Royals Beat Yankees 12-9 in Doubles Fest
Aug. 12, 2003
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Mike DiFelice hit three doubles as Kansas City and the New York Yankees combined to set an American League record with 19 two-base hits in the Royals' 12-9 victory Monday night.
The teams broke the AL mark of 18 doubles by Cleveland and Minnesota on July 13, 1996. The major league record is 23 by St. Louis and the Chicago Cubs on July 12, 1931.
Mike Sweeney, Joe Randa and DiFelice all doubled during a four-run eighth inning off Yankees newcomer Bret Prinz that put the Royals ahead 12-7.
DiFelice drove in three runs as the Royals won their third in a row, taking advantage of the Yankees' battered bullpen to send New York to its third straight loss.
Yankees starter David Wells lasted only three innings in his shortest outing of the season. After the game, manager Joe Torre said Wells was going back to New York for tests on his back.
Four relievers followed Wells, and each of them gave up at least a run. On Sunday, Seattle scored against all four New York relievers.
The Royals set a team record with 11, then Yankees made sure the game broke the league record for doubles as Derek Jeter and Jason Giambi hit them in the ninth.
The Yankees had not lost in Kauffman Stadium since Sept. 6, 2000. They had swept the three-game series at Kansas City each of the past two seasons.
This matchup between division leaders drew a season-high crowd of 40,406 _ just 379 short of capacity and almost unheard of in Kansas City so late in the year.
The level of noise and energy was reminiscent of the '70s and early '80s when the Royals and Yankees so often clashed in meaningful late-season showdowns.
Prinz, acquired recently from Arizona in the deal for Raul Mondesi, was called up from Triple-A Columbus earlier in the day when reliever Antonio Osuna went on bereavement leave.
Prinz arrived in the middle of the game and had a disastrous debut for the Yankees. Sweeney greeted him with a two-out, two-run double in the eighth, Randa followed with an RBI double and after an intentional walk, DiFelice also doubled.
The Royals broke the team mark of nine doubles. In all, 14 different players in the game hit doubles.
Kansas City took an 8-6 lead in the sixth when Aaron Guiel hit a two-run double off Sterling Hitchcock (1-3) and Angel Berroa followed with an RBI double as the Royals beat New York for just the second time in 13 games.
Hideki Matsui had an RBI single in the seventh to bring the Yankees to within 8-7. Matsui finished a triple short of the cycle.
The winner was D.J. Carrasco (4-4) who pitched 1 2-3 innings of hitless relief.
The Yankees took a 5-1 lead in the third on Jason Giambi's league-leading 34th home run off Paul Abbott.
But Wells, who gave up a run on Sweeney's RBI double in the first, uncharacteristically walked two batters as Kansas City scored four in the bottom of the third and tied it 5-all.
Wells was replaced starting the fourth by Hitchcock, who was given a 6-5 lead when Matsui hit his 15th home run in the fifth.
Abbott, making his first major league start since May 5, 2002, with Seattle, went 4 2-3 innings. The right-hander, who underwent shoulder surgery on June 28, 2002, gave up six runs on nine hits.
Bernie Williams and Jorge Posada had RBI singles in the New York first and Giambi scored on Abbott's wild pitch.
After Giambi's homer in the third, Randa got the Royals going in the bottom half with an RBI single. Desi Relaford followed with an RBI double and DiFelice hit with a two-run double.
Wells, who had walked more than one batter in a game only twice this year, gave up five runs on six hits, with one strikeout and two walks.
Notes: The Yankees have hit 18 home runs in their last nine games. ... Royals' trainer Nick Swartz was accidentally hit on the side of the head during batting practice with a ball thrown by manager Tony Pena. Swartz was talking to general manager Allard Baird and Pena was playing catch when the ball got away from him and hit the screen above where Swartz was sitting. It bounced down onto his head and left a large red spot. ... The Yankees put Osuna on bereavement leave so he could fly home to Mexico, where his mother was scheduled for heart surgery.