Game 45 / 23-22 / 2nd / 0.5GB : The Yankees busted out of their funk with heavy lumber, racking up 8 runs in the first inning en route to a 14-1 mugging of the Kansas City Royals in The Bronx. Chase Headley, Brian McCann and Brett Gardner all went deep in the first. Stephen Drew added a 3-run shot in the second, and recent call-up Slade Heathcott hammered his first major league homer, a 2-run blast in the 7th inning.
Here’s the box score, full recap, and video highlights.
Yankees 14, Royals 1
The last time the New York Yankees lost 10 of 11, George Steinbrenner called a clubhouse meeting.
“I think you’re going to see some changes,” the Boss promised on that early June day, 20 years ago.
That night, the Yankees scored eight runs in the first inning, and a kid named Derek Jeter finally experienced a big league win. (Read the full article here: Danny Knobler, espn.com)
FOOTNOTES : The Yanks got a little help in the standings as Seattle defeated Tampa, 4-1, as New York is a half-game back, tied in the loss column at 22 …
“It was nice because we’ve been through some tough losses, we’ve been through some ugly losses, and to be able to get that type of lead was really nice” ‐ Joe Girardi