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Royals Royals strut out of Bronx with series win

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If the Royals can make it there, they can make it anywhere. Isn't that how the song goes?

Look out, baseball, because by winning, 11-5, over the Yankees on Thursday night, the Royals took a series in New York for the first time since 1999. They won two of the three games at Yankee Stadium, disappointing most of the 41,790 fans at the series finale.

Eric Hosmer certainly made it here. The rookie first baseman had three hits in this victory, and his second home run in two nights launched a six-run second inning for the Royals.

Hosmer's drive followed a similar path as the first of his career, on Wednesday night, into the right-field seats. It came on the first pitch of the inning by rookie Ivan Nova, a right-hander.

A lot more happened between the home run and when Hosmer came up again and ended the inning by lining out to right. Wilson Betemit singled and Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano made a throwing error. Mike Aviles and Melky Cabrera each had an RBI hit, catcher Francisco Cervelli's errant pickoff throw scored a run and so did Jeff Francoeur's single.

Added up, it was six runs -- four of them unearned -- on five hits, a walk and two errors. And that was the Royals' biggest inning in New York since they scored eight runs in the sixth inning on June 6, 1982. It was the fourth time they've had at least six runs in an inning here.

When, in the fourth inning, Cabrera launched his second homer of the series, Alex Gordon lined a double and Billy Butler drove him in with a single, prompting Yankees manager Joe Girardi's call to the bullpen. In came right-hander Amaury Sanit to make his big league debut and, despite a single by Hosmer, Sanit got through the inning without further damage, but it was 8-0 Royals.

Not for long. Royals starter Sean O'Sullivan, perfect through the first 13 Yankees batters, suddenly turned imperfect. Cano, back from Wednesday's beaning, came up with one out in the fifth inning and crushed O'Sullivan's first pitch into the right-field stands.

It became a four-run inning with three more hits, including Cervelli's two-run double and a sacrifice fly.

Hosmer got back into action in the sixth inning. There were two outs with Butler on second base after the third of his four hits -- a single -- and a wild pitch, when Hosmer lined an opposite-field double to left. Butler scored to give the Royals a 9-4 lead.

Sanit was still pitching in the eighth, when the Royals loaded the bases -- the rookie hit two batters around Betemit's ground-rule double. Buddy Carlyle relieved Sanit, only to yield a two-run double to Alcides Escobar.

Alex Rodriguez hit a solo homer to left in the Yankees' eighth off Blake Wood, who relieved O'Sullivan in the previous inning.

The last time the Royals had won a series in the Bronx was Aug. 17-19, 1999, when they also won two of three games.
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Damn you Royals! Keep winning and Cleveland looses.




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Hosmer (and most of those on-the-brink AAA'ers) are studs. Can't wait to see the Royals finally succeed!
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That Hosmer kid has some POWER!! in his bat.




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Hosmer sure looks like he belongs in the big leagues. Nice swing. Seems like a great kid from everything I read about him.

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