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Game 121: Yankees at Royals

August 17, 2011 – Kauffman Stadium – 8:10 p.m. ET (YES, WCBS 880 AM)

YANKEES (74-46)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones DH
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Brett Gardner LF

Pitching: Bartolo Colon RHP (8-6, 3.31)

ROYALS (50-73)
Alex Gordon LF
Melky Cabrera CF
Billy Butler DH
Eric Hosmer 1B
Jeff Francoeur RF
Johnny Giavotella 2B
Salvador Perez C
Mike Moustakas 3B
Alcides Escobar SS

Pitching: Bruce Chen LHP (7-5, 4.15)

Game 120: Yankees at Royals

August 16, 2011 – Kauffman Stadium – 8:10 p.m. ET (MY9, WCBS 880 AM)

YANKEES (73-46)
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones DH
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Brett Gardner LF

Pitching: Ivan Nova RHP (11-4, 3.85)

ROYALS (50-72)
Alex Gordon LF
Melky Cabrera CF
Billy Butler DH
Eric Hosmer 1B
Jeff Francoeur RF
Johnny Giavotella 2B
Salvador Perez C
Mike Moustakas 3B
Alcides Escobar SS

Pitching: Danny Duffy LHP (3-6, 4.97)

HE’S EL CAPITAN AGAIN: The numbers say that Derek Jeter has been a much-improved hitter since returning from the disabled list in early July, and the Yankees captain has a pretty good idea why that might be.

While taking a time-out from the season to rehab his strained right calf, Jeter linked with instructor Gary Denbo at the team’s training complex in Tampa, Fla., working on staying back on the ball a touch longer.

“It sounds funny, but when you’re hitting, you have to let the ball come to you,” Jeter said. “If your head moves, you have a lot less time.”

Since being activated on July 4, Jeter is batting .326 (45-for-138) entering play on Tuesday, with eight doubles, two triples, two homers and 24 RBIs in 34 games.

A-ROD LAUDS THOME: Alex Rodriguez was the most recent entrant into the 600-homer club before Jim Thome joined with two homers last night, doing it on Aug. 4, 2010 against the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium.

Rodriguez is with the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees on a Minor League rehabilitation assignment and released a statement on Tuesday through the club.

“Jim is one of the easiest players of our generation to root for,” Rodriguez said. “It’s hard to overshadow 600 home runs, because it is a tremendous accomplishment and an exclamation point on a career bound for the Hall of Fame.

“But to me, the way he has treated the game — and the people in and around it — will always be the first thing that I think of when I think of Jim Thome.  In so many ways, he is a legend of our game.”

THIS AND THAT: RHP Freddy Garcia (cut right index finger) threw a bullpen on Tuesday, but did not throw his split-fingered fastball, tossing only fastballs and sliders instead. The Yankees are considering having him throw a full bullpen on Thursday in Minneapolis, which would line him up to possibly pitch Saturday or Sunday against the Twins. … Derek Jeter said he was bunting on his own in the first inning on Monday, sacrificing Brett Gardner to second base. Gardner was stranded there, but manager Joe Girardi had no problem with the bunt. … Girardi said that he might have A-Rod serve as the DH on Thursday. Rodriguez is slated to play third base both on Tuesday and Wednesday at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Game 119: Yankees at Royals

August 15, 2011 – Kauffman Stadium – 8:10 p.m. ET (YES, WCBS 880 AM)

YANKEES (72-46)
Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez 3B
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin C

Pitching: A.J. Burnett RHP (8-9, 4.60)

ROYALS (50-71)
Alex Gordon LF
Melky Cabrera CF
Billy Butler DH
Eric Hosmer 1B
Jeff Francoeur RF
Johnny Giavotella 2B
Salvador Perez C
Mike Moustakas 3B
Alcides Escobar SS

Pitching: Felipe Paulino RHP (1-4, 3.45)

Inside the manager’s office at Kauffman Stadium

Greetings From Kansas City.jpgThe visiting manager’s office at Kauffman Stadium is something like a trip down memory lane. Besides the fact that the clubhouse is decorated with all sorts of beer paraphernalia – the digital clock that tells the Yankees to hit the field is on Michelob Time – the walls of Joe Girardi’s office for the next two games have a few relics of days gone by.

Hovering right over Girardi’s desk is a framed commemorative poster from the 1991 All-Star Game in Toronto, as well as one from the 1990 Midsummer Classic at Wrigley Field. Besides the fact that they’re nearly two decades old, the posters are something of foreshadowing for the summer to come in New York. If these items are still displayed prominently, can you imagine what will be around from the final Yankee Stadium season in, say, 2026?

The office also has two very large prints of 33-cent postage stamps (remember those?) depicting Satchel Paige and Roberto Clemente. Those, also, are very nice and would be a suitable addition to any baseball office or library. It’s a nice day in Kansas City and, though I have to postpone checking out the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and the American Jazz Museum until at least tomorrow, I’ll be grabbing some Arthur Bryant’s barbecue before heading over to the Big K. See you all there.

A Royal hello from Kansas City

Greetings from my hotel room in Kansas City, where the same type of Opening Day clouds that dogged the Yankees have decided to pop up as the Royals prepare to crack the seal on their 81-game home slate at Kauffman Stadium.

George Brett was on television this morning pumping up the Royals fans for a team that appears to be under construction in search of better days, and that’s appropriate, since their ballpark is also undergoing renovations.

The most striking change, and one I’m looking forward to seeing, is the new giant HD scoreboard in center field — the largest of its type in the world, apparently. I always liked the classic shield scoreboard but this one is supposed to be a beauty. By the way, everyone around here is going absolutely nuts for Kansas. So am I … I had the Jayhawks in a pool.

The rain is expected to pass and the Yankees are supposed to get the game in. It won’t matter much to Derek Jeter, though, as he mends a strained left quadriceps that we’ll have to watch closely. Jeter plays through injuries often so I wouldn’t expect this to keep him out of action for too long, but it could affect his productivity.

When I was covering the Mets in 2005, Carlos Beltran (a Kansas City alum, by the way) gave a day-by-day play-by-play of a strained quadriceps that seemed to last for months, and explaining why he wasn’t able to use his speed on the bases anymore. Jeter won’t go into that sort of detail, but that doesn’t mean he won’t wince in pain.

Here’s this week’s Yankees Mailbag in case you missed it.

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