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Yankees Mystique, Aura, Baseball-Playing Ability Overcome Royals

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It was a game in which half of the Royals fanbase was actually cheering for Kyle Davies to get lit up to end our Hiram nightmare for good. However, like a cockroach, Davies survived, gritting it out for five innings and three runs on seven hits, and more surprisingly, just one walk against the patient Yankees lineup. It was just enough to earn him another start, yet not good enough to overcome our anemic offense.

The game was arguably lost in the seventh when the Royals loaded the bases with one out. With Wilson Betimet and Mitch Maier sitting on the bench, Ned Yost went into a deep slumber and neglected to pinch hit for either Alcides Escobar or Chris Getz. Predictably, each struck out.

To make matters worse, Escobar was not his usual stellar self in the field. Alex Rodriguez's bases loaded slow-roller in the fifth was a playable ball that Alcides did not convert. If he isn't hitting, and isn't fielding, all that is keeping Alcides in the lineup is his charming smile.

Billy Butler and Alex Gordon combined to go 0-8. Since the Twins series, the dynamic duo has combined to go 7-51 (.138/.182/.216)

Well at least the Davies start is out of the way. I'm sure a veteran like Bruce Chen will give us the stabilizing quality start we need....oh cripes.