [7-6] on a two-RBI double by catcher Salvador Perez [ending a 13 at-bat hit-less streak], and a sacrifice-fly RBI by center-fielder Lorenzo Cain.

Pettitte stayed long enough to pick up his seventh win of the season, and his second straight decision, going 5.2 innings for three earned runs.

Pettite also passed a milestone, garnering his 252nd career win, helping him pass fellow lefty, and Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson for 44th place on baseball’s all-time win list.

Not focused on personal accomplishments, Pettitte only had praise for the return of the ‘Captain.’ “It’s awesome to have him back out there. He’s so positive,” Pettitte said of Jeter. “We need his leadership ability.”

The Pinstripes trailed 4-3 going into the bottom of the fifth inning, but scored four runs off Santana to take a 7-4 lead. With the bases loaded, and two out, first baseman Lyle Overbay did it again, not hitting a grand slam as he did on Wednesday night, but getting the runs home with the bases full of Pinstripes, as Overbay singled into right-field, enabling Ichiro Suzuki and Robinson Cano to touch home plate, giving the Yankees a 5-4 advantage.

Overbay now has 10 RBIs in 10 at-bats with the bases full this season.

Still in the fifth inning, back-to-back RBI-singles by Zoilo Almonte and Eduardo Nunez put New York on top for good 7-4.

For Santana [5-6], maintaining the Royals early three run lead was too much to handle, as the KC starter allowed a season-high eight earned runs off 10 hits in five innings. It is the first time that Santana did not go at least six innings in his 18 starts in 2013, and is the 10th straight start that Santana is winless against the Yankees dating back to 2008.

With the win, the Yankees [50-42] have now reached the 50-win mark prior to the All-Star break for the 13th time in their last 16 seasons dating back to 1998, having done it six seasons in a row from 2008.

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