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Friday, August 3, 2007

Game 109 notes: Yankees win 7-1

Chien-Ming Wang is on a roll. Since June 1, the Yankee right-hander has won 10 of his last 11 decisions. He improved to a record of 13-5 after allowing only one run over seven innings in the Yankees' 7-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals Friday night.

Wang gave up seven hits and struck out three, while throwing 98 pitches in a relatively easy outing. He only got into trouble in the third inning, when he gave up three consecutive two-out singles.

Robinson Cano started the Yankees' scoring in the second inning with a solo home run off of Odalis Perez (6-10).

Perez gave up four runs and eight hits over five innings. He also walked three batters and didn't strike out any. Ryan Braun pitched the final three innings for Kansas City and surrendered two earned runs.

Jose Molina
broke a 1-1 tie in the fouth inning with a sacrifice fly after an Andy Phillips sacrifice bunt.

Melky Cabrera drove in two runs in a bizarre play. He hit a shot back at the pitcher, which bounced off his feet and the mound and went behind the Yankees' dugout. It was a ground-rule double.

Mike Myers, Luis Vizcaino and Mariano Rivera combined to get the final six outs. They didn't allow a hit or a run.

Some notes from the game:

  • Jorge Posada was out of the lineup with a bruised knee. Molina started in his place.
  • The Yankees batters didn't strike out once.
  • Alex Rodriguez went 1-3 with a sacrifice fly and a walk. Home run No. 500 will have to wait yet another day. The Yankees are 4-4 during this quest.
  • Shelley Duncan went 2-4 and started in right field, as Bobby Abreu sat against the lefty Perez.
  • Melky Cabrera went 3-5 out of the two hole.
  • Johnny Damon went 2-4 with a walk. He seems to be heating up.
  • Hideki Matsui went 0-4. He is 2-13 in August after his hot July.
The Yankees are now 59-50 on the season. Phil Hughes makes his return from his hamstring and ankle injuries tomorrow afternoon, as he faces Kyle Davies. Davies was traded from the Braves in the Octavio Dotel deal. Hughes hasn't pitched in the Majors since May 1.

(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)


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